Yes, I feel rather frustrated that we in the U.S. media just don’t seem to have the time or resources to do this story justice. A lot of questions are just begging to be answered, and a lot of powerful people need to be asked to tell the truth.
But we have a few good works to share, starting with NYT columnist George Vecsey’s perfect metaphor:
Watching the charges of deals and payoffs, Americans can feel like the naïve young cyclist in the classic movie Breaking Away who wants to participate in the world sport, only to have a more seasoned Italian cyclist stick a pump in his spokes.
Also at the NYT, Jere Longman rounds up pertinent comments from Offside: Soccer and American Exceptionalism author Andrei Markovits and others.
At Yahoo, Martin Rogers highlights today’s blockbuster from Germany, whose federation president is demanding an investigation of Qatar’s winning World Cup bid.
Soccer America finds the latest from interim CONCACAF president Lisle Austin, who keeps insisting that he has fired general secretary Chuck Blazer. (Article 28c of the CONCACAF statutes would beg to differ.)
At a lower level in the FIFA/CONCACAF org chart but with an interesting story to tell, it’s Puerto Rican federation president Eric Labrador, explaining what led him to turn in evidence. That’s from Puerto Rico’s Primera Hora, which graciously allowed IMSoccer to run an English translation. As a follow-up, IMSoccer spoke with the journalist following the story.
The most comprehensive and timely roundups have come from BigSoccer’s Bill Archer.
And from beyond these shores, we have live blogging from The Guardian, which has taken great amusement in being branded as a lying loser by people who just happened to find their way to the microphone at today’s FIFA shindig.
I’ll be at the Women’s World Cup game between Germany and Canada in Berlin. That’s not the first game of the competition — Nigeria and France open the Cup a couple of hours earlier in Sinsheim. But I hope Sepp Blatter is in attendance at Germany-Canada. Can’t wait to see what kind of reception he gets.