Franny Choi is Hyphen's Senior News Editor. She is a Kundiman Fellow, the author of the poetry collection Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing), co-host of the Poetry Foundation's podcast VS, and a member of the multidisciplinary arts collective Dark Noise.
One of the most delightful moments of this World Cup so far has to be the brief, ecstatic alliance that was formed between Mexico and South Korea after the latter beat Germany, the defending champions, 2-0. At the time, fans of Mexico’s team had been busy mourning the fact that their loss to Sweden meant they were almost certainly out of the running. Then, news came that Korea had beat the odds, eliminating Germany in the group stage for the first time since 1938 — and sending Mexico through.