Turkish soccer brawls: The battle for the future of the Kemalist state

By James M. Dorsey Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dresses up his increasing authoritarianism with nationalist and religious overtones, sparking battles over the future of the Kemalist state. Those battles, pitting nationalist and conservative forces against secularists and Kurds, are nowhere more evident than on Turkish soccer pitches. A series of incidents in recent months … [Read more…]

Warum man trotz Stadionverbot auswärts fährt | VICE Sports

Bosca ist Frankfurter Rapper und Ultra. Gerade ist sein 3,5 Jahre währendes Stadionverbot abgelaufen, in 10 von 17 Bundesliga-Standorten hatte er sogar Stadtverbot. Wir haben ihn gefragt, warum er trotzdem auswärts fährt. Quelle: Warum man trotz Stadionverbot auswärts fährt | VICE Sports

Die Geliebten

Nürnberg verpasst den Aufstieg. Doch auch nach einer lausigen Relegation bleiben die Fans ihrem Verein treu. Warum eigentlich? Und wie lange noch? – Die Welt Quelle: Die Geliebten

Playing politics: The AFC gets tied up in knots

By James M. Dorsey Two recent incidents involving the refusal of Arab teams to play their Palestinian counterparts on Palestinian soil highlight the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) willingness to play politics at the Palestinians’ expense at times with the connivance of the Palestine Authority headed by President Mahmoud Abbas. The incidents further spotlight the consequences … [Read more…]

Turkey and Egypt: The Battle to Control Dissent Pitches Fans against Autocrats

Author: James M. Dorsey Date: May 15, 2016  Independent Turkey, New, Op-Ed Articles *Source: Marksist.org © Turkey and Egypt: The Battle to Control Dissent Pitches Fans against Autocrats Battles for control of stadiums and other public spaces in Turkey and Egypt have pitched militant soccer fans against authoritarian leaders determined to limit the supporters’ ability to challenge … [Read more…]

King of the Mediocre – Declan Hill

On the bright side, he has never actually been convicted of fraud, racketeering or money laundering. He has also never been arrested for corruption. No has Quelle: King of the Mediocre – Declan Hill