A World Cup with Less Injuries

On Sunday, the Netherlands took on Spain in the final World Cup match. Spain is obviously a tremendous team, and to fight them it seemed clear that Holland was forced to use some violent tactics, even deserving of red cards. The game will be remembered, among other things, as the most penalty-ridden World Cup final … Continue reading

Refugees and the Real Football: World Cup Begins

It is World Cup day, everyone! At 9am CST, Mexico will face off against home team and underdog South Africa. In all the excitement and buzz, here’s one last topic to pray about and consider as you enjoy the games. Life in South Africa is very hard for refugees, and it can be even harder … Continue reading

The Real Football and Reconciliation

Soccer opens the door for reconciliation. Right… tell that to Scotland’s Celtic and Rangers fans… Celtic and Rangers clash in 2008 But it really does. It is probably because the sport is such a global success that, especially in countries that accept a lot of refugees and immigrants, people who normally would not find belonging … Continue reading

Prayer for South Africa and the World Cup

The World Cup is the most watched sporting event in the world. That is simply amazing (I mean, really? More than the Canadian curling championship? What is the world coming to?). So, no surprise, it is a very big deal that South Africa is hosting the event for the first time on the African continent, … Continue reading

The Real Football and Marginalized Children

It is football time, my friends, and I am excited. No I don’t mean the football with the big guys who beat each other up. I mean the football with the smaller guys who don’t touch anything – not even the ball. I became a soccer fan during the ’02 World Cup, when a few … Continue reading

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