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Brazil smirks at World Cup result — before hangover sets in

As the tourists head to the airport,a chastened Brazil is left to pick up the pieces. Freelance writer Django Merope Synge reports from Rio.

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Countering Keane’s hissy fit: why soccer is great

So Bernard Keane thinks soccer is a ‘silly sport’, tainted by corruption. Writer Hari Raj reckons he’s wrong, and sets out why the World Cup is worth watching (at 2am).

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Comparing artichokes to wet lettuces

Crikey readers have their say on soccer, Tasmania’s next governor and other issues of the day.

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In defence of soccer

Crikey readers talk anti-Semitism and why Bernard Keane knows nothing about soccer.

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I despise the World Cup, and I’m not ashamed to say it

Soccer is ludicrously corrupt and fundamentally silly. And that’s why I not ashamed of admitting I hate the World Cup, writes Bernard Keane.

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Brazil loses the Cup, loses hope, loses everything

It’s a very bleak day in Brazil, with the country’s World Cup hopes smashed by Germany. Django Merope Synge reports on the mop-up in Rio.

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Brazilians would be protesting against the Cup — but there’s soccer to watch

When Brazilians watch soccer, they are not individuals watching sport. They are a heaving, unified glorious mass with a single mind — and who can protest when that sort of thing is going on? Crikey’s man on the ground Django Merope Synge reports from Rio.

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Viva Rio! A field guide to recognising the tourists of the Cup

The sunburnt, drunk tourists of the World Cup are having the time of their lives. But they’re certainly not seeing the real Brazil. Freelance writer Django Merope Synge reports from Rio.

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From murder to match-fixing: top controversies in World Cup history

Think Luis Suarez flashing his pearly whites is bad? Crikey intern Rachel Clayton looks back at some of the mayhem on and off the pitch at previous World Cups.

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Guy Rundle’s Marxist guide to the World Cup

Now that Australia is out of the World Cup, whom should you support? Certainly not France, what with their bloody imperialist history.Iran? Greece? Should that even be in the First World? Crikey’s resident Marxist gives you the run-down on which countries are the bastardiest.

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In Cuiaba, Australia’s field of dreams, they’re sick of the Cup already

The World Cup starts in just a few months. But Dan Moss, an Australian freelance journalist in Cuiaba, says Brazil is nowhere near ready to host the showcase of the world game.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Whatever the forecasts contained in tonight’s budget, they will almost certainly be wrong. Plus other political views along the way.

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Only the Germans left to kick goals for austerity

Only the Germans are left to fly the flag for austerity at Euro 2012. And austerity is losing its grip elsewhere as well, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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The billionaire businessman and soccer saviour

Frank Lowy is widely seen as the man who fixed the mess that was Australian soccer. Yet his power could be on the wane, particularly if increasing calls to oust him come to fruition, explains Tom Cowie in his profile of Lowy.

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Melbourne Victory vs. Glasgow Celtics: kilts, the cold and quality football

Intrepid Crikey intern Michael McGowan along with just over twenty thousand other football fans braved typically abominable Melbourne weather to watch a pre-season friendly between the Melbourne Victory and the touring Glasgow Celtic.

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Why losing the World Cup bid is an economic win

There is very little economic gain to be had by hosting giant sporting events, writes economist Dennis Coates. So why do countries — and Australia is as guilty as the rest of them — continue to overbid for them?

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Screw you FIFA. And screw you Qatar. And sucked in England

Money talks. But when it comes to FIFA and bidding for a World Cup, money not only talks, it sings sweet corrupting love songs that, like a siren from a Greek legend, lures crusty old white men from FIFA to host the World’s biggest sporting event in Qatar, writes an angry Leigh Josey.

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Conroy confirms: soccer punished with a return to anti-siphoning

While speculation has centred on what will be removed from the anti-siphoning list, we now know soccer will be punished by being put back on.

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Does a corrupt Fifa need to delay 2018 World Cup bids?

Allegations of corruption and vote-buying by two key members of the Fifa executive committee have senior officials calling for the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to be suspended.

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Slate | LINKS|

The fake national soccer team

It’s an odd tale: a “fake” team from the tiny African nation of Togo pretended to be the national soccer team and competed overseas. But it’s the underlying issues of political instability and violence that reveal the most about soccer in Africa, says Brian Phillips.

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Financial Times | LINKS|

Coach Maradona no longer

Diego Maradona has been ousted as coach of the Argentinian national football team. With all the drama that follows the former star, the only surprise is that he lasted as long as he did, says Daniel Schweimler.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Watching the World Cup around the globe

Australia’s Socceroos may be embarrassing themselves at the World Cup, but at least we can enjoy football fever with this photo gallery of the efforts fans go to to support their team.

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What is that damn noisy horn the South Africans are blowing?

Meet the Vuvuzela: a noise-making horn that South African fans are obsessed with blowing loudly at football games. But will it become the must have item for fans or the bane of the World Cup?

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South Africa: not just racism and slums

Australia is out of the hosting race for the 2018 World Cup, but dreams aren’t yet over for South Africa, where the Cup kicks off tonight. Can the influx of foreign fans change people’s perceptions of poverty-stricken Africa?

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How to explain football to AFL fans

A very clever concept, a guide to understanding World Cup teams by comparing them to similar AFL teams. So Brazil is the Geelong Cats of the Cup and North Korea is more of a Richmond Tigers.

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