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REPORT – SPORTS AND POLITICS (1) The power of the cleatThe power of the cleat


The requirements are few but essential: teamwork, a thirst for competition, a flag and money. Is this an army? Nope, geo-football.

The story of twenty-two blokes in their underpants chasing a ball isn’t really fair. Football is much more important than that, and not just in terms of passion and social impact. It’s a consensus machine, an image building contraption, a power tool. And not just today, it has always been that way.

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