SPORTS AND POLITICS (2) - Football diplomacy Politics in sports are played oﬀ the pitch
So Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup could be a blessing in disguise.
- Thursday, 01 March 2018
Forget about results. When it comes to the politics of football, it doesn’t matter who wins the match. And the outcomes of the political game are not left to chance; they are the fruit of calculation, relationships, attention to detail, power and the allocation of positions on governing bodies. The political game is played far from the pitch. In stark contrast to the jostling of new powers on the scene, established powers have cultivated relationships over many years.