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Globalization and goals: does soccer show the way?

Review of International Political Economy

A very interesting adademic paper from 2005 that has resurfaced in the context of the World Cup: How free circulation of labour in football has improved the game overall, increased inequality between clubs, but on the other hand reduced the gap in strenght between national teams – and what all of this tells us about globalisation.

Published in Weekly Filet #277

How Our 2018 World Cup Predictions Work

FiveThirtyEight

Love or hate those World Cup predictions – I, for one, love them when they have a solid methodology behind them. Here’s FiveThirtyEight’s comprehensive (yet still easy to understand) description of how they predict not just the World Cup (yay, 2% chance of Switzerland winning the title), but individual matches. The most fascinating part: how they adjust the odds during live matches.

Published in Weekly Filet #276

No1

They’ve set out to create, quite humbly, the best sports magazine in the world. Just once. And here’s the thing: I believe they will deliver. It’ll be another year until you can read it, but there’s plenty to discover on the website already.

Published in Weekly Filet #253

Icarus

Netflix

A great documentary that was never meant to be that way. A filmmaker and hobby-athlete decides to test on himself how doping works. All of a sudden he’s in the middle of one of the biggest doping scandals in history. And the Russian mastermind behind it implores him for help.

Published in Weekly Filet #244

The Meaning of Serena Williams

The New York Times Magazine

Roger Federer’s stunning win at the Australian Open is – of course – the perfect reason to re-read David Foster Wallace’s timeless piece of beauty, «Roger Federer as Religious Experience». Then again, you probably knew this one already. Serena Williams, no less impressively, won the Australian Open, too. A perfect reason to read this quintessential piece on her.

Published in Weekly Filet #226