How a Hong Kong soccer club is giving new life to the city’s African refugees

When Medard Koya and Bidjoua Eustache-Hauvelith founded All Black FC in Hong Kong, the city had its first all-African refugee football team. But for the club and its members, being welcomed to this new land by both its football leagues and its government is a delayed process. Now, around two years into their formation, they are still waiting for it. Continue reading How a Hong Kong soccer club is giving new life to the city’s African refugees

The Match That Never Was

When Inter Milan visited Mönchengladbach, the low capacity of Bökelbergstadion with its wooden terraces consolidated their belief that their opponents were just a small provincial club enjoying some luck in the domestic league. Confident of success, Inter took the pitch on a cold night on 20 October 1971 in a match that would come to be knows as Partita della Lattina — “the match of the can.” Continue reading The Match That Never Was

Rocking The Casbah: when Algeria brought the revolution to the football pitch

In the late 1950s, several Algerians playing in France secretly travelled to Tunisia and formed their own football team. Their objective was to garner international support for Algeria’s claim of independence from France. This is their story. Continue reading Rocking The Casbah: when Algeria brought the revolution to the football pitch

Eat Your Shoe: in defence of Iceland’s other football team

Reykjavik may have been the cynosure of soccer spotlight after Iceland’s tumultuous journey in UEFA Euro 2016 but the country, as it turns out, has not been completely fair to all its football champions. While the media response over the men’s team has been ecstatic, a lack of “hype” over the women’s team once again reinforces misogyny in sports, disproving the myth of an Icelandic football utopia. Continue reading Eat Your Shoe: in defence of Iceland’s other football team