1. EFA Presses Egyptian Military To Authorize Resumption of Soccer Matches

    The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) is urging the country’s military rulers to authorize a resumption next month of professional league matches that have been suspended ...

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  2. Zamalek Bans Foreign Coaches and Players But Exempts Its Premier Soccer Team

    Financially troubled Cairo club Al Zamalek FC has opted against hiring foreign players and coaches across its spectrum of sports activity, but has exempted its Premier League soccer team from the ban...

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  3. World Football: Palestine Playing For Statehood

    In a world in which soccer is played to score both sports and political goals, Palestine, FIFA’s only member that has yet to establish a state, chalked up its second major political ...

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  4. Protests Force FIFA to Move Yemeni Olympic Qualifier Against Singapore to UAE

    Anti-government protests that have wracked Yemen for much of this year have persuaded FIFA, the world’s soccer body, and the African Football Confederation (AFC) to move the ...

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  5. Soccer Is the Yardstick for North Africa's Return to Normalcy

    Soccer is increasingly the yardstick for the degree to which the situation in politically volatile North African states is returning to normal...

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  6. Egyptian Players Boycott Training in Protest against Salary Cuts

    A majority of Port Said’s Al-Masry Club’s Premier League soccer team boycotted training this week in the first labor protest against plans by the Egyptian Football Association ...

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  7. EU About to Force Italy to Freeze Libya's Stake in Juventus

    A European Union decision to extend sanctions imposed on Libya is likely to force the Italian government to freeze Libyan assets, including the Gadaffi regime’s stake in soccer club Juventus FC...

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  8. Chairman of Zamalek Resigns Amid Criticism of Financial Management

    Galal Ibrahim, the chairman of storied but embattled Cairo soccer club Al Zamalek SC, has resigned amid mounting criticism of his financial management, according to Egyptian soccer website FilGoal...

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  9. Tunisia Allows Restricted Resumption of Soccer Matches

    Tunisian professional soccer matches will resume this week behind closed doors for the first time since mass anti-government protests drove President Zine Abedine Ben Ali in January from power after 23 years in office...

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  10. Italian Refusal to Freeze Libyan Assets Deepens Juventus FC's Embarrassment

    The Italian government has dashed Juventus FC’s hopes to escape further embarrassment over its association with embattled Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadaffi and his family by deciding not to freeze Libyan assets in Italy...

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  11. Libya to Play African Match Against Comoros Despite Regime's Brutal Crackdown

    Despite mass anti-government protests that are tearing the country apart and have sparked a brutal crackdown by embattled Libyan leader Col...

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  12. Fans in Libya and Egypt Line Up Differently in Anti-Government Protests

    Anti-government protests in Libya and Egypt appear to have united fans of rival teams in Cairo and Tripoli, but in very different ways...

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  13. Tunisia Allows African Game in Step Towards Lifting Ban on Soccer Matches

    The Tunisian government and the country’s football association have authorized the first professional soccer match as a litmus test for deciding whether to lift the ban ...

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  14. Egypt Military World Cup Performance Barometer of Military Performance as Rulers

    Five-time World Military Cup winner Egypt will be playing for more than just the Egyptian military’s honor when it competes this July in Brazil for this year’s cup...

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  15. Soccer and Detained Shiite Cleric Fuel Iranian-Saudi Tensions

    Tensions over Saudi Arabia’s handling of a visiting Iranian soccer team and the arrest in the kingdom of a prominent Shiite cleric have sparked a Saudi-Iranian war of words...

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  16. Egyptian Soccer Introduces Financial Austerity

    The Egyptian Football Association (EFA), introducing financial austerity in the wake of the popular uprising that last month toppled President Hosni Mubarak, has announced salary reduction for all its employees...

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  17. Libyan National Soccer Team Supports Moammar Gadhafi

    Politics were not a regular topic of conversation in the Libyan national soccer team, but coach Pablo Prieto believes that a majority of his players support embattled Libyan leader Col...

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  18. Egyptian Soccer Focuses on Corruption Rather Than Performance

    The talk in Egyptian soccer focuses these days on financial austerity and corruption rather than performance on the pitch that remains empty with professional league matches suspended since anti-government protests erupted late January...

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  19. Saudi-Iranian Tensions Spill onto the Soccer Pitch

    Long-standing animosity between conservative Saudi Arabia and revolutionary Iran over Iran’s nuclear program and alleged incitement of Shiite Muslim minorities in predominantly ...

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  20. Egyptian Military Under Pressure to Lift Ban on Soccer Matches

    Egypt’s ruling military is under increasing pressure to lift the one month-old suspension of the country’s professional league matches following Sunday’s African ...

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  21. Egyptian Protests Force First Soccer Resignations

    Egyptian mass protests that earlier this month overthrew President Hosni Mubarak have forced the country’s first soccer resignations...

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  22. African Soccer Leaders and Blatter Delay Depriving Libya of U-20 Tournament

    Depriving Libya the right to host next month’s Under-20 African soccer championship, amid widespread international condemnation of Col...

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  23. Islamists Seek to Regain Spotlight with Attacks on Soccer and the Olympics

    Islamist militants on the edge of the Middle East and North Africa, where soccer fans have played key roles in sweeping authoritarian leaders from power, are targeting soccer and ...

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  24. Online Soccer Network Plays Key Role in Eastern Libya

    An online soccer network in eastern Libya played a key role in informing the outside world of developments in the eastern city of Benghazi and shuttling foreign journalists from ...

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  25. US Embassy Cancels Funding for Egyptian Police Soccer Program

    The U.S. Embassy in Cairo has cancelled plans to fund an Egyptian Interior Ministry youth soccer mentorship program because of the ministry’s brutal use of police and security ...

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