For almost all the European football fans the season is over. From an IR perspective we provide a different top-5 this week.
First, the FIFA corruption scandal. Such very relevant international organization has been ruled for years by the same people. But this era seems at the end. Here an updated report on bribes, football and World Cup.
Regarding World Cup, The Washington Post published a devastating analysis on the unprecedented death toll of migrant workers after the announcement of Qatar’s successful bid in 2010. Disgusting.
Some troubles also in Russia after the FIFA scandal. A clear example of the connection between international politics and football. As reported by Time, “Russian officials were quick to claim Wednesday that a U.S. conspiracy is behind the corruption scandal that shook the world of international soccer”.
Some days ago, Barcelona defeated Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey Final (here the amazing goal by Messi). In a globalized era, the story of the Athletic is still incredible. Here a (not so updated but brilliant) article of the unique Basque Team.
Finally, the next Champions League final well illustrates the global dimension of football, which has incredibly increased its popularity in recent years (especially in East Asia). (P.S. Venus in Arms is so “international” that we do not support the Italian team in Berlin…vamos Barcelona)