Africa Cup Of Nations

When Egypt won the first Cup of Nations

This day in football history Egypt’s squad On 16 February 1957, Egypt beat Ethiopia 4–0 to win the inaugural Africa Cup of Nations. Only three teams — Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan — participated in the tournament. A fourth, South Africa, received an invitation, but were subsequently disqualified for political reasons related to their policy of apartheid. Their disqualification meant that …

Boubacar Barry, Hero of the Stupid Game

This was not supposed to happen Illustration by Noah MacMillan I gave up hope of ever writing an ode to Boubacar Barry on June 24, 2014. I tossed the outline I had written for an article about “one of international football’s most loveable, tragic figures” in the trash. I went through my inbox and deleted every …