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Own Goal: How FIFA and Politics Could Cool Latin America's World Cup Fever

June 07, 2018

Celebrating the World Cup is a ritual in Latin America: kids trading Panini cards, official and unofficial work holidays, and conspicuous displays of national pride are the norm. 

But at this year’s edition, which begins in Moscow on June 14, politics have become a distraction, and the region’s usual tournament buzz is subdued. 

FIFA, soccer’s now-infamous governing body, is at the center of the commotion. The organization has made a dizzying number of headlines in the past three years, beginning with a corruption scandal uncovered by the U.S. Department of Justice and...

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