Threat of widespread protests justifies continued closure of Egyptian stadia


By James M Dorsey Egyptian-general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s failed economic policies are prompting protests and widespread expressions of discontent. While the grumbling is unlikely to mushroom any time soon into a popular revolt similar to the one that toppled President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, it goes a long way to explain why Mr. Al-Sisi has … [Read more…]

A study in soft power strategy: Iceland 1, Qatar -1


by James M Dorsey The soccer soft power contrast between Qatar and Iceland speaks volumes. A comparison of the strategies of both countries demonstrates that it takes more than money to leverage soccer to create political, geopolitical and economic opportunity. Money and world soccer body FIFA’s desire to take one of the world’s foremost sporting … [Read more…]

CE84 – Gedächtnisfoto –

EM-Rückblick, Bundesliga-Start und weiterer Stoff für Regel-Nerds Wir melden uns endlich aus der Sommerpause zurück und blicken dabei zu Beginn – nach einem kleinen Update zum Thema Videobeweis – kurz auf die Europameisterschaft zurück. Genauer gesagt: Wir sprechen über einige Szenen, die für Gesprächsstoff gesorgt haben, und bilanzieren die Auftritte der Schiedsrichter bei diesem Turnier. … [Read more…]

Struggling for Women’s Rights: International Sports Associations Duck the Gun


By James M. Dorsey This is an expanded version of remarks made at Interdisciplinary Net’s Politics, Money and Sport Places, and Mega Events workshop in Oxford, 13-15 October 2016 This is a story as much about Saudi Arabia or for that matter about Iran as it is about international sports associations and how they balance … [Read more…]