The Oberlin Review

Germany Does Not Have World Cup Locked Down

Jane Agler, Staff Writer

May 11, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

The biggest sporting event in the world is finally here. People from all around the globe will be tuning in on June 14 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, where 32 national teams will compete for international glory. Germany — the team that clinched the Cup back in 2014 — is still a favorite, but if the qualifying tournament showed us anything, the World Cup is still going to be full of surprises. Right now, there are only a handful of nations that seem to pose a strong threat. Germany, who will compete with much of the same roster as they did in 2014 — with noteworthy exceptions like Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm — is likely the most intimidating team to arrive in Russia. Following in their wake...

Qatar Unfit to Host Cup

Sarena Malsin, Sports Editor

September 25, 2015

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Amidst massive contro­versy, Qatar is slated as the official host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy announced recently that construction has be­gun on the country’s flag­ship venue, Lusail Stadium, making it the sixth and fi­nal site to begin construc­tion. This announcement has caused a resurgence of discussions about the ca­pability and plausibility of Qatar as a location for one of the most significant in­ternational sports events in the world, with issues rang­ing from geographical to sociopolitical. Semi-resigned FIFA Pres­ident Sepp Blatter appears to place the importance of cultural interaction in the World Cup above all else. “We don’t want … discrimi­nation,”...

Red, White and Gold

Tyler Sloan, Sports Editor

April 27, 2015

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

The countdown to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada this summer has officially begun. With a little over a month until the festivities begin, analysts have started to embark on a series of lengthy commentaries that will consume sports media from now until early July. Every World Cup comes with a “group of death,” a term reserved for the bracket with the most top-ranking teams from around the world. Unsurprisingly, the FIFA No. 2-ranked United States Women’s National Team has, yet again, been selected for this group. Last time around in 2011, the team saw serious competition from Brazil and Sweden. This summer, the United States will face Sweden again, along with Australia and Nigeria in Group D. This y...

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