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Tales from the history of the World Cup

The FIFA World Cup is the most important football competition in the world. It has been held 20 times so far. The first world football event was held in 1930 in Uruguay, which then took the world title. The Egyptian team was the first African and Arab team to participate in the World Cup. For …

Daily News Egypt

FIFA increases number of football teams to 48 in 2026 World Cup 

In the past years, it was common that 32 football teams participate in the FIFA World Cup, which will also happen in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. However, the president of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Gianni Infantino, previously suggested increasing the number …

Maya Nawar

Israeli-Palestinian struggle returns to the soccer pitch

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused world soccer body FIFA of allowing FIFA-sanctioned matches to be played on occupied land in the West Bank in violation of FIFA rules and has demanded that the group ensure that future games be staged within the borders of Israel prior to the 1967 Middle East war. The HRW …

James Dorsey

Kuwaiti rulers fight their internal battles on the sports field

Political infighting within Kuwait’s ruling family is about to take a dramatic turn with reports that the Gulf state plans to dissolve its national sports organisations in a blatant illustration of the incestuous relationship between sports and politics. The expected Kuwaiti move, part of an effort to sideline Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, a member of …

James Dorsey

FIFA, human rights, and politics: one step forward, two steps back

World football body FIFA’s creation of a watchdog to monitor the living and working conditions of migrant labour employed in World Cup 2022-related construction sites is the second time in a month that Qatar has been warned that it needs to demonstrate sincerity in its reform of the Gulf state’s controversial labour system. The announcement …

James Dorsey

Amnesty International criticism returns Qatar to square one

A new report from Amnesty International slams Qatar for not living up to promises to improve workers’ rights and adds to growing international criticism of Qatar’s inability to properly implement adopted policies. World Cup host Qatar and FIFA are back to square one in terms of public diplomacy, with the Amnesty International report taking the …

James Dorsey

China’s Wanda new FIFA top sponsor

FIFA announced a new sponsorship deal with China’s Wanda Group, in a win for the newly elected president of world football’s governing body. The 14-year deal will give the Chinese top sponsorship rights.

Deutsche Welle

Bahraini’s soccer defeat: A cautionary tale for autocrats

  A failed election campaign for the presidency of world soccer body FIFA by Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa has further tarnished the image of his native Bahrain as well as his own reputation. It holds a cautionary tale for Middle Eastern, North African, and other autocrats who see sports as a way to project …

James Dorsey