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All The Awful Things We've Learned About FIFA Since The Scandal Erupted

The Huffington Post | Lucy McCalmont | Posted 06.11.2015 | Sports

How much corruption has been revealed? A lot.

Russia, Qatar Might Lose World Cups

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 06.08.2015 | Sports

FIFA, the international soccer governing body, could strip Russia and Qatar of their World Cup hosting rights if evidence comes to light there was cor...

Reforming Soccer Governance: Tackling Political Corruption Alongside Financial Wrongdoing

James Dorsey | Posted 06.05.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

The mushrooming governance scandal in world soccer body FIFA increasingly spotlights political in addition to financial corruption in global soccer.

The Geopolitics of FIFA

Maurício Santoro | Posted 06.04.2016 | World
Maurício Santoro

The sport that hundreds of millions of people are so passionate about mobilizes political and economic forces. No doubt it deserves a more transparent, clean and effective governance structure. However, these efforts will not take place on neutral ground, but in the midst of fierce competition for power and international influence.

White House Welcomes Resignation Of FIFA President Sepp Blatter

Reuters | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON, June 3 (Reuters) - The resignation of FIFA President Sepp Blatter will give the international soccer organization an opportunity to impr...

Does FIFA Really Have a Crisis?

Eric Dezenhall | Posted 06.02.2016 | Sports
Eric Dezenhall

As with all modern scandals, when news broke last week of the FIFA bribery arrests, the death watch questions began: Can FIFA survive? What do they have to do to emerge from this scandal? I would add another question to the list: Does FIFA really have a crisis?

The Best Twitter Reactions To Sepp Blatter's Resignation Announcement

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 06.02.2015 | Sports

"So the FBI is the new president of FIFA, I guess."

The Real FIFA Scandal is Not About Bribes, Kickbacks and Money Laundered: It's 1,200 Dead Workers in Qatar

Carlos F. Torres | Posted 06.01.2016 | World
Carlos F. Torres

Will the deaths of 1,200 workers in Qatar building the 2022 World Cup facilities be a simple footnote in the ugly face of football? Will our insatiable appetite for an electrifying sport make us oblivious to a crime of Gulag proportions?

Jordan Schultz

It's Time To Slam The Door On Sepp Blatter | Jordan Schultz | Posted 05.29.2015 | Sports

Sepp Blatter isn't so much the president of FIFA as he is its ruthless dictator. The 79-year-old Swiss has held the most powerful position in sports f...

Why Soccer Doesn't Need FIFA

Sebastian Christ | Posted 05.29.2016 | World
Sebastian Christ

It would be best if all soccer fans would make it clear to the world that their passion for the game doesn't have anything to do with this grotesque show, which for decades, has been staged in Zurich by FIFA.


Ana Davila | Posted 05.29.2016 | World
Ana Davila

In a series of peculiar events that can only be contextually placed in the reality of the 21st century, football, war, and diplomacy meet and intertwine. Today, Russia and the U.S take one more step in their very own modern adaptation of the Cold War in the curious battlefield of international soccer.

More Details Emerge On FIFA Brothers Use of U.S. Banks

Reuters | Douwe Miedema | Posted 05.28.2015 | Sports

WASHINGTON, May 28 (Reuters) - Two brothers who pleaded guilty in the FIFA soccer bribery scandal deposited large sums of cash in a frenzied series of...

Qatar's Unintended Sporting Legacy: A FIFA Clean-Up, Exposure of Political Corruption, and Corporate Sponsor Rethink

James Dorsey | Posted 05.28.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

Qatar's 2022 World Cup is promising to be a rare example of a mega sporting event that leaves a legacy of social, political and economic change - but not in the way the Gulf state's ruling family had imagined.

A Shrewd Financial Investor, Qatar Boasts Dismal Return on Investment in Soft Power

James Dorsey | Posted 05.24.2016 | World
James Dorsey

Widely viewed as a shrewd financial investor, Qatar's return on investment in soft power designed to position it as a progressive ally of world powers in the hope that they will come to the aid of the wealthy Gulf state in times of emergency is proving to be abysmal.

Qatar Backtracks on Engagement With Critics

James Dorsey | Posted 05.17.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

After four years of engagement with its critics in a so far failed bid to turn its hosting of the World Cup into a successful soft power tool, Qatar appears to have decided that the region's tendency to intimidate those who don't fall into line may be a more effective strategy.

From Soccer God To Steely-Eyed Pol, Romario Wins Brazilian Hearts

HuffPost Brazil | Grasielle Castro | Posted 05.11.2015 | World

One of Brazil’s most dynamic political figures first rose to fame on the soccer field. Romário de Souza Faria -- commonly known just by his fir...

Qatari Promises of Labor Reform Ring Hollow Amid Revived Corruption Allegations

James Dorsey | Posted 05.04.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

A promise by Qatari labour and social affairs minister Abdullah Saleh Mubarak al-Khulaifi to reform the Gulf state's controversial kafala or labour sponsorship system by the end of this year is likely to cut little ice with human rights and trade union activists who four years after Qatar won the right to host the 2022 World Cup are demanding deeds rather than words.

How Nike Turns Plastic Bottles Into New Uniforms For U.S. Women's Soccer Team

The Huffington Post | Lucy McCalmont | Posted 04.23.2015 | Sports

Team USA will compete in FIFA's Women's World Cup this summer.

Questions About Qatar's World Cup Hosting Get Renewed Boost

James Dorsey | Posted 06.16.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

A planned anti-Qatari protest ahead of a match between Chelsea and Manchester United, the first major fan demonstration against the 2022 World Cup hos...

Ben Walsh

Why FIFA Won't Disclose How Much It Pays Its Executives | Ben Walsh | Posted 03.25.2015 | Sports

A lack of transparency at one of the world's most important sports institutions.

FIFA President Blatter Signals Mounting Pressure on Qatar to Tackle Migrant Worker Problems

James Dorsey | Posted 05.15.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

A warning by world soccer body FIFA president Sepp Blatter following talks this weekend with Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani that Qatar needs to do more to improve the working and living conditions of its migrant workers is the latest signal that Qatar will have to take substantive steps to fend off attempts to deprive it of its 2022 World Cup hosting rights.

International Sports Associations Caught Between $ Signs and Human Rights Ideals

James Dorsey | Posted 05.13.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

To achieve its goal and avert any risk of being deprived of the right to host the World Cup, Qatar will have to follow through on its promises to significantly improve workers' working and living conditions.

Is African Soccer the NBA's New Breeding Ground?

Ange Kagame | Posted 05.04.2015 | Sports
Ange Kagame

If legends such as Hakeem Olajuwon can become one of the world's best NBA Players, and Luol Deng an all-star, then imagine the potential that would exist if basketball was just as much a part of African culture as soccer is.

Qatar Asks for Time to Implement Labour Reforms

James Dorsey | Posted 04.05.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Sports is a cultural public diplomacy tool for Qatar to embed and endear itself at multiple layers of the international community. To achieve that however, it has to be seen as a forward looking 21st century state rather than a wealthy energy producer that adheres to no longer acceptable concepts of human and labour relations.

Qatar gambles that labour reforms will satisfy critics

James Dorsey | Posted 02.26.2015 | World
James Dorsey

2022 World Cup host Qatar has announced a series of reforms to improve working and living conditions of its majority migrant labour population that address material concerns but fall short of recommendations made in a government-sponsored study and demands of trade union and human rights activists.