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Egypt's Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
Egypt's Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. File photo.


Egypt: Death Sentence For Soccer Fans Puts President’s Iron Grip To The Test – Analysis

Egyptian-general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al Sisi’s iron grip on dissident is likely to be put to the test with the sentencing to death of 11 soccer fans for involvement in a politically loaded football brawl three years ago that left 74 militant supporters of storied Cairo club Al Ahli SC dead. The brawl and the subsequent […]

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Global Soccer’s Backslapping, Backstabbing Backroom Deal-Making Politics – Analysis

Presidential elections and tournament hosting in the world of soccer appear to be seldom won on the merits of a candidate or bidder’s proposition. Instead, the outcome of polls and bids are frequently the result of backslapping, backstabbing backroom politicking between global soccer managers and political leaders. World soccer is about to get another taste […]

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Questions About Qatar’s World Cup Hosting Get Renewed Boost – Analysis

A planned anti-Qatari protest ahead of a match between Chelsea and Manchester United, the first major fan demonstration against the 2022 World Cup host, and the imminent publication of a Sunday Times book documenting Qatari political interference in world soccer body FIFA’s 2011 presidential election that returned Sepp Blatter to office at the behest of […]

University of Oregon's Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Photo Credit: Jsayre64, Wikipedia Commons.
University of Oregon's Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Photo Credit: Jsayre64, Wikipedia Commons.


Eugene, Oregon To Host 2021 IAAF World Championships

In a surprise decision, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has awarded Eugene, Oregon (US), the 2021 IAAF World Championships. The proposal to award the IAAF’s premier competition to Eugene, bypassing the usual bidding process, was taken in response to what was seen as a unique strategic opportunity to host the IAAF World Championships […]

Egyptian ultras
Egyptian ultras. File photo.


Egypt Moves Closer To Labelling Soccer Fans As Terrorists – Analysis

Egypt has moved closer to banning as terrorist organizations militant soccer groups that form the backbone of opposition to autocratic rule with the arrest and pre-trial detention of five alleged members of the Ultras White Knights (UWK), the highly-politicized, street battle-hardened support group of storied Cairo club Al Zamalek SC. The five men – Sayed […]