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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 […]

MA-XRF scanner during investigation of Susanna and the Elders in the conservation studio of the Gemaeldegalerie, Berlin
MA-XRF scanner during investigation of Susanna and the Elders in the conservation studio of the Gemaeldegalerie, Berlin


Science Shows More To A Rembrandt Than Meets The Eye

Art historians and scientists use imaging methods to virtually “dig” under or scan various layers of paint and pencil. This is how they decipher how a painter went about producing a masterpiece – without harming the original. A comparative study with a Rembrandt van Rijn painting as its subject found that the combined use of […]