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Soccer and Autocracy: Who Do National Football Teams Represent?

James Dorsey | Posted 11.07.2013 | World
James Dorsey

Little better illustrates the inextricable link between sports and politics than the frequent perception of Middle Eastern and North African national football teams as representatives of repressive autocratic regimes.

Rioting Ultras and Striking Police Officers May Ease Security Reform

James Dorsey | Posted 05.09.2013 | World
James Dorsey

The fallout of last year's death of 72 soccer fans in a politically-loaded stadium brawl has brought the need for reform of Egypt's Mubarak-era law en...

EFA to Improve Relations With Ultras Amid Mounting Clashes

James Dorsey | Posted 12.23.2012 | World
James Dorsey

The newly elected head of the Egyptian Football Association Gamal Allam has vowed to improve relations with the ultras amid mounting clashes between militant soccer fans, President Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and security forces.

Egyptian Soccer Fans Secure Second Political Victory

James Dorsey | Posted 11.20.2012 | World
James Dorsey

Egyptian militant soccer fans, one of the country's largest civic groups, won their second political victory this month with the Egyptian Football Associations' (EFA) disqualification of world soccer body FIFA executive committee member Hani Abou-Reida as a candidate for the EFA presidency.

Soccer Match to Test Egypt's Shift From Street to Parliamentary Politics

James Dorsey | Posted 10.30.2012 | World
James Dorsey

Egypt is testing with a partial lifting of a ban on fans attending soccer matches whether or not the country, after 18 months of political volatility, has finally returned to a more peaceful resolution of political and moral issues.

Identity Politics Shape Middle Eastern and North African Soccer

James Dorsey | Posted 10.21.2012 | World
James Dorsey

Hany Ramzy, the coach of Egypt's Olympic soccer team, symbolizes what is possible as well as the immense problems Middle Eastern and North African nations have in coming to grips with their ethnic and religious minorities.

Soccer Takes Center Stage in Egyptian Struggle for Power

James Dorsey | Posted 09.17.2012 | World
James Dorsey

The Egyptian interior ministry has handed newly elected president Mohammed Morsi an unexpected asset to garner public support in his struggle for power by refusing to lift a six-month old ban on professional soccer.

Egypt Election Offers Youth and Soccer Fans Second Chance

James Dorsey | Posted 07.29.2012 | World
James Dorsey

The Arab world's first free and fair presidential elections pose a dilemma and a wake-up call for militant Egyptian soccer fans and revolutionary youth groups as the two surviving candidates seek to win their votes in a run-off next month in which a majority of the votes are up for grabs.

Ultras Call For Retaliation as Parliament Blames Fans And Security for Port Said Deaths

James Dorsey | Posted 04.13.2012 | World
James Dorsey

At least 16 people were killed in the wake of the Port Said incident in six days of fighting between security forces and youths seeking to storm the interior ministry in central Cairo.

The Soccer Tragedy in Port Said

Maurice Chammah | Posted 04.03.2012 | World
Maurice Chammah

The SCAF needed a new tactic to let violence that would not immediately be blamed on them to spiral out of control. So, they left it to happen somewhere else, in a soccer stadium in Port Said.

Soccer Riot Leaves Scores Dead In Egypt

Reuters | Posted 04.02.2012 | World

CAIRO, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Seventy-three people were killed and at least 1,000 injured on Wednesday after a soccer pitch invasion in the Egyptian city...

Egyptian Soccer Fans Riot Against Algeria

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

(AP) CAIRO — Egyptian soccer fans burned Algerian flags and rioted outside the Algerian Embassy in Cairo, smashing cars and shop windows, in an esca...