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Senegal beats France

In a monumental upset, Senegal beat France in the first match of the World Cup today. A Hollywood screenwriter couldn’t have dreamed up a more compelling plot: France is the reigning champion, Senegal is a former French colony, this is their first World Cup match ever, and their entire starting eleven play professionally in the French domestic league. Amazing stuff.

Michael Davies, of ESPN.com’s Page 2, is at the World Cup. His diary, “The Other Football,” is excellent.

The kick off…

BUSAN, South Korea (Ticker) — The World Cup — the biggest and most significant sports event in the world — begins Friday when defending champion France meets Senegal at 7:30 a.m. EDT.

The importance of the World Cup

Here’s another excellent article about the World Cup’s importance throughout the world.

“The world’s game is not just a game”

The World Cup, the world’s most-watched sporting event, begins next week. In “The World’s Game Is Not Just a Game,” Simon Kuper describes how soccer and politics are intertwined.

Brooks on meritocracy

David Brooks on “The Merits of Meritocracy: Can self-fulfillment build character?”

All I really need to know…

“ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED BY HAVING MY ARMS RIPPED OFF BY A POLAR BEAR.” Brilliant.

“Wild Endowment Binge”

“John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Goes On Wild Endowment Binge.”

Chilavert

Jose Luis Chilavert, Paraguay’s goalkeeper, vows that he’ll score score against Spain in the World Cup. He’s scored 50 goals on penalties and free kicks in his career, and if he delivers on his promise, he’ll become the first goalkeeper to score in the World Cup.

AirlineMeals.net

AirlineMeals.net. “You fly, you get food. You like it or you don’t. But you eat it.”

After Strom

“After Strom: Can a cracker-barrel fabulist capture South Carolina’s Senate seat?”

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