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Croatian nationalist singer Marko Perkovic (known as Thompson) performs during an event to welcome Zlatko Dalic, Croatia's national football coach, at a local stadium in the Western-Bosnian town of Livno on July 24, 2018.

In Croatia, Nazi Sympathizers Are Welcome to Join the Party

The national soccer team celebrated its strong World Cup showing alongside a singer who glorifies the country’s fascist past. But it shouldn’t have come as a surprise.

Members of the Croatian soccer team celebrate after scoring a goal against Nigeria at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 16. (Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

How a WWII-Era Chant Found Its Way to World Cup 2018

Symbols have power, even in soccer. Just ask Croatia.

A woman is locked up in a transparent suitcase reading "Stop Human Trafficking! 60 Years of Human Rights" on a luggage belt at the airport in Munich, Germany, on December 11, 2008. The Human Rights organization Amnesty International staged the action to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Putin Doesn’t Care about Sex Trafficking

Russia could have done something to prevent sexual exploitation of foreign women during the World Cup. It chose not to.

Peruvian players huddle prior before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group C match between Australia and Peru at Fisht Stadium on June 26 in Sochi, Russia. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Peru’s National Identity Was Bound Up With Conflict and Corruption for Decades — Then It Qualified for the World Cup.

On our podcast, how a country scores two goals in the soccer tournament and finds redemption.

Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan plays soccer during an exhibition match at the Basaksehir stadium on July 26, 2014, in Istanbul. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

Captain Erdogan Can’t Help the Turkish Soccer Team

With so much political, social, and financial capital invested in its national squad, why can’t Turkey qualify for a World Cup?

Then Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping kicks a Gaelic football  as he visits Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland, on February 19, 2012. (Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images)

Xi Jinping Is the World’s Most Powerful Soccer Coach

China's team is a national embarrassment — but the party chairman has big plans for the game.

Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates after scoring the winning goal in the 2018 World Cup match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22. (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

For Serbs, Switzerland Isn’t Neutral

Serbia’s nationalist soccer fans hoped to restore their national pride by beating a Swiss team led by Kosovar stars. Instead, the Kosovo-born Xherdan Shaqiri handed them a humiliating defeat.

Fans cheer for Mexico during an international friendly soccer match against Croatia at AT&T Stadium on March 27 in Arlington, Texas.  (Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)

If Trump Tears Up NAFTA, Sports Will Keep North America Together

The joint 2026 World Cup is yet another sign that Canada, Mexico, and the United States are becoming increasingly culturally and economically interdependent.

Senator George Weah greets his supporters during a campaign rally in Monrovia on Oct. 8. (Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)

A Football God Is About to Become President of Liberia

Former AC Milan striker George Weah is revered in soccer-obsessed West Africa, but can he convince Liberians he’s smart enough for the top job?

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Mexican Soccer Star Sanctioned for Drug Trafficking Ties

Rafa Marquez, Mexico’s captain, allegedly linked to Flores narco ring.

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 17:  Teams and Officials Say No To Racism during the FIFA U-20 World Cup Semi Final match between Brazil and Senegal at Christchurch Stadium on June 17, 2015 in Christchurch, New Zealand.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

FIFA Dismantled Its Anti-Racism Task Force And Says Its Work Is Done

Despite calls for it to remain intact, FIFA has dismantled its anti-racism task force.

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Running Out of People to Purge, Erdogan Targets Turkish Soccer Referees

Ninety-four soccer officials, including referees, have been purged in the wake of a coup attempt in Turkey.

MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA  JUNE 18, 2016: Alexander Shprygin, head of the Russian Football Supporters' Association, arrives at Sheremetyevo International Airport from Nice, France. France deports Russian football fans after mass fighting in the 2016 UEFA European Championship. Mikhail Japaridze/TASS (Photo by Mikhail JaparidzeTASS via Getty Images)

This Russian Soccer Fan Was Expelled from France, then Live-Tweeted His Sneaky Return

Nine days ago, Alexander Shprygin was kicked out of France. Today, he was there to see Russia play Wales.

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Among the Khuligans

When riot police, casual racism, and small-scale arson are part of an average weekend game, is it any wonder that Russian soccer fans’ trip to France turned ugly?

TOPSHOT - A man throws a chair as a small group of Russian men provoke a group of England supporters in the centre of Lille, on June 14, 2016, three days after Russia and England football fans clashed in the southern French city of Marseille during the Russia vs England, group B, Euro 2016 match.  / AFP / LEON NEAL        (Photo credit should read )

French Ambassador Summoned Over ‘Unfriendly Actions’ Toward Suspected Russian Hooligans

The Kremlin says France's detention of a busload of suspected hooligans is discriminatory.

MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 11:  Fans clash after the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Russia at Stade Velodrome on June 11, 2016 in Marseille, France.  (Photo by )

Russian Hooligans Are Wreaking Havoc at Euro 2016, But Does the Kremlin Care?

A Russian parliamentarian said he doesn't "see anything wrong with the fans fighting."

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 15: Karim Benzema of France (2nd L) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal on a penalty kick during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between France and Honduras at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 15, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Does French Soccer Have an Arab Problem?

As Euro 2016 kicks off, the French national team is once again facing questions over just which France it represents.

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U.S. Soccer Chief Hints Trump Could Cost the U.S. the 2026 World Cup

The head of U.S. soccer warns a Donald Trump presidency could cost American the World Cup.

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FIFA: Blatter and Other Top Officials ‘Awarded’ Themselves $80 Million

FIFA officials awarded themselves tens of millions of dollars after U.S. indictments last May.

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Can China Buy Its Way Into Becoming the World’s Next Soccer Powerhouse?

Breaking transfer records is one thing. Fielding a quality team is another.

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