Slate finally answers the question of why so many Brazilian players only have one name. Apparently it's tied to illiteracy, class pride and slavery.
Also, this month's National Geographic magazine is running a top notch feature called The Beautiful Game, Why Soccer Rules the World. It features about a half dozen fantastic essays including one by consumate football nut Nick Hornby, as well as stories about the importance of Football to countries in times of strife including Cote d'IVoire and Angola. Most of the essays are online but the magazine has some amazing photos that need to be seen.