The Ukrainian Army has been sending young soldiers into combat without body armor or even helmets at times. Enter the ‘ants’—Ukrainian volunteers who walk army surplus goods over the Polish border, one bag at a time.
In South Africa’s largest township, Soweto, expensively-dressed crews known as ‘skhothanes’ often wear mismatched shoes or three pairs of pants to show they have money to burn - and at one point, they did actually burn money, clothes and other expensive items at their legendary dance-offs and wild parties.
It’s not fashionable to think too long about the teams that have left the tournament in this stage. Whatever injustice or act of God put their World Cup run in the dirt, we move on to the next round, the next slurry of cruelty and glory.