Many Americans may not realize it, but understanding soccer can really help explain international relations and national pride around the globe. As the 2006 World Cup kicks off this weekend, we explore the unique intersection of sports and geopolitics.


  • Franklin Foer Editor, The New Republic; author "How Soccer Explains the World: An (Unlikely) Theory of Globalization" (Harper Perennial)
  • Branko Milanovic Lead Economist for Development Research, World Bank Group; and Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Kelly Whiteside Staff writer, USA Today
  • Fritz Hahn Bars and Clubs Editor,

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