World Cup

Morocco’s FIFA World Cup Victories Defeat Israeli Normalization Efforts

Last Saturday, Morocco’s national football team defeated Portugal in the FIFA World Cup, resulting in celebrations throughout the Arab World. One of those celebrations took place in Jerusalem, where Palestinians hoisting up the Moroccan flag were dispersed and attacked by Israeli occupying police forces. Morocco has been the star of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Read More...

Turkish and Egyptian leaders meet at the World Cup in Qatar

Steven Sahiounie, journalist and political commentator Football diplomacy brought Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan together in Doha for the opening of the World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Years of tension between the two were broken with a friendly handshake. The big differences between the two large countries centered on Erdogan’s […]

Corrupting the European Parliament: Qatar’s Sports Diplomacy

How utterly fitting that it should happen at this time. The Qatar FIFA World Cup is coming to a close, a tournament nakedly bought by a state keen to be a standard bearer, not merely of the Arab world, but the world of shameless sportswashing. Despite being criticised for its human rights record, its laws […]
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Headscarf Requirement, Discrimination Against Homosexuals, and Construction Worker Accidents in Qatar Overshadow an Insane Big Lie Aimed at Starting Another World War

The European Woke International of Hypocrisy and Neo-Colonialism looks past the incendiary escalation of the Ukraine conflict, preferring instead to spoil the beautiful game for hundreds of millions of soccer fans in Arab and developing countries. Anyone who thought the media would take an in-depth look at the current and most dangerous lie in many […]

On “Hate” and Love at the World Cup: Palestine Is More Than an Arab Cause

The fact that Arab football fans in Qatar have spontaneously chosen, without any official instructions or government intervention, to use the Palestinian flag as their symbol of unity speaks volumes about Palestine’s position in the collective Arab consciousness.
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Israelis are not welcome in Qatar during the 2022 World Cup

Steven Sahiounie, journalist and political commentator Israeli citizens and journalists are allowed in Qatar in a FIFA agreement during the 2022 World Cup now underway in Doha. Being allowed to enter a country to watch football, or to cover an event as a journalist or media crew, is far different than being welcome. Israeli journalists […]

Football Capitulates at Qatar

It did not take much.  The initial promises of protest from a number of footballers and their teams at the Qatar FIFA World Cup were always suspect and hollow.  There was Denmark’s less than impressive form of camouflaged protest via merchandise, supposedly defiant with its logo free monochrome colours.  There was the barely threatening promise […]
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Ginger Sufferings: Gianni Infantino’s Sportswashing Performance

Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA, the most famous 52-year-old brat of the world football federation, has not been much in the news of late.  Such creatures of authority do their best (and worst) work in the shadows.  But given that the FIFA Men’s World Cup is upon us, he thought it wise to address a […]
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Politics Out Of Football Says The West, Unless It’s The Right Kind Of Politics

The Qatar 2022 World Cup has been the target of much controversy in recent months, with Western nations making things political. Whilst it was once the standard to bar politics in sport, it is now fine to include political messaging, except if your message violates Western government guidelines. Despite FIFA, UEFA and the IOC’s explicit Read More...

Virtuous Hypocrisy: The Socceroos and the Qatar World Cup

For a time, the confused and muddled approach from Australian football (soccer to some) did much of a side-step regarding the human rights imbroglio and Qatar’s hosting of the FIFA World Cup.  There was ample cash and participation in one of the world’s biggest tournaments on the line.  There was FIFA’s reluctance that footballing sides […]