Before the World Cup arrives in June, I would suggest a refresher course on the world’s sport.
Starting on Thursday, Hofstra University – my alma mater – is holding the academic conference, Soccer As the Beautiful Game: Football’s Artistry, Identity and Politics.
It will run for three full days, including an appearance by Pelé on Friday, when he will receive an honorary doctorate. And on Sunday at Hofstra will be a clinic as well as a match by the new version of Pelé’s old team, the Cosmos.
I will be on two panels Saturday and on Thursday will moderate a panel about the original Cosmos, still the most famous soccer club in the history of the United States.
Right now, like any coach, I am sweating out the formation -- how to play Roger Allaway, the Soccer Hall of Fame historian, David Kilpatrick of Mercy College, Shep Messing, former Cosmos keeper and analyst for Red Bulls matches, and Leo Glickman of the Borough Boys. I will submit my lineup when the officials ask for it.
The academics are coming from all over the world. I am hoping they will wear period costumes like the Germans and Greeks of the famous Monty Python skit, but maybe not. More to the point, they will expand our understanding of the sport.
I spot one former men’s national player, Chris Armas, now the women’s coach at Adelphi, on a panel on Saturday. And I look forward to seeing – and hearing – friends and colleagues from around the soccer diaspora.
For a full glimpse of the program and information about tickets (and some free events):
4/10/2014 01:02:09 am
An international sport. Last night in Jerusalem, my family took a break from Passover preparations by staging a BBQ in Gan Sacher - the Central Park of our city. Two of my sons wandered off toward the concrete soccer court which was surprisingly empty. I later discovered them in a spirited contest with two young Arab boys. If only CNN was there to witness the playful coexistence.
4/10/2014 11:05:55 am
Mendel: what a lovely moment, thank you.
4/11/2014 11:14:23 am
4/11/2014 01:49:47 pm
Blessings, Alan. I agree with your sentiments completely. Best for the Holiday (hard to say "happy," given its meaning)
this is international football tournament due to World Football Federation (FIFA) held every four years for all the national football teams of FIFA member nations. Awards were first held in 1930, and was interrupted only twice in 1942 and 1946 due to the Second World War.!
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