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Galeano

Professional soccer does everything to castrate its own energy of happiness, but it survives in spite of all the spites.

Brazil World Cup

The Cup has become a tool for neoliberal plunder—but Brazilians are fighting back.

Stadium in Brazil

Sports tournaments will pollute air for “the earth’s lungs.”

Sasha Menu Courey

To curb sexual assault, victims need allies and advocates. Former University of Missouri football player Rolandis Woodland is a model for this.

Scaffold Brigada

In the London neighborhood of Forest Gate, the spark of a soccer revolution is brewing.

Dave Zirin and Samantha Retrosi

The Nation's sports editor Dave Zirin will join former luge competitor Samantha Retrosi to take reader questions on the politics of the Olympic games.

Sochi illustration

The Russian government’s anti-gay scapegoating diverts attention from what appears to be the most corrupt Olympics in history.

John Carlos

“You need to follow your conscience, follow your heart and follow your wisdom.”

Sochi rubble

Illegal waste dumps, displacement of residents, harsh retribution against local activists: Sochi has it all.

Blogs

At a favela five minutes from Brazil’s most famous stadium, every family has been removed by force.

June 15, 2014

I’m on my way to the World Cup to take the temperature of Brazil’s historic passion for soccer, as well as its rekindled passion for struggle.

June 12, 2014

The ad, which was booted from the Super Bowl this past year, finally aired—and it’s powerful.

June 11, 2014

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, armed with historical revisionism, wants to blame Brazil’s turmoil on political agitators. That charge won’t stick.

June 8, 2014

The NFL may say officially that “Redskins” “is not a slur,” but 1968 bronze medalist and medal-stand protester John Carlos, a man who has had more than a few invectives tossed his way over the years, disagrees.

June 4, 2014

For the first time in its eighty-six-year existence, the Palestinian national team has qualified for a major international tournament. 

June 2, 2014

In an era of carbon copies, I’m beyond grateful that Lance Stephenson can still exist and remind us of what once was.

May 30, 2014

Misogyny becomes weaponized when a culture excuses it and looks the other way.

May 27, 2014

Sterling’s quiet exit is a great outcome for the NBA brass—but not for justice.

May 23, 2014

Brazilian soccer legend Pelé has long loathed the political spotlight. He grabbed it this week to criticize the very World Cup he helped bring to his country.

May 20, 2014