All these issues - women's rights, LGBT rights and, foreigner's rights - are issues that were first publicly raised by international human rights and trade union activists after Qatar was awarded the World Cup in late 2010.
What exactly is the substance of the spirit of our faith? Why do we cling to something as irrational as faith in the face of the rational, visceral reality of so much suffering, corruption, and violence?
Here in Florida, soccer is still my daughter's first love. It's what she wants to do in high school, in college, as a career (as well as speak six languages). Soccer is her life. And, I'm there to support her because that is what parents do.
The pharmaceutical industry has become the object of derision over the past couple decades. Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign marked a high-water moment in this swelling critique, as Mr. Gore juxtaposed 'Big Pharma' alongside 'Big Tobacco' as a central part of his populist message.
If you wonder why I'm making this comparison, then you're probably not Costa Rican. So before going on any further, I'd like to try (and I say try because no word will do it justice) to explain what the past World Cup meant for Costa Rica.
Like most people of my generation from the Netherlands, my life is closely associated with that of Johan Cruyff, the Dutch football icon who died Thursday at the age of 68. Wherever I would go around the world, people would bring up "Kroif".
They argue that Sheikh Tamim, who took office after his father, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, stepped down in 2013, has begun with the reshuffle to move the old guard aside and pave the road for change.
One of the best storytellers of the last 50 plus years is charming east London-born sports journalist, author and now also blogger Norman Giller, who recently dropped his journalist's cloak of neutrality and came out, as a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur football club!