Brian Philips on the 2014 World Cup madness

Brian Philips has been delivering some top soccer coverage for Grantland the past few weeks. His latest, a summary of the wild group stage and accompanying circus, is worth the (lengthy) read.

His two focuses were the brilliance of individual players in this World Cup (“…Messi dragging entire defenses across the pitch like someone resizing a browser window”) and the global interconnectedness of the event (“Over the next 10 days, a substantial portion of the living population of the Earth will have its feelings altered simultaneously by the actions of 22 men chasing a ball around a field in Brazil.”).

He even briefly acknowledged some of the darker issues FIFA is facing, like it’s blind eye turned towards deplorable working conditions in Qatar for the 2018 stadium, and renewed allegations of match fixing. He’s writing about sports, for a sports website, so I respect that he took at least a little time to remind his audience of the broader picture.

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