Is it starting? I hadn’t noticed… Sifting through the trillions of WC pieces, here are a few worth your time.
I like this – is it nationalism or globalism? Or both? via the NYT.
Forget the pundits! A quick round up of what economists think will happen at the World Cup, from the FT
The decline of the World Cup manager: why talented international coaches have become a dying breed. (via the Indy)
What makes a country good at football? Various things, says the Economist.
Why isn’t the US there? The inside story of how they screwed up. From the Ringer.
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Me, on the Forbes rich list and what it tells us about sport.
The curious case of Bryan Colangelo and the secret Twitter account. From the Ringer again. A good story.TENNIS
Why is Nadal SOOOOO good on clay? CNN takes a look.
How Chris Froome won Giro d’Italia thanks to ‘spectacular’ stage 19 victory. (BBC)
From a while ago, but worth a read. Is the Vegas Golden Knights’ run as amazing as Leicester City’s? (538)
We want sport to be competitive, don’t we? Or not – an interesting essay on why we demand sports dynasties, not parity.