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Connections: Celebrating the World Cup

Jul 10, 2018

The World Cup semifinals begin on Tuesday, with Belgium taking on France. Saturday's match broke viewership records when Croatia defeated Russia. In addition to the games themselves, the pride among fans has attracted attention on TV and social media. From victory songs, to well-rehearsed chants, to displays that have political or social messages, the World Cup is about more than sports. 

Our guests are super fans and natives of the countries represented in the semifinals. They join us to discuss their countries' customs, traditions, and pride surrounding the World Cup. In studio:

  • Virginia Kukaj Hartman, Belgian citizen and football super fan
  • Rory McKinnon, British citizen, football fan, and bar manager at the Old Toad
  • Pascal Soares, Honorary French Consul in New York, and football fan
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