Le Point : Coupe du Monde 1998 by RadioHaitiArchives published on 2018-07-13T13:55:50Z On the day after France's victory in the 1998 Soccer World Cup, Jean Dominique reflects upon the impact of soccer around the world and in Haiti in particular. Fights opposed Haitian supporters of Brazil and Haitian supporters of Argentina, two of the teams represented in the competition. Pondering why Haitians might feel this strongly about foreign national teams, Dominique points to the necessity of analyzing soccer as a political phenomenon echoing both local and global concerns. Thus popular excitement for the World Cup responds to a need for collective passion in the absence of the Haiti national team. Soccer is also a rare domain where the US, the world's foremost economic and cultural superpower, counts for nothing: the superpower is Brazil, and its team is beloved the world around. For Dominique, what will remain of World Cup passion is a sense of the capacity of the people to mobilize that contrasts with the failed 1997 parliamentary elections. In conclusion, Dominique suggests Brazil soccer star Ronaldo could be made a Haitian citizen and named Prime Minister.