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Posted: June 1, 2016 at 1:22 am   /   Culture, Race, The Buzz

Karim Benzema says the decision to leave him out of the French squad for Euro 2016 came because boss Didier Deschamps “bowed to the pressure of a racist part of France”. 28-year-old Benzema’s place has been in serious doubt since he was implicated in a criminal plot to blackmail former international teammate Mathieu Valbuena over a […]

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Posted: March 10, 2015 at 1:15 am   /   Culture, Race

Hylton Dayes is the men’s soccer coach at the University of Cincinnati, and one of only eight black coaches in all of Division 1 soccer. But when Dayes and his assistant Dan McNally, who is white, are introduced in new settings it’s often assumed that McNally is the one in charge. “I’m used to it […]

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‘Too many blacks’ in Italian soccer, says country’s former World Cup coach

Posted: March 2, 2015 at 1:31 am   /   Culture, Race, The Buzz

Former Milan coach Arrigo Sacchi claimed Monday that Italian soccer “has no dignity or pride” because there are “too many blacks” and “foreigners” in top clubs’ youth teams. In yet another example of racism in Italian soccer, Sacchi hit out at the number of foreign players and non-ethnic Italians playing for Italian clubs at this […]

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For Algeria, football remains a fault line with France

Posted: July 5, 2014 at 3:51 pm   /   Race

In April 1958, a few months before the World Cup, two members of the French national team snuck across the border to Italy, and from there to Tunis. For a few days, no one knew where they were. Then they appeared at a press conference alongside other professional footballers who had also left, undetected, from […]

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Black identity in Brazil

Posted: June 28, 2014 at 11:26 pm   /   Brasil, Culture, Race

Before teams representing their countries from around the world arrived in Brazil, the country’s president, Dilma Rousseff, took the opportunity to label 2014 the “anti-racism World Cup.” The declaration came after a wave of racist incidents in soccer around the world targeting Black players, many of whom are Brazilian. While it’s a well-intentioned gesture and […]

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Black in Brazil

Posted: February 15, 2014 at 10:43 pm   /   Brasil, Culture, Race

Great film, a little long but worth the education… Like UrbanStreetSoccer on Facebook. Follow UrbanStreetSoccer on Twitter @UrbanStSoccer

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For Soccer to Flourish in the U.S., Its Doors Must Open

Posted: August 1, 2013 at 10:10 am   /   Race, UrbanStreetSoccer

Great article by William C. Rhoden…….. In the aftermath of a strong performance by the national team in the Confederations Cup, U.S. Soccer officials are confident that the sport’s time has arrived here. They are excited about the prospect of bringing young Hispanic and African-Americans into the mainstream. But any discussion about the future of […]

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Kevin Constant Walks off field after racist abuse

Posted: July 24, 2013 at 5:34 pm   /   Race, The Buzz

AC Milan caught up in fresh racism row as midfielder Constant storms off over alleged abuse from Sassuolo fans in friendly.

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Lack of Black Football Managers a Problem

Posted: July 23, 2013 at 11:22 am   /   Race

About a quarter of players are black, but just two out of 92 league clubs in England currently employ a non-white manager The number of black managers in English professional football has doubled – to a grand total of two – after it was announced on Thursday that Paul Ince would be taking over at […]

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Racial divide driving a wedge into soccer’s grassroots

Posted: July 5, 2013 at 1:53 pm   /   Race, US System

Has much changed since Steven Wells wrote this article?  Some will say “a lot”, others will say “some”, but we clearly know, Not Enough………….. Boston’s Pop Warner “urban suburban” American football league collapsed earlier this month. Parents of the suburban 7-14-year-olds said that the urban kids played too rough. And urban playing fields were “unsafe”. And […]

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