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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...

Saudi Arabia and Iran battle it out in Azerbaijan

James M Dorsey | It’s the pot calling the kettle black. As Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of seeking to encircle it with its support for...

Saudi women attend first public event with their families

James M Dorsey | Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will be putting his best foot forward when enthusiastic women soccer fans this week attend...

The Gulf crisis: Fighting it out down and dirty

James M. Dorsey | In the three-month old Gulf crisis, nothing is too expensive or too down and dirty when it comes to buying influence,...

Iranian-Syrian World Cup qualifier ripples far beyond the pitch

James M. Dorsey | A nail-biting Iranian-Syrian World Cup qualifier has sent political ripples far beyond the Azadi Stadium’s soccer pitch in Tehran. In a boost...

Ronaldo follows in the footsteps of Messi

News analysis | Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are said to be the best footballers of this generation, in fact, many argue they are...

Egypt allows soccer fans to attend matches after six years!

James M. Dorsey | Caught between a rock and a hard place, Egyptian general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has agreed to allow thousands of fans to...

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...

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...

Protests on Soccer Fields: Another Regional Game to Weaken Iran?

Dr. James Dorsey | Thousands of Iranian Arabs last week attended an AFC Champions League soccer match between Esteghlal Ahvaz FC and Qatar’s Lekhwiya SC...

Is Trump condoning General Sissi’s terror on Egyptians?

James M. Dorsey | An Egyptian government decision to designate soccer icon Mohammed Aboutreika as a terrorist coupled with the recent arrest of more than...

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