1. Opening of Libyan Stadium Set for Confrontation with Anti-Government Protesters

    With the wave of anti-government protests that have already toppled two Arab leaders engulfing Libya , Libyan leader Col...

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  2. FIFA Executive Committee Member Lashes Out at World Cup Bidding Process

    Outspoken FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer has lashed out at FIFA’s handling of the process last December that led to Qatar’s winning of its bid to host ...

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  3. Real Madrid Opens Academy in Abu Dhabi

    On Monday, Spanish club Real Madrid inaugurated its latest sports academy in Abu Dhabi , the capital of the United Arab Emirates...

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  4. Sports Journalist Asserts Corruption in Qatar's Winning World Cup Bid

    Qatar succeeded in winning its bid to host 2022 World Cup by bribing FIFA Vice President Julio Gondova, promising to build 22 stadiums in developing countries, and getting French ...

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  5. Egypt Cup Cancelled Amid Sharpening Political Fault Lines

    The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has cancelled this season’s Egypt’s Cup as political fault lines in Egyptian soccer sharpened by the protests that last week ...

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  6. Carlos Queiroz Backs Away from Coaching Iran

    Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz, in an abrupt turnaround, has rejected an offer to coach the Iranian national squad, Football Federation of the Islamic Republic (FFIRI) head Ali ...

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  7. Online Petition Asks Qatar to Fight Human Trafficking in Advance of World Cup

    An online activist platform for social change is circulating a petition urging the US State Department to use Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup to focus attention on the Gulf state’s problem with human trafficking...

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  8. Al Ahly Resumes Training, Signaling End of Egyptian Protests

    Crowned Cairo soccer club Al Ahly SC has resumed training in a tangible declaration of confidence that the Egyptian military will lead the country to democracy...

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  9. Carlos Queiroz Signs with Iran Amid Mounting Political Tension

    Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz agreed Sunday to coach Iran’s national soccer team amid mounting tension in advance of banned opposition demonstrations scheduled for Monday ...

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  10. World Football: Qatar Looks to Sam Allardyce, Brad Friedel to Boost Team

    Qatar is looking to English soccer manager and former professional player Sam Allardyce and Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel to boost the performance of the Gulf state’s national team, according to News of the World ...

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  11. South Sudan Faces Uphill Battle in Becoming a Soccer Nation

    As one of the world’s poorest nations, South Sudan paradoxically sees soccer as a priority when it becomes independent on July 1...

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  12. Glazers Demand £1.8 Billion to Sell Manchester United

    Manchester United’s American owners are holding out for £1.8 billion in haggling with the Qatari royal family over the sale of England’s storied soccer club...

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  13. Anti-Government Protests Reverberate in Algerian Soccer Federation

    Mounting popular rejection of the widespread abuse of power that is spilling on to the streets of Algerian cities is reverberating within the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) ...

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  14. Foreigners Return to Egyptian League Despite Uncertainty Over Match Resumption

    Foreign coaches and players are returning from abroad to their Egyptian clubs in anticipation of a return to normalcy following 18 days of anti-government protests that ended Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s authoritarian rule...

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  15. Political Differences Force Extended Suspension of Egyptian Soccer Matches

    Sharp political differences between Cairo arch rivals Al Ahly SC and Al Zamalek SC, as well as opposition from various soccer clubs elsewhere in Egypt, have foiled an attempt by ...

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  16. Bobby Charlton Ridicules Arab Investment Amid Reports of Qatar Buying Man United

    Legendary former Manchester United goal scorer and board member Sir Robert ‘Bobby’ Charlton, taunting the Abu Dhabi owners of rival Manchester City , questioned Thursday whether deep pockets can buy soccer performance...

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  17. Iran Postpones Tehran Matches To Stymie Anti-Government Protests

    The Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) has postponed league matches in Tehran in a bid to prevent celebrations of the 32nd anniversary of the Islamic revolution ...

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  18. Al Ahly Opposes Resumption of Egyptian Matches in Support of Protesters

    Crowned Cairo soccer club Al Ahly SC, in line with the key role its most fanatical fans played in the mass protests wracking Egypt, has publicly rejected plans by the Egyptian Football ...

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  19. Iranian Soccer Film Features in Berlin to Protest Filmmaker's Arrest

    An award-winning film depicting the obstacles female soccer fans encounter in Iran features prominently at this week's Berlin Internation Film Festival...

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  20. Qatar to Pay Cash for 2022 World Cup Infrastructure

    Qatar will foot, with cash, the US $70 billion price tag for infrastructure needed to host the 2022 World Cup, according to the head of the International Bank of Qatar (IBQ)...

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  21. FIFA Insists Egyptian League Should Remain Suspended

    FIFA, soccer's world body, has advised the Egyptian Football Association (EFA), to maintain its suspension of all professional league matches until security in Egypt has been re-established...

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  22. FIFA World Cup: Why Did France's Zinedine Zidane Support Qatar for 2022?

    Former French soccer star Zinedine Zidane insists he supported Qatar's successful 2022 World Cup bid to advance soccer in the Middle East and not for financial gain...

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  23. Political Turmoil in North Africa Threatens to Disrupt Africa Cup of Nations

    Political upheaval across North Africa threatens to throw a monkey wrench into the Africa Cup of Nations with Algeria and Egypt - backed by Tunisia - likely to urge the Confederation ...

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  24. Mohammed Bin Hammam Set to Challenge Sepp Blatter as FIFA President

    Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Mohammed Bin Hammam will run against FIFA President Sepp Blatter in elections scheduled for June in a move that is certain to expand ...

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  25. Ex-Real Madrid Coach Queiroz May Tread in Iranian Political Minefield

    Iran hopes to this week sign Portuguese trainer Carlos Queiroz as its national soccer coach following the Islamic republic’s disappointing performance in last month’s Asian Cup in Qatar...

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