Topic: Nationalism

June 8, 2012

Being a soccer fan invariably involves more cheering for the jersey than the player wearing it. For the national teams competing in Euro 2012, that's doubly so. Players don't just play for a national team—they play for their country. Which means they play with all the hang-ups and other issues of that country, too.

March 7, 2012

Lionel Messi is perhaps the most fun-to-watch soccer player on earth. But, of all people, Messi's Argentine countrymen seem incapable of fully enjoying or embracing this most joyous and embraceable of stars. There are reasons for this, but they have little to do with Leo.