Professional soccer used to export its English-language terminology, giving other languages words like "penalty" and "goal." But now, the roles are reversed. English-speakers use expressions loaned from other languages to describe skill moves: "rabona," "panenka," "gegenpress."
Commentary: At a moment when Islamophobia and malice for refugees are ascendant throughout Britain and the Western World, Mo Salah is a Muslim, Arab and North African who openly and unapologetically professes his faith on Europe’s hallowed soccer fields.
Stephanie Labbé is one of Canada's best women soccer players. Two years ago, she was the goalkeeper for Canada's bronze-medal winning Olympic soccer team in Rio. After the games, Labbé wanted to keep playing professionally in Canada, but there are no professional women's teams.
Beitar Jerusalem is closely aligned with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, and its fans have long viewed themselves as political and economic outsiders. When it’s viewed through this lens, the team’s eagerness to associate itself with Trump and his brand of politics make sense.
Teklit Michael dreamed of competing in the Olympics. But the Eritrean runner had to flee his country. He's now among the estimated 20,000 African migrants living without papers in Israel. And Israel has announced plans to deport them.
But that is all set to change this weekend. When Udoka Azubuike leads his Kansas Jayhawks into the men's college basketball Final Four against Villanova in San Antonio, his mom should be cheering in the stands.