Category Archives: Gold Cup

Nicaraguan Soccer

When I tell people I am from Latin America I usually get the follow-up question of how good is your team in soccer(especially during the World Cup). As a Nicaraguan that conversation usually leads to an uncomfortable conversation. Unlike our rivals to the south, Costa Rica who have qualified for the World Cup four times,… Read More »

Invisible Men? Racism in Honduran Soccer

* This article is cross-posted with the blog ¿Opio del pueblo? During the Mexico-Trinidad/Tobago Gold Cup quarterfinal the other night, I was part of an engaging twitter discussion about racism in CONCACAF soccer that centered around these posts: It has struck me how much blatant racism you see around #GoldCup chat sites/twitter directed at Caribbean… Read More »

Parables

In October 2001, the national football teams of France and Algeria faced off in a long-awaited, and (at least in principle) “friendly” international game at the Stade de France in Paris. The event was trumpeted as an opportunity for reconciliation, a symbolic end to the conflict between the two countries, and an opportunity for a… Read More »

“You’ve Never Heard of Chicharito?”

That was the dismayed, slightly disbelieving, question posed by a fan of a Mexico team last night to the North Carolinian worker at the food stand getting him a beer and hot dog. We were at the Carolina Panthers stadium (actually named, of course, after a large financial institution, the Bank of America), and it… Read More »