Soccer as Geopolitical Indicator as World Cup Kicks Off

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Tonight, the 2010 World Cup officially kicks off, starting with the opening ceremonies in Johannesburg, South Africa. For the next month, teams from across the globe will compete for the chance to take the Cup back to their country.

But for millions of fans around the world, soccer is much more than just a sport: it's a way of life. And for Steven and Harrison Stark, it's an indicator of world diplomacy. The father-and-son team are authors of the new book, “World Cup 2010: The Indispensable Guide to Soccer and Geopolitics.”


Harrison Stark and Steven Stark

Comments [3]

Gerry from NYC

Brazil's football team a symbol of a COUNTRY of "racial harmony?" The racial separation in Brazil is, in FACT, significantly greater on all levels, with the possible exception of football/soccer teams, than in the USA. Certainly The Takeaway commentator should have her facts a little straighter before making a stereotypical observation like that.

Jun. 10 2010 08:10 AM
Kevin from Hampshire, UK

Quite right Patrick. In Scotland you can buy t-shirts which say "Anyone but England" (which is a sure bet, it certainly won't be England...).

Good luck to the USA on Saturday!

Jun. 10 2010 08:07 AM
Patrick Russell from NYC

You announcer stated that the US was playing britain on Saturday. The United States is not playing Britain on Saturday. The US is playing ENGLAND!!! Britain is made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. All of whom have their own soccer teams, but alas did not make it to the World Cup.

Jun. 10 2010 07:55 AM

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