Apologies to CR for being frivolous (then again post-not, complain-not; and for seriousness' sake, as you well know, there is Zizek in the summertime.) I haven't the faintest idea how these things work, but all half-grudging respects to champions aside, do sort of enjoy the
fanciful thought of Germany playing France.
Brian Lamb's got a great post from Zagreb, in which he recommends TomDispatch on the politics of the game. For an alternate take, and a few apposite remarks on the Global North's crumbling faith in 'Brazil' manifesting itself in endless laments over Ronaldo's lion lethargy/mediocrity, see over here. All references to philosophers in comments –if they be other than soccer players – strictly banned. Have at it, if you care to.