National Identity

  • By Jorge Knijnik
    09.07.2018 /
    After four years of the ‘best World Cup ever’, Brazil’s World Cup legacy is taking shape – and it doesn’t look pretty for the lovers of the once iconic ‘jogo bonito'. Jorge Knijnik looks into the cultural, political and sporting impact of the 2014 event on the people of Brazil.
  • 21.06.2018 /
    When Argentina plays at the 2018 World Cup in Russia they are not alone. A group of ‘Barrasbravas’, as the Argentine ultras are known, are following their team to Russia. The Barrasbravas are not the only fan group with a violent record.
  • Photo: Republic of Korea/Flickr
    By Freelance journalist Asger Røjle Christensen, Tokyo
    02.02.2018 /
    Sport has united Korea in the past. But only for short periods of time and without securing lasting détente between North and South Korea. Asger Røjle Christensen describes previous and current attempts of sports diplomacy on the Korean peninsula.
  • Photo: Football Collective
    05.12.2016 /
    Questionable treatment of immigrants in Italian football was laid bare at the first conference of the new Football Collective in Manchester, England.
  • Photo: Quinn Cowper/Flickr
    14.09.2015 /
    Analysis: India has the potential to emerge as the next superpower in sport, but corruption and the lack of governing reforms have come in between. Murali Krishnan analyses sports politics in a country that has been called sport’s ‘sleeping giant’.
  • Photo: David Wilson/Flickr
    By Christer Ahl
    19.03.2015 /
    Can Europeans and Americans overcome rooted traditions and learn from each other when it comes to developing elite sport and sport for all? Born in Europe and living in America for 40 years, Christer Ahl this time discusses the very different approaches to sports across the Atlantic.
  • Photo: vancityhotshots/Flickr
    08.12.2014 /
    Tokyo’s hosting of the Olympic Games in 1964 was a PR triumph, which reflected on the entire population’s self-confidence. The Japanese government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s vision for the 2020 Games is to repeat this success, but it will be a Japan with all its strengths, weaknesses and inner conflicts that opens its doors to the world.
  • 18.11.2013 /
    In just 12 weeks, the opening ceremony for the Sochi Olympics will bid athletes and fans from all around the world welcome to the most expensive Olympic Games ever.

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