Soccer = Socialism

(Nike)

(Nike)

The World Cup is great because, like the election and reelection of Barack Obama, it gives American hipsters a chance to partake in unironic expressions of patriotism. It also provides a convenient segue to telling your friends about the “football” “club” you grew to love during the 5 ½ weeks you “lived” in Spain that summer after your junior year at Oberlin. (And check out this cool scarf I got!)

We all know that soccer is a socialist sport. That’s simply beyond dispute at this point. The “USA” team’s recently unveiled World Cup uniforms are proof enough. In fact, they appear to be modeled after the flag of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

Supporters of Slobodan Milošević wave an old Yugoslav flag in Belgrade. (AP)

Supporters of Slobodan Milošević wave an old Yugoslav flag in Belgrade. (AP)

Or worse, the French flag.

A French flag hangs next to the red flag of communist China in Paris. (AP)

A French flag hangs next to the red flag of communist China in Paris. (AP)

Even NPR has questioned whether the new uniforms are “too French.” And what an incredible coincidence that Brazil, the site of the 2014 World Cup, is run by a former Marxist guerilla.

Wake up, America!

Soccer = socialism

Soccer = socialism