Tag: football

Football and homophobia, a taboo hard to overcome

football v homophobia

Homosexuality in sports can still be a taboo, especially for male athletes. Those (statistically) hiding it aren’t to blame. They’re probably scared that both teammates and supporters might turn their career and life to hell, as precedents aren’t comforting…

Uruguay 1980, the P2 Lodge, football and the Gold Cup (on TV)

logo mundialito 1980

Authoritarian regimes often used sports, especially football, for propaganda. For example, Mussolini did it in the 1934 World Cup, and was “copied” by Brazil in 1950 – except they lost the final match. Other times the kermesse is created out of nothing. This is the case of the Gold Cup played in Uruguay between 1980 and 1981. A basically useless competition, wanted by the deviated Masonic Lodge P2 and the Uruguayan dictatorship…

Against all odds

Football (or soccer for those who live in the U.S.) is loved and treated like a religion by many fans because is not an exact science. So, even if it’s not likely, sometimes happens that the underdog takes the trophy home, against all odds. There are many Cinderella stories, like Denmark 1992, Greece 2004, Iraq 2007…

Africa, magic and football: the hat of Robert Mensah

Is the final of the African Champions League of 1971 and Asante Kotoko is leading, until the corrupted referee gives a penalty to the home team, Englebert. The coach of Asante wants to pull back the team, to protest, but the goalkeeper Robert Mensah stops him. He’s got his magic hat, but the opponents say it’s juju, therefore against the rules. If he will defend the goal, he will have to take it off…