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R2B: “Reverse Graffiti”

Posted: August 20, 2013 at 1:42 pm   /   Brasil, Culture

Street Art Intervention: Alexandre Orion’s “Ossário” in São Paulo, Brazil

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African and Muslim

Posted: August 1, 2013 at 2:08 pm   /   Africa, Culture

Assimilation is one of the most discussed topics in global football as players make foreign leagues their homes. The fate of African players was thrown into the spotlight this week when Senegal’s Papiss Cisse showed how differences can sometimes cause difficulties. 

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R2B: Brazil plans for cultural immersion at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Posted: July 25, 2013 at 4:48 pm   /   Brasil, Culture, World Cup

Photo credit: Brazil kicked off its dress rehearsal to the World Cup with the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. To the non-soccer fan, the relationship between Brazil and the world’s most popular sport could seem confusing, particularly given the current controversy surrounding Brazil’s preparation for hosting the World Cup. Despite this, Brazil has a long-standing […]

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World Cup vs. The People

Posted: July 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm   /   Culture

We are in a time where information is abundant and accessible. We are not limited to an either/or existence. Not only do we have more, but we are expected to do more. Be more. Embrace more. This access to information is what makes this time in history special. The responsibility of these privileges have been […]

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Road 2 Brazil 14

Posted: July 2, 2013 at 5:19 pm   /   Brasil, Culture

Now that the Confederations Cup is in the books with Brazil sitting on top, and we’re officially less than a year away from the World Cup, we thought it was a good time to start our Road to Brazil series.  We’ll take an in-depth look into the country that captivates the world in so many […]

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All Hispanics Don’t Like Soccer

Posted: June 20, 2013 at 6:01 pm   /   Culture, Hispanics

Soccer season in the U.S. officially started last month (the Major League Soccer schedule). I was reading up about the latest blitzes targeting Hispanics. Everything I’d been reading was about “Hispanic soccer viewing numbers up for soccer”, “soccer unifies Hispanics”, “soccer is the wave of the future for U.S. Hispanics”. And honestly much of the […]

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Confederations Cup: Tahiti

Posted: June 17, 2013 at 10:00 am   /   Culture, UrbanStreetSoccer

Location: In the South Pacific Ocean about half way between South America and Australia Capital: Papeete Population: 274,512 Official Language: French Ethnic Groups: Polynesian 78%, Chinese 12%, local French 6%, metropolitan French 4% FIFA Ranking #138. Players to Watch: Steevy Chung Hue, Marima Vahiura 

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Confederations Cup: Nigeria

Posted: June 17, 2013 at 7:58 am   /   Culture, UrbanStreetSoccer

 Location: Western Africa, bordering the Gulf of Guinea, between Benin and Cameroon  Capital: Abuja Population: 127,368,088 Languages: English (official), Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo (Ibo), Fulani, over 500 additional indigenous languages Ethnic Groups: Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, is composed of more than 250 ethnic groups; the following are the most populous and politically influential: Hausa and Fulani 29%, Yoruba […]

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Confederations Cup: Italy

Posted: June 16, 2013 at 11:31 am   /   Culture, UrbanStreetSoccer

Population: 61,261,254 Location: Southern Europe, a peninsula extending into the central Mediterranean Sea, northeast of Tunisia Capital: Rome Languages: Italian (official), German (parts of Trentino-Alto Adige region are predominantly German speaking), French (small French-speaking minority in Valle d’Aosta region), Slovene (Slovene-speaking minority in the Trieste-Gorizia area) Ethnic Groups: Italian (includes small clusters of German-, French-, and Slovene-Italians in the […]

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Confederations Cup: Mexico

Posted: June 16, 2013 at 11:24 am   /   Culture, UrbanStreetSoccer

Location: North America, bordering the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, between Belize and the U.S. and bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between Guatemala and the U.S. Capital: Mexico City Population: 114,975,406 Language: Spanish only 92.7%, Spanish and indigenous languages 5.7%, indigenous only 0.8%, unspecified 0.8% (indigenous languages include various Mayan, Nahuatl, and other regional languages) Ethnic Groups: mestizo (Amerindian-Spanish) 60%, […]

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