Thank you for the series of articles regarding soccer. They showed the global nature of the sport, which is played by people from all walks of life in all different environments and has a way of uniting populations. My one regret is that the majority of people in the U.S. only pay attention to the beautiful game every four years.
Bradley Morris, Jupiter, Fla.
The headline for your World Cup section (The Beautiful Game, May 24) couldn't be more inappropriate—the photo on page 50 of the three youngsters in Nairobi with a ball made of plastic bags and twine says it all. It's appalling that millions of dollars have been spent on new soccer stadiums in Africa when the children living in the shadows of these fancy structures are largely ignored. There's nothing beautiful about that.
West Palm Beach, Fla.
I received this edition the day after my Wednesday-night pickup game, during which Africans, South Americans, Europeans, Mexicans and Americans all gave praise, spewed anger, criticized decisions and talked trash about the upcoming World Cup in their respective languages. Beautiful game. Beautiful world. I'm so happy to still be a part of it.
John D. Reisman
West Lafayette, Ind.
I was moved by Grant Wahl's article on Didier Drogba and the impact that he has had on his country (Soccer Savior, May 24). The courage Drogba displayed in working with the Ivory Coast's government to help unite a nation torn by violence is truly beyond comprehension.