Democratic heroes

Liberal democracies, he has argued, faced with the dark menace of nationalism, need heroes if they are to rouse a positive national spirit and defeat the “sad passions” fanned by populists.

—The Economist on Emmanuel Macron in France’s victorious footballers do Emmanuel Macron a favour – France’s World Cup triumph

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Something special: George Weah

George Weah, the only African footballer to have won both the Ballon d’Or and FIFA’s World Player of the Year award, will net another prize today when he is inaugurated, after winning an election in December. His accession will also be a milestone for democracy in West Africa: it will be the first peaceful electoral transfer of power in Liberia since 1944.

From Economist Espresso, Monday 22 2018

Fashion – Premier league manager edition

He eschews both the traditional options for Premier League managers on the sideline — tracksuit to convey dynamism, business suit to project authority — in favor, usually, of a turtleneck, skinny jeans and sneakers.

Pep Guardiola: A Continental Success and English Soccer’s Measuring Stick, January 24, 2017 at 11:38AM