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John Doyle World Cup

The party’s over, and we’re already forgetting what she looked like. Futfanatico says reality has already been digested by the Spanish metanarrative, while David Gendelman at Fair Play says we’re all already losers. At True/Slant, Zach Dundas argued before the match that the two squads embodied the two sides of soccer: control versus incident, era versus accident. Fake Sigi says it wasn’t the worst World Cup ever, just “crap soccer masquerad[ing] as the pinnacle of the sport.” And The Globe and Mail’s John Doyle enjoyed watching the upending of North American notions of sport as a series of Hallmark moments.

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Soccer and Canada’s Culture Wars

The World Cup trophy came to Toronto last week, and the Canadian minister of citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism was there to greet it. But while the minister’s conservative government has fetishized hockey as “an emanation of Canadian culture,” soccer codes multicultural, young, urban, sophisticated, worldly, and non-traditionally Canadian. So, did the minister know what he was doing? (John Doyle/Globe and Mail)