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No plans to change fair play rule – FIFA

AFP | FIFA said it had no plans to change its fair play criteria that allowed Japan to qualify for the last 16 of the...

Israel furious as Argentina cancels match, while Palestinians celebrate Messi

News Analysis | Isreal is fuming over Argentina's decision to cancel a pre-World Cup exhibition match following political pressure and criticism against the football club....

Korean “peace pipeline” gains traction

M K Bhadrakumar | The two “peace pipelines” – one carrying Iranian natural gas via Pakistan to India and a second transporting Russian gas via...

The Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of the Politics of Middle...

James M. Dorsey | The virtually continuous role of soccer as a key player in the history and development of the Middle East and North...

Gulf crisis shows separation of sports and politics unlikely

James M Dorsey | The Gulf crisis that has pitted World Cup host Qatar against a United Arab Emirates-Saudi Arabia-led alliance for the past eight...

Iraq, Saudi face off in bout of football diplomacy

AFP | Iraq is hosting a football international against Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for the first time in almost four decades, in a friendly encounter...

Gulf crisis turn Qatar into potential model of social change

James M. Dorsey| Potential Qatari moves to become the first Gulf state to effectively abolish the region’s onerous kafala or labor sponsorship system, denounced as...

Qatar attempts to help itself: Citizens of 80 countries allowed visa-free...

News Analysis | With the ongoing Crisis in the Gulf, Qatar and the national flag bearing airline, Qatar Airways, is facing a massive problem with a...

The Gulf crisis: Qatar’s 2022 World Cup moves into the firing...

James M. Dorsey | A French investigation into possible corruption in business deals related to Qatar’s winning of World Cup hosting rights moved the 2022 tournament a...

Saudi Silliness: Fracas with Qatar and Sectarian Injunction

Adnan Qaiser | In my paper in spring 2017: ‘Radical Islamism: Understanding Extremist Narrative and Mindset,’ I had postulated that all Middle East’s ills lie...

Gulf crisis ties global soccer governance into knots

James M. Dorsey | International soccer governance is tying itself up in knots with football associations grappling with the fallout of the Gulf dispute between...

Israel lobby pressurizes FIFA: Decision pending on Palestinian demands?

James M. Dorsey | When Jibril Rajoub, the head of the Palestinian Football Association, took the stand on May 11 at the 67th Congress of...

Israel-Palestine soccer battle puts FIFA in a pickle

James M. Dorsey | The perennial dispute between Israel and Palestine has put world soccer body FIFA in a bind. With FIFA groping on how...

Battle of Jewish settlements being fought on football ground..!

James M. Dorsey | Next month’s annual congress of world soccer body, FIFA, is likely to become the first international forum since US President Donald...

How President Erdogan is using Football to consolidate political power

James M. Dorsey | Turkish football executives campaigned this month for major constitutional change that would grant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan far-reaching executive powers. The...

Anger on streets in China as football team suffer shock defeat...

Disgruntled fans gather to demand that president of football association is sacked as hopes for a football revolution suffer a blow. Chinese sports fans have...

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