The EiF World Cup Edition
In this special first print edition of EiF, dedicated to the World Cup, we have looked to represent a range of countries and regions involved in this year’s tournament.
From South America, where the World Cup has its origins, Tim Vickery and Sam Kelly write about the significance the Copa holds for Uruguay and Argentina respectively.
From Brazil, the home of the five-time world champions, Osiris Nerone explains the enduring significance of one of the great matches in World Cup history, when defending champions England faced the illustrious seleção of Pelé at Mexico 1970.
In Egypt all eyes are on the national team that has qualified for its first World Cup in 28 years, and particularly on Mohamed Salah, the decorated Liverpool forward who has lit up both the English Premier League and the UEFA Champions League this season. Abdel-Rahman Hussein elucidates the socio-political contexts of Salah’s remarkable story.
Politics and society are also fascinating topics for discussion in the home of the current world champions. Jonathan Harding writes from Germany about Jérôme Boateng, whose story is emblematic of the country’s convoluted attitudes towards immigration.
From Asia, John Duerden charts the fascinating historical rivalry between Japan and South Korea through the lens of their involvement with the World Cup – as qualification hopefuls, as participants and as co-hosts.
As World Cup hosts, Russia face inordinate pressure to perform, and the man tasked with leading a struggling national team to success is Stanislav Cherchesov. Joel Amorim unfolds the former goalkeeper’s inspirational life story.
Finally, we return to the inventors of the game. With English glory at the 1966 World Cup now a distant memory, winning manager Alf Ramsey stands apart in the history of the national team, and Tim Vickery points to the origins of his success.