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Turkish football supports Erdogan’s war against the Kurds

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF), in a demonstration of the inseparable ties between sports and politics, has effectively declared its support for renewed Turkish-Kurdish hostilities designed to enhance the prospects of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party in forthcoming snap elections. With armed Kurdish youth effectively taking control of at least one predominantly Kurdish city …

James Dorsey

Champions League: Malmo rescue tie against Celtic, Rapid lose to Shakhtar

Celtic was on course for a crucial first leg win in Glasgow with a two-goal lead, but a late strike means the momentum lies with Malmo. Rapid Vienna’s hopes of qualification have taken a blow with defeat to Shakhtar. An injury-time goal from Jo Inge Berget has kept Malmo’s dream of qualification alive despite losing 3-2 to Scottish champions Celtic.

Deutsche Welle

History answers the question: When will the EFA be held accountable?

It is the third consecutive time for Egypt to exit the qualifiers of African Cup of Nations. The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has not been able to organise regular local tournaments. The last tournament it organised was the premier and Egypt cup, both held in 2015and throughout a period of nine months, despite the absence …

Daily News Egypt

Messi vs the world

It is widely known that there are two ways of stopping Argentine Lionel Messi, arguably the best soccer player in the world, from making a play: either put a German tank in front of him or hit him repeatedly on his legs. Since the first option is not allowed on a football field, it is …

Cesar Chelala

Israel and Palestine play high stakes football

Israel and Palestine are playing political football, with Palestinian football as the ball. It is a match which Israel is unlikely to win and that could prove to produce a bruising loss. The stakes for Israel‎ are far higher than for Palestine. Israel is effectively on probation as it seeks to definitively defeat Palestinian efforts to …

James Dorsey

Israel struggles with racist underground

Israel is struggling with how to deal with groups, some of which are underground, that are linked to a banned nationalist political party that has emerged at the core of recent racist, anti-Palestinian incidents and include a militant football fan group that was responsible for last month’s violent clashes during a Europa League qualifier in …

James Dorsey

The Cairo derby: Politics vs repression

This month’s premier league final between Cairo’s two storied clubs, Al-Ahly SC and Al-Zamalek SC, once the world’s most violent derby, was more than a clash between two football giants. It was a clash between management styles and diametrically opposed approaches towards militant, highly politicised, street battle-hardened football fans. The clash highlighted the advantages of …

James Dorsey

Michel Platini set to run for FIFA presidency

After waiting in the wings for quite some time, it seems that UEFA boss Michel Platini will stand for the biggest job of them all. The Frenchman is expected to announce later this week. According to two officials familiar with Platini's plans, Michel Platini will run for FIFA president after the UEFA president received encouragement to run from most leaders…

Deutsche Welle

Where does Arturo Vidal fit at Bayern?

Arturo Vidal has swapped Turin for Munich in the search for a Champions League winner's medal. DW's Ross Dunbar looks at how his arrival could mark a change in the team's playing style under Pep Guardiola. How times have changed: "This is the sort of player I wouldn't have at Bayern," said Bayern Munich's chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in 2011. Four…

Deutsche Welle

Didier Drogba joins MLS side Montreal Impact

The longtime Chelsea striker has completed a move to Major League Soccer for just over $3 million a year. Drogba's former coach Jose Mourinho had backed a move to North America last week. Former Chelsea talisman Didier Drogba finalized a move to Major League Soccer's Montreal Impact Monday, signing a contract worth just over $3 million (2.7 million euros) a…

Deutsche Welle

Russian football beauty queen stripped of title for neo-Nazi views

A beauty queen honored as "Miss Charming" by Russia's top football league has lost her title for allegedly supporting neo-Nazism. Racism in Russian football is a key issue ahead of the 2018 World Cup. The woman, Olga Kuzkova, 21, had her title withdrawn earlier this week after anti-racist activists found evidence in social media networks that she was spreading neo-Nazi…

Deutsche Welle

Israeli football violence moves racism up the government’s agenda

By James M. Dorsey A violent display of racism by extreme nationalist supporters of storied Israeli football club Beitar Jerusalem coupled with recent Ethiopian Israeli protests against discrimination and the government’s handling of the capture of two Israelis by Hamas has moved racist attitudes towards dark-skinned Jews and Israeli Palestinians up the government’s agenda. Driving …

Daily News Egypt