This piece, titled At the UN, how we envy the World Cup, came to me via the mailing list I’m about to go into withdrawal from, as I’ve unsubbed until after Clarion West is over.
You may wonder what a secretary general of the United Nations is doing writing about football. But in fact, the World Cup makes us at the United Nations green with envy. As the pinnacle of the only truly global game, played in every country by every race and religion, it is one of the few phenomena as universal as the United Nations.
You could even say it’s more universal. FIFA has 207 members; we have only 191.
Good piece of writing.