Saudi Arabia Drags Geopolitical Baggage into World Cup

Saudi national team at 2018 World Cup (Wikimedia Commons).

by James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia has much at stake when its national soccer team enters the pitch for the opening match of the 2018 World Cup in Moscow. With politics a permanent fixture, Saudi Arabia is playing in the World… Continue Reading  

Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Moves into the Firing Line

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By 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 step closer to becoming enmeshed in the two- month-old Gulf crisis. Taken together with the… Continue Reading  

Gulf Crisis Ties Global Soccer Governance into Knots

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by James M. Dorsey International soccer governance is tying itself up in knots with football associations grappling with the fallout of the Gulf dispute between Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Qatar that lays bare the contradictions embedded in their… Continue Reading