• Fortune Telling Originally published on CBC.ca   In the 2006 World Cup, I was convinced that the best team was Argentina. But they didn't win. In their quarter-final match against Germany, the Albiceleste were controlling the game, but with 20 minutes to go the team changed tactics. Their coach began substituting off their best players as they […]
  • A Little Piece of Portugal Originally published on CBC.ca   The match was scheduled to kick off in half an hour and I was certain that the best seats would already be taken. At least that's what I expected as I rushed into CafĂ© Caco to watch Portugal take on Brazil.   To my surprise the cafe was nearly empty. […]
  • Celebrating Identity Originally published on CBC.ca   A friend recently returned from South Korea. He brought with him stories of local fans dressed and painted in red, gathering in public spaces to cheer on their national team. Much the same is happening in countries around the world.   In Argentina and Chile, schools have set up TVs […]
  • Something to Cheer About Originally published on CBC.ca   Azzuri was about to take on Paraguay and I was at the Heart & Crown on Preston street, surrounded by the familiar blue of the four-time World Cup winning Italy.   Sitting there among the Italian fans, I got the sense that soccer for them is as much about family […]
  • 500,000,000 Others Originally published on CBC.ca   I was invited to watch the opening ceremony of the World Cup at a special event arranged by the South African High Commission. Our host put on a great show which included an impromptu congo line to the beat of Shakira's Waka Waka, as well as a giant stuffed Zakumi […]
  • Only in Canada Originally published on CBC.ca   I had to do it. How could I not; after all the World Cup only happens every four years. The first jersey I tried on was a perfect fit. There was no fighting it now, I told myself, as I was walking up to the cash.   "Argentina!"   The […]