Games: Global Fever

The World Cup—a buxom, foot-tall lady hefting an octagonal bowl on her shoulders—is probably the world's least artistic trophy. Without a doubt, it is the most coveted. For the unlovely lady is symbolic of supremacy in the world's most popular sport, football—or soccer, as it is known in the U.S. This week, as the teams move into the final contests for the World Cup, the world is gripped by perhaps the most severe case of football fever in history.

The quadrennial matches are being held this time in Britain, where modern football...

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