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Let's go straight to the closing flourish, from indefatigable lefty sports grump Dave Zirin:
It's yet another reminder why it is so important for progressives to not just thrill to the joys of sport but be conversant in the politics of sports. The right will forever try to pump the worst kind of racist, nationalist garbage through our play, even at moments that by all rights should be above and beyond politics and just about the electric thrill of the moment. Especially given the right's [...] contempt for "the beautiful game", soccer of all things shouldn't suffer the curse of being a cheap, political football.