On The World Cup, Brexit, And The Sun Rising Again on The British Empire

Who’s Trying To Relive The 17th Century? Anyone?

7 min readJul 6, 2018

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I’m an African-American fan of English soccer, Manchester United, and the English Premier League. My life, at-present, is incredibly bizarre, growing astoundingly more awkward by the second. In just under a month, said life could be rendered geo-politically obsolete. But, when that happens, the sun will rise again on the British Empire. What that means for the rest of the world is something entirely worthy of our time and consideration.

If England wins the World Cup, English World Cup team striker Harry Kane could be the de facto King of England. As well, the recently wed Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, and quite possibly soon-to-be Brexited English Prime Minister Theresa May are also causing quite the global media stir. Intriguingly enough, it’s entirely possible to state there’s likely half of the world’s entire population that’s caring about the English royal family, English politics, and English sports again in a manner that likely hasn’t been seen in the world in a century. However, couple that with a few other key international sociopolitical occurrences, and there’s the potential development of a pop cultural de-evolution afoot that could end up with the world experiencing what life comparatively last felt like in say, 1585.

Soccer logic would make it clear that England’s eleven man side should not be anywhere near the final round of the 2018 World Cup. But, on a wave of converted free kicks and penalty shots, England has one of the eight best teams in the world and a wave of momentum that says that they could end up as number one. This is insane because for the better part of 50 years, England’s failures at the World Cup — namely, the team’s inability to convert penalty kicks, free kicks and other “dead ball” moments into goals — have been the stuff of legend. 2018 has seen this legend compounded by the team’s other ignominy — having more goalless draws than any other team in the history of the tournament — also again highlighted by what has been less than stellar play…

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