Rioter in Brazil: Carnivalesque Nationalism

Rioter in Brazil: Carnivalesque Nationalism

The World Cup has brought out the carnivalesque nationalism, the cultural diversity deeply connected to people’s symbolic identity of their country. Mexicans, a large contingent coming from the US, wearing the dark green of the national team, large sombreros and wresting masks. “Pura Vida!” shout the Ticos in red, as if they are all working […]

Community Cup 2014

Community Cup 2014

This weekend members of Stony Monday Riot will be volunteering and fielding a team in the tenth anniversary of the Community Cup. The Community Cup is a soccer tournament taking part at Brewer Park (across from Carleton). The tournament is put together by the Ottawa Catholic Centre for Immigrants as a way to connect newcomers […]

SMR Interview Series: Andres Fresenga, Defender

SMR Interview Series: Andres Fresenga, Defender

You’ve seen them on the pitch playing for Ottawa. We’ve cheered them on together in the stands. We want you to know what they’re about. Where they’re from, where they’ve been. What shapes them as a player. As a person. Everyone has a story and we want to tell theirs. I’ve had the opportunity to […]

Rioter in Brazil: From Fortaleza to Natal

Rioter in Brazil: From Fortaleza to Natal

Spain, the last champions of the world, are out. Losing the title holders in the opening round is not a rare phenomenon. It happened to Italy in 2010, to France in 2002, and Brazil in 1966. Nevertheless the lack of a response in yesterday’s match against Chile from a team made up mostly of players […]

Riot in Brazil: Subverting the Rules in Brazil

Riot in Brazil: Subverting the Rules in Brazil

Everyone by now has caught on to the World Cup. I write this a few hours before heading to my first match: Uruguay vs Costa Rica. Yesterday we took in the day’s matches at a Bar on the Praia do Futuro, a kilometres long beach with rolling waves. Brazilians celebrated the dismantling of the Spanish […]

SMR Interview Series: Richie Ryan, The Captain

SMR Interview Series: Richie Ryan, The Captain

You’ve seen them on the pitch playing for Ottawa. We’ve cheered them on together in the stands. We want you to know what they’re about. Where they’re from, where they’ve been. What shapes them as a player. As a person. Everyone has a story and we want to tell theirs. I’ve had the opportunity to […]

Rioter in Brazil: On the eve of the opening match

Rioter in Brazil: On the eve of the opening match

I’ve been a few days in Brazil. It is starting to feel like the World Cup. I arrived in São Paulo in the middle of a transit strike. A normal chaotic drive through the downtown core turned into a two-hour crawl from the airport. Advertising from the World Cup sponsors (you’ll know who they are […]

Ottawa’s Team, Our Team

Ottawa's Team, Our Team

Professional soccer has come to Ottawa. The Ottawa Fury played a competitive spring season and ended up 6th in the table. Quite an achievement. The team came together earlier in the year with Marc Dos Santos signing players in the early months of January and February. They started training together in March and played just […]