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On global footballitis, odd balls and artful penmanship

The World Cup 2010 edition is now upon us, and a few random observation aside – such as on the erratic Jabulani ball itself – I dwell on why I enjoy the literary blog in Babelia, the cultural supplement of Spanish newspaper El País. This, mostly because their guest contributors, all distinguished writers, reflect on the World Cup, too.

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Relentless, priceless, speechless

A beautiful picture captures the very instance of one magical moment that makes football great: Ruud “van Gol” van Nistelrooy scores a brace within 90 seconds, while a few gob-smacked supporters of the opposing team watch, mouth agape, at what he just did.