1. Soccer Training Becomes Political Football in Egypt

    Egypt’s youth and Olympic soccer teams are likely to re-start training on Saturday in a bid to ensure that they are prepared for upcoming international matches and a move ...

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  2. FIFA Concedes Qatar and Spain/Portugal Traded Votes in World Cup Bids

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter has for the first time publicly confirmed that Qatar and Spain and Portugal colluded to trade votes for their respective 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids, according to The Daily Telegraph ...

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  3. Rare Attack on Jordanian Queen Heightens Soccer Tensions

    In a rare attack on the Jordanian royal family , scores of prominent East Bank Jordanian tribal leaders have issued a scathing statement denouncing Queen Rania and accusing her of corruption...

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  4. FIFA President Sepp Blatter Concedes Round to Rival Mohamed Bin Hammam

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter has effectively conceded a round in his increasingly bitter dispute with Football Confederation (AFC) chief Mohamed Bin Hammam ...

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  5. Anti-Government Protests Reinforce Cleavages in Egyptian Soccer

    A stalemate between anti-government protesters and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak that has paralyzed the North African country for the past two weeks is deepening political ...

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  6. Real Madrid to Open Sports Academy in Saudi Arabia

    Spanish club Real Madrid has become the latest top European team to capitalize on mounting criticism that Middle Eastern nations have failed to nurture soccer talent at a young ...

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  7. Qatar Wants Barcelona's Guardiola as Soccer Coach

    Qatar may be hoping to replace sacked national soccer coach Bruno Metsu with FC Barcelona’s Josep ‘Pep’ Guardiola, according to unconfirmed reports that suggest ...

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  8. Zamalek SC Helps Mubarak Government Attempt to Restore Normalcy in Egypt

    Storied soccer club Zamalek SC, keeping its eye on the suspended Egyptian Premier League and the African Champions League, is maintaining a rigorous training schedule despite ...

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  9. State Owned Arab TV Networks Employ Soccer To Boost Tarnished Credibility

    Commercial broadcasters in the Middle East say state-owned networks are distorting competition by paying absorbent for monopoly rights to broadcast major soccer events...

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  10. Egypt Extends Cancellation of Soccer League Indefinitely

    The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) Friday extended the cancellation of protest-wracked country’s soccer league indefinitely, saying matches would resume with a "return of stability...

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  11. Israel Reassures UEFA Over U-21 Amid Turmoil Wracking Egypt

    With turmoil wracking its neighbours, The Israel Football Association (IFA) is seeking to preempt security concerns about its hosting of the 2013 Under-21 European Championship ...

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  12. Qatar Reaps PR Flop Not PR Boon from Asian Cup

    Two major sports events in the past two months were intended to anchor Qatar’s image as a global sports hub and demonstrate its mastery in hosting major sporting events. It didn’t quite work out that way...

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  13. Bruno Metsu: Qatar Fires Coach in Politically Motivated Move

    Qatar has fired its charismatic French football coach Bruno Metsu because of the failure of its national team to progress to the semifinals in the Asian Cup, signalling that like ...

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  14. Egyptian Ultra Tactics Evident in the Battle for Cairo's Tahrir Square

    The organizational skills of the ultras, fanatical Cairo soccer fans, are emerging as opponents and supporters of embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak determine the fate of the 82-year-old Egyptian leader’s 30-year rule...

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  15. Soccer Fans Key to Imminent Cairo Street Battle

    The coming hours could determine whether embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's opponents and particularly the Ultras, fanatic soccer fans of rival Cairo clubs Al Ahly and ...

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  16. Egypt Crisis Puts African Teams in Financial Jeopardy

    Egypt’s political crisis has put African national soccer teams that participated in last month’s seven-nation inaugural Nile Basin tournament in financial jeopardy...

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  17. Abu Dhabi Says It Has No Plans To Buy AS Roma

    Abu Dhabi-based Aabar Investments PJSC has dropped plans at the last minute to bid for the acquisition of Italian soccer club A.S. Roma , a three-time Italian champion...

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  18. Abu Dhabi Says It Has No Plans To Buy AS Roma

    Abu Dhabi-based Aabar Investments PJSC has dropped plans at the last minute to bid for the acquisition of Italian soccer club A.S. Roma , a three-time Italian champion...

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  19. US Cable Linking Qatar to 9/11 Dents 2022 World Cup Host's Image

    A US diplomatic cable revealing for the first time that the perpetrators of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington were supported by a Qatari surveillance ...

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  20. Libya and Algeria Extend Soccer Match Cancellations to Thwart Protests

    With anti-government protests sweeping through North Africa, soccer match cancellations have become the flavour of the day. The cancellations are intended to prevent the pitch from becoming a platform for protests...

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  21. Sudanese Dissidents Call For Mass Demonstration on Eve of African Tournament

    Anti-government youth activists have called for mass demonstrations in Sudan on Thursday, the eve of the opening of the second African Cup of Nations for Home-Based Players (CHAN 2011), scheduled to kick off on February 4th...

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  22. Egyptian Military Bans All Soccer Training

    In a clear indication of the role of Egyptian soccer is playing in the apparent end to the rule of one of the Middle East’s most powerful rulers, Egypt’s military last ...

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  23. Arab Investors To Cut Spending on European Soccer

    Arab investors in European soccer are likely to focus on club acquisition and sponsoring in the future, rather than on big ticket transfers in the wake of this week’s record European transfer spending spree...

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  24. Wikileaks Disclosures About Gaddafi Spark Cancellation of Libyan Soccer Matches

    US diplomatic cables detailing the corruption and decadent lifestyle of the family of Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi, coupled with anti-government protests in provincial cities ...

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  25. AS Roma To Be Sold to Abu Dhabi-Based Group?

    Abu Dhabi-based Aabar Investments PJSC, the highest bidder for three-time Italian soccer champion AS Roma, hopes to emerge victorious when Italian bank UniCredit SpA announces the team’s new proprietor on Friday...

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