1. Bahraini Clubs Sack Sports People and Executives for Anti-Government Protests

    Bahraini sports clubs have dismissed at least 12 sports people and executives , including two of the country’s top soccer players, because they participated in anti-government demonstrations...

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  2. Tunisia Follows Egypt in Reviving Suspended Soccer League

    Tunisia has agreed to lift a ban on professional soccer matches , a day after the Egyptian government authorized the restart of the country’s Premier League to save clubs from bankruptcy...

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  3. Egyptian Government Authorizes Resumption of Soccer Matches

    The Egyptian government has authorized the restart of the country’s premier soccer league after clubs warned that the continued suspension since January threatened to bankrupt them...

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  4. Egyptian Soccer Executive Warns League Cancellation Could Bankrupt Clubs

    By James M. Dorsey A prominent Egyptian soccer executive has warned that cancellation of the country’s Premier League in the wake of last weekend’s invasion of the pitch during an African championship match could bankrupt the sport...

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  5. Syria Suspends Soccer Matches Amid Anti-Government Protests

    Syria, wracked by anti-government protests, has become the latest Arab state to suspend its professional league midseason in a bid to prevent the soccer pitch from becoming an opposition rallying point...

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  6. Egypt Pressures CAF To Be Lenient on Zamalek After Soccer Pitch Invasion

    Egyptian soccer officials are pressing the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to limit the damage their country will suffer as a result of this weekend’s invasion of ...

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  7. Ultras Deny Invasion of African Soccer Championship Pitch Was Political Provocation

    By James M. Dorsey Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak may have instigated this weekend's invasion of the soccer pitch during a crucial African championship ...

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  8. Egyptian Militant Soccer Fans Freeze Activity

    Militant soccer fans of crowned Cairo soccer club Zamalek SC decided Sunday to freeze their activities in a bid to regain control of hooligans in their ranks who this weekend invaded ...

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  9. Zamalek Ultras Disrupt African Soccer Match in Stunning Display of Nihilism

    A major Egyptian group of ultras, fanatical soccer fans who played a key role in the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak and was developing into a powerful political pressure group, ...

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  10. Egyptian Police and Ultras Brace for Clash at African Championship

    By James M. Dorsey Egyptian security forces and militant soccer fans were bracing themselves Saturday for the first post-revolution clash as the supporters prepared to stage their ...

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  11. Somali Soccer Tragedy: Journalist Killed While Covering Match Amid Heavy Fighting

    By James M. Dorsey A Somali sports journalist was hit in the Somali capital of Mogadishu by stray bullets and killed while covering a soccer match, according to the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) ...

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  12. Egyptian Soccer Players Boycott Training in Protest against Lagging Payment

    A majority of troubled Alexandria soccer club Ittihad al-Skandarya’s players have boycotted training for the second time in a month in protest against not having been paid for three months...

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  13. Portuguese Coach Queiroz to Sign with Iran

    By James M. Dorsey Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz will travel to Tehran later this week to finalize his contract as Iran’s new national coach after pro-longing negotiations ...

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  14. Egyptian Team's Tarnished Image Rides on Soccer Match Against South Africa

    Egypt’s national soccer team may be ill-prepared for this Saturday’s crucial African championship match against South Africa, but the popular revolt that last month ...

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  15. African Soccer Body Bans Matches in Libya and Ivory Coast

    The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has ordered an African Champions League match between Libya's Al Ittihad, the club that Libyan leader Col...

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  16. Arab Revolutionaries 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 in mid-April despite their longstanding football animosity...

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  17. FIFA: Mohammed Bin Hammam Challenges Sepp Blatter for Presidency

    Asian Football Confederation chairman Mohammed Bin Hammam, in a move designed to increase Qatari and Middle Eastern influence in global soccer, announced that he will challenge Sepp Blatter in FIFA presidential elections scheduled for June 1...

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  18. Palestinian Emerges Against the Odds as Israeli Soccer Star

    Taleb Tawatha’s emergence as one of Israel’s brightest soccer talents is a tale of fighting the Israeli odds of being an Arab in a predominantly Jewish society, a ...

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  19. Egyptian Military Authorizes Resumption of Soccer Matches

    Egypt’s military rulers have authorized a lifting of a ban on professional soccer matches in a bid to limit the impact of the two-month-old suspension, prevent an exodus of players and coaches and quell growing unrest among fans...

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  20. Former Prisoner Accuses Egyptian Goalkeeper Coach of Beating Him in Prison

    A former political prisoner who was jailed for 12 years by the government of former President Hosni Mubarak has accused Egyptian national team goalkeeper coach Ahmed Soliman of assaulting and beating him in prison...

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  21. Foreign Players Threaten to Leave Egypt Because of Financial Turmoil

    Foreign players playing for Premier Egyptian League clubs are threatening to seek greener pastures if Egypt’s military rulers fail to lift the two-month ban on professional ...

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  22. Bin Hammam Urges FIFA to Pressure Israel but Evades Soccer Peace Intiative

    World soccer body FIFA is likely to toughen its stance on Israel if Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Mohammed Bin Hammam succeeds in challenging Sepp Blatter in FIFA presidential elections scheduled for June...

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  23. Juventus Freezes Libyan Stake in Effort to Alleviate Embarrassment

    Italian soccer club Juventus SC has frozen Libya’s 7.5 per cent stake in the club following the European Union’s sanctions on Libya’s sovereign wealth fund and its subsidiaries...

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  24. Egyptian Reluctance to Restart League Is Rooted in Soccer's Political History

    The Egyptian military’s reluctance to authorize a resumption of professional league matches is rooted in Egyptian soccer’s history as a political football...

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  25. Turkey Bans Blogger for Hosting Turkish Soccer League Videos

    A Turkish court in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir has banned Google’s popular blogging platform Blogger in response to a complaint by satellite television provider ...

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