1. Asian Cup: Dismal Saudi Tournament Performance Sparks Debate

    The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer blog Saudi Arabia has become the France of Asian soccer...

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  2. Qatar's Bin Hammam Wins Round vs. FIFA's Blatter in Escalating Power Struggle

    By James M. Dorsey Barely a month after winning the bid for the 2022 World Cup, Qatar appears to have won a round in a looming battle later this year for the leadership of FIFA, soccer’s world body...

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  3. Middle Eastern Nations Rush To Bid on FIFA Tournaments

    By James M. Dorsey The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer blog Middle Eastern nations are competing to stack up successful bids to host major soccer events in an effort ...

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  4. Middle Eastern Nations Rush to Bid on FIFA Tournaments

    By James M. Dorsey Middle Eastern nations are competing to stack up successful bids to host major soccer events in an effort to position themselves as sports leaders as well as the region as a sports hub...

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  5. World Cup 2022 Will Produce PR Boon for Qatar, but Little Economic Benefit

    The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer blog With its successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup, Qatar is likely to turn the economics of major sporting events upside down...

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  6. World Cup 2022 PR Boon for Qatar but Little Economic Benefit

    With its successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup, Qatar is likely to boost its public image worldwide, but at best negligible economic gains will come of it. The tournament’s public relations value is a no-brainer...

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  7. Egypt Employs Soccer To Assert Its Nile Basin Water Rights

    If soccer is the yardstick, Egypt has won a round in its battle to maintain control of the waters of the Nile basin. Egypt’s national team emerged on Monday the victor of the first annual Nile Basin Football Tournament by beating Uganda 3-1...

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  8. Egypt Employs Soccer to Assert Its Nile Basin Water Rights

    By James M. Dorsey If soccer is the yardstick, Egypt has won a round in its battle to maintain control of the waters of the Nile basin...

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  9. Soccer: A Flashpoint for Deepening Cleavages in Jordanian Society

    By James M. Dorsey The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer blog A look at boiling unrest and discontent in Jordan through the lens of soccer opens an interesting perspective ...

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  10. Soccer: A Flashpoint for Deepening Cleavages in Jordanian Society

    By James M. Dorsey A look at boiling unrest and discontent in Jordan through the lens of soccer opens an interesting perspective on regional dynamics in the Middle East and ...

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  11. World Cup 2022: Qatar Has Upper Hand in Battle for the Future of FIFA

    By James M. Dorsey The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer blog Barely a month after securing the right to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar is flexing its muscle as ...

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  12. Somali Militants Assert Control by Banning Soccer

    Somali Islamist militants this week imposed their puritan norms in areas over which they have recently gained control by outlawing the playing of soccer or watching the game on television...

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  13. Money Talks: Qatar's FIFA Bid Fits Sovereign Wealth Fund Investment Strategy

    By James M. Dorsey (The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer blog) Money talks. That is the inescapable conclusion from a closer look at Qatar’s successful bid for ...

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  14. Qatar World Cup 2022: A Middle East Game Changer?

    By James M. Dorsey By winning its bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar may face both its greatest challenge and its biggest opportunity in positioning itself as a maverick regional peacemaker and agent of change...

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