1. Soccer Salaries: Egyptian Players Threaten to Walk Off the Job

    A growing number of Egyptian soccer players are publicly opposing an Egyptian Football Association (EFA) proposal to cap transfer spending and salaries...

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  2. Soccer Perceptions: Cameron Visit To Qatar Highlights Differences

    This week’s visit to Qatar by British Prime Minister David Cameron highlighted differences in how the West and the Middle East view soccer in political and social terms...

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  3. Potential Cap on Egyptian Soccer Salaries Face Mounting Opposition

    Opposition to an Egyptian Football Association (EFA) proposal to cap transfer pricing and players’ salaries constitutes a shot across the bow of mounting pressure to radically reform Egyptian soccer...

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  4. Col. Muammar al-Gaddafi, His Son and the Politics of Libyan Soccer

    Col. Muammar al-Gaddafi’s controversial soccer-playing son, Saadi, offers a study in the use of soccer by authoritarian Arab regimes to distract attention from economic and ...

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  5. Islamist Suicide Bombing Kills Somali Star International

    An Islamist suicide bombing that killed a star international on war-torn Somalia’s U-20 soccer team and wounded two other players constitutes a setback for the squad as ...

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  6. Egyptian Soccer Stadiums Emerge as Venue for Sexual Harassment

    A Los Angeles Times report identifies soccer stadiums as a prime venue in Egypt for sexual harassment...

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  7. Saudi Arabia Celebrates Return of King Abdullah with New Sports Channel

    Saudi Arabia is to receive a new sports channel to celebrate the return to the kingdom of King Abdullah from a two month absence for medical treatment in much the same way that ...

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  8. Nigeria Compensates Iran for Cancelling Match To Protest Arms Shipment

    Nigeria has agreed to pay the Iranian football association $250,000 in compensation for its cancellation of a friendly soccer match in Tehran in protest for an alleged Iranian attempt to smuggle weapons to Nigerian opposition groups...

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  9. CAF to Decide Fate of African Matches Threatened by Political Turmoil

    The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is set to decide the fate of Egypt’s African qualifier against South Africam as well as of the U-20 African championship and home matches ...

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  10. Professional Footballer Leads Pro-Gadaffi Charge in Benghazi

    A professional footballer and son of embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadaffi is believed to be leading the Gadaffi family’s brutal efforts to restore control of Benghazi, the country’s second-largest city...

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  11. Corruption Investigation Signals Restructuring of Egyptian Soccer

    Egyptian state prosecutor, Abdul Mejid Mahmoud, is investigating corruption charges against senior figures in Egyptian soccer, including Egyptian Football Association (EFA) president ...

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  12. Egyptian Soccer Clubs Urge Speedy Resumption of Suspended League

    Egypt’s major soccer clubs have urged the country’s football federation to quickly lift its month-old suspension of professional league matches imposed at the outset ...

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  13. Iran Gets Paid for Match Cancellation Despite Seizure of Iranian Arms Shipment

    Iran, supported by FIFA, soccer’s world body, has succeeded in having cake and eating it at the same time...

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  14. Libyan Soccer Fans Cheer Gaddafi Son in Tripoli

    Soccer fans in Libya, wracked by anti-government protests in which security forces have killed dozens, appear to be playing a very different role from their counterparts in Egypt and Tunisia...

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  15. Egypt To Request Postponement of African Championship Match Against South Africa

    Egypt will ask the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to postpone its crucial match against South Africa, currently scheduled for March 24, by three months because of the turmoil in its country...

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  16. Egypt and Tunisia To Play Soccer Friendly Despite Historical Animosity

    Egypt and Tunisia, the two Arab countries most successful to date in overthrowing their dictators, have agreed to play a soccer friendly despite their longstanding football animosity...

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  17. Soccer: Anti-Government Protests Force FIFA to Delay Yemen-Singapore Qualifier

    FIFA, soccer's ruling world body, has postponed Yemen’s home Asian qualifier against Singapore because of anti-government protests wracking the country. In a burst of optimism, FIFA postponed the match for a week, scheduling it for March 2...

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  18. Pro-Mubarak Footballers Express Support for Egypt's Revolt

    Members of the board of storied Cairo soccer club Al Zamalek SC have denied claims that they supported ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and opposed the mass protests demanding political and economic reform...

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  19. Queiroz Buys Time With Iran to See Which Way Political Winds Blow

    Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz remains in discussion with the Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) after turning down an offer to become the country’s ...

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  20. Not Playing Politics: Jordan Extends Football Coach Adnan Hawad's Contract

    Jordan is renewing the contract of its national coach , Adnan Hawad, in a break with the Middle East’s common practice of firing coaches of teams that fail to perform ...

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  21. Egyptian Military Authorizes African Match in Cairo Despite Turmoil

    The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has authorized an African Championship League match in Cairo scheduled for next week between storied Cairo club Al Zamalek SC and Kenya’s Ulinzi Stars ...

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  22. Egyptian Coach Under Fire for Supporting Mubarak

    Controversial Egyptian national coach Hassan Shehata is determined to stay in his job despite criticism of his support for deposed President Hosni Mubarak and calls for his resignation ...

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  23. Was Lara Logan of CBS Attacked by Soccer Hooligans?

    Last week’s horrendous beating and sexual assault against CBS Chief Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan is raising questions about the role of ultras, fanatical soccer fans, in the mass protests that toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak...

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  24. Real Madrid To Bring Its Stars To the Gulf

    Spanish soccer club Real Madrid hopes to boost its efforts to forge closer ties with oil-rich Gulf states by bringing some of its stars, including Iker Casillas, Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite (Kaka) and Cristiano Ronaldo, to the region...

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  25. Qatar Denies Seeking to Acquire Manchester United

    Qatar Holding, in a sign that negotiations for the acquisition of storied English soccer club Manchester United are faltering, has denied for the first time that it is in talks with the club’s American owners...

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