1. Riots Force US Cancellation of Egyptian Soccer Friendly

    The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) , bowing to reality Monday, cancelled the US National soccer team’s friendly against Egypt, scheduled to be played in Cairo on February 9...

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  2. Sudan Protests Fuelled by Student Death Threaten African Cup Tournament

    The death this weekend of a Sudanese student in fierce clashes with security forces is fuelling calls for anti-government demonstrations that threaten to put into jeopardy the ...

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  3. USSF Reluctance To Cancel Egypt Soccer Match Reflects Muddled US Foreign Policy

    As the United States muddles through the crisis threatening the 30-year rule of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, so does the U.S...

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  4. Protests in Sudan Threaten African Soccer Tournament

    Anti-government protests sweeping the Arab world expanded into Sudan on Sunday, threatening the second African Cup of Nations for Home-Based Players (CHAN2011), scheduled to kick off on February 4th...

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  5. Libya Bans Soccer Matches in Fear of Anti-Government Protests

    Libya, concerned that mass anti-government demonstrations in neighbouring Egypt and the toppling of President Zine Abedine Ben Ali of Tunisia on its western border could fuel further ...

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  6. Nicholas Blair Hopes to Trade on Tarnished Name As Middle East Soccer Agent

    The son of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Nicholas Blair, hopes to trade on the family name as a soccer agent for Middle Eastern players at a time that the policies with ...

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  7. Zamalek Beats Ulinzi While Ahly Tries to Defeat Mubarak

    The roots of the rivalry between Cairo arch rivals Zamelek FC and Al Ahly Sporting Club were evident this weekend with Zamalek beating Kenya’s Ulinzi Stars 4-0 in Nairobi’s ...

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  8. Soccer Fans Emerge as Driver in Egyptian Protests

    Egyptian soccer fans are emerging as one of the most significant forces in four days of protests that have already forced Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to dismiss his government and are gunning for his ouster...

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  9. Israeli Soccer Commentator Under Fire for Alleged Racist Remarks

    By James M. Dorsey A prominent Israeli soccer commentator is being investigated by the Israel Broadcasting Authority on charges of having made off-camera racist remarks...

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  10. Activists Use World Cup to Force Improvement of Qatari Labor Conditions

    Human rights and labour activists have embraced Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup as a way to pressure the oil-rich Gulf state to improve the working conditions of its majority expatriate workforce...

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  11. Algerian Attitudes Toward Egyptian Crisis Colored by Soccer Rivalry

    By James M. Dorsey As Algeria struggles to come to grips with anti-government protests on its own turf, soccer is the key to why Algerian leaders are watching with mixed feelings ...

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  12. Soccer: U.S. Men's Team Still Set To Play in Egypt Despite In-County Clashes

    It seems improbable that the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) will send it's men's national team for a friendly match against Egypt in Cairo, which is wracked by mass anti-government ...

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  13. Al Jazeera Set To Hire Controversial British Sports Presenters

    Al Jazeera, in a bid to beef up its English-language soccer coverage, is reportedly set to hire two controversial Sky Sports presenters, who left the British broadcaster this week amid allegations of having made sexist comments...

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  14. UEFA Awards Hosting of U-21 Competition to Israel

    By James M. Dorsey UEFA Thursday restored a modicum of balance in the competition between Middle Eastern states for the rights to host major international sports events by naming ...

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  15. Egyptian Anti-Government Protest Force Cancellation of League Matches

    With Egypt bracing itself for a fourth day of mass anti-government protests , the Egyptian Football Association says it has cancelled Friday's Premier League soccer matches ...

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  16. European Clubs See Opportunity in Middle East's Failure in Asia Cup

    Mounting criticism of Middle Eastern nations' failure to nurture soccer talent at a young age in the wake of the region’s dismal performance in this year’s Asian Cup ...

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  17. Al Jazeera Wins World Cup Broadcast Rights

    Al Jazeera, the Qatar-owned path-breaking but controversial television network, has won the right to broadcast the 2018 Russia and 2022 Qatar World Cups in the Middle East and North Africa, FIFA said in a statement ...

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  18. Soccer Fans Play Key Role in Egyptian Protests

    By James M. Dorsey The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer With Egypt entering its second day of unprecedented anti-government protests, soccer fans constitute a well-organized ...

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  19. Gulf States Look at Soccer To Tackle Demographic Problems

    The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer blog As the United Arab Emirates and other energy-rich Gulf states like Qatar investigate ways to redress their demographic imbalances ...

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  20. The Gloves Are Off: Bin Hammam Calls for End to Sepp Blatter's FIFA Rule

    By James M. Dorsey The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer The gloves are off in Qatar’s escalating feud with FIFA president Sepp Blatter...

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  21. Jordanian Performance in Asia Cup Boosts Business and Women's Soccer

    Jordan may have been knocked out of the Asia Cup by Uzbekistan in the quarterfinals, but the team’s performance has boosted the country’s women’s soccer, an often controversial issue across the Middle East, as well as its soccer business...

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  22. Government Interference Undermines Middle Eastern Soccer's Prospects

    If there is a lesson in all eight Middle Eastern teams being knocked out of the Asia Cup, it is that they need to stop judging their coaches on the principle of "you're only as good as your team’s last victory...

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  23. Asian Cup: Iran Bans Women from Watching Tournament in Movie Theaters

    Women in Iran could be banned in advance of Iran’s crucial Asian Cup game against South Korea from watching soccer matches in public movie theatres, according to government affiliated Iranian media organizations...

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  24. Qatar's Winning of 2022 World Cup Produces First Peace Dividend

    By James M. Dorsey The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer blog Qatar’s successful bid for the 2022 World Cup appears to be producing its first peace dividend...

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  25. Iran Coach Calls for Politics-Free Soccer

    by James M. Dorsey The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer blog Iranian national soccer team coach Afshin Ghotbi issued a stark challenge on the eve of Iran’s Asia ...

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