While Europe celebrates, the rest of the world will miss Blatter



Sepp Blatter is a consummate politician who took advantage of a shifting world order and Fifa’s history. The FIFA headquarters in Switzerland, from where Sepp Blatter resigned. Photo: Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images After the years of acrimonious press conferences, there was something almost poignant about the fact that when the end came for the Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, he announced his…

Letter from Equatorial Guinea: forget human rights – here comes the football



When Morocco withdrew from hosting the African Cup of Nations, citing Ebola fears, Equatorial Guinea stepped in. But at what cost? A worker installs a flag advertising the cup. Photo: A worker installs a flag for the cup. Photo: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images In the middle of the jungle stands Mongomo. The city, at the western edge of Equatorial Guinea, has a…

It has been the World Cup of the individual, but Germany showed us the power of the team game



Germany, superbly well drilled, provided the perfect example of the superiority of the team game with their 7-1 evisceration of Brazil’s emotionally overcharged individuals in the semi-final. The German team celebrate their fourth goal against Brazil in the 2014 World Cup semi-final. Photo: Getty This has been the World Cup of the individual. More than in any World Cup since the…