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Lindsay's research and expertise in history and international affairs, with a focus on socio-cultural, political, and diplomatic issues, provide behind-the-scenes stories and larger context for understanding today's globalized sports world. Updated portfolio here.
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Basketball, which was invented by the Y.M.C.A. educator James Naismith in 1891, is one of the few global sports with American roots, and U.S. players have long dominated the game. While this is still the case, an increasing number of N.B.A. stars come from abroad. France is not typically perceived as a basketball breeding ground, but only Canada and Serbia have sent more men to the league; five Frenchmen entered this year’s playoffs.
In the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the idea of liberté, égalité, fraternité in France might have seemed irretrievably fractured. But try telling that to the thousands of kids and teenagers playing football in the Paris Île-de-France region week-in and week-out.
Football is one area of French life where the nation's founding principles are very alive and kicking.
Four years ago, Les Bleus, the French national soccer team, went on strike in South Africa. The incident capped the team’s self-destruction in the 2010 World Cup. In the aftermath, the players were called undereducated “PlayStation junkies” who were too individualistic to serve the nation.
Much has changed, yet today the French hesitate to re-embrace the team. A poll conducted for the magazine France Football found that only 20 percent of French people surveyed in late April had a positive view of Les Bleus.