Soccer Politics Class Begins

By | January 8, 2015

This week I began teaching “Soccer Politics” here at Duke University for the third time. This blog will host the writings of students in the course in four different languages: English, French, German and Spanish.

You can see the class readings here.

On the first day of class we analyzed three bits of the visual archive of the sport. First, a clip from the brilliant film Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait.

Then, this moment in Algiers, one of the most crystallizing videos I have seen of the intensity of joy the World Cup can produce at its best. I wrote about the Algerian team’s 2014 run here and here.

And finally, a return — slightly traumatizing for U.S. fans, joyful for Belgium fans (I’m part both) — to what I think were some of the most thrilling moments of the 2014 World Cup. I wrote about this game hereSoccer Politics Syllabus for Blog 2015.

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About Laurent Dubois

I am Professor of Romance Studies and History and the Director of the Forum for Scholars & Publics at Duke University. I founded the Soccer Politics blog in 2009 as part of a course on "World Cup and World Politics" taught at Duke University. I'm currently teaching the course under the title "Soccer Politics" here at Duke. My books include Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France (University of California Press, 2010) and The Language of the Game: How to Understand Soccer (Basic Books, 2018)

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