Author Archives: Steven Hassey

The New Scramble for Africa

In African Soccerscapes, I found the modern extraction of talent from Africa to be disturbing. Peter Alegi, the author of the book, finds parallels between this modern exploitation of African resources and the pillaging of Africa throughout the colonial period. And, to a certain extent, he is correct. In recent memory, players like Michael Essien… Read More »

Eden Hazard

He dances on the ball. A flick to the left, a slight touch to the right. Defenders fall down, bowing to the ebullient, lively, controlling force as it moves past, ever closer to the net. They foul, they flop, they pray to their God of choice that he will just play the ball away, preserving… Read More »