(David Zirin is a U.S-based sports writer and has a weekly column "Edge of Sports").
David talks about the significance of the biggest sporting event, the rise of Ghana, the biased commentary regarding the same, the initial efforts to ditch Iran for the World Cup by the US and the EU, and racism (yes, racism!) in football.
Amy also mentions at the start, "In the Ivory Coast this year, warring sides called a temporary truce to a bloody four-year civil conflict when the national team qualified for their first ever World Cup."
In 1967, Pele travelled to Lagos, Nigeria to play two exhibition games for his club Santos. Nigeria was in the midst of a civil war and both sides agreed on a 48-hour ceasefire to watch the king of football play. Football stopped a war.