23rd June 2014
15th June 2014
Colombia’s presidential elections – held every four years – usually coincide with the World Cup. The last time Colombia qualified to play in the tournament was France 1998. That year, the presidential runoff was scheduled for Sunday, June 21, the day before Colombia would play Tunisia. …We have had three horrible presidents since then, and we will probably have a runoff this year between two horrible candidates. But, if we can have a day as beautiful as that one, none of that will matter for a while. The country will be happy. The country will be well.
- Pablo Medina Uribe, Colombia: A consolation for horrible election choices
14th June 2014
The transnational cultural ties connecting migrants and their places of origin are as varied in form, content and reach as the class and ethnoracial composition of the migration population itself. …Soccer and music, are perhaps the most important ‘national’ symbols, which seem to cross class and regional lines. As one of our informants put it, ‘one of the few things that unite Colombians within and outside the country is soccer.’ Soccer in Colombia generates more followers and interest than almost any other expression of Colombian life.
- Luis Eduardo Guarnizo and Luz Marina Díaz, Transnational migration: a view from Colombia