Qatar has been fighting an uphill battle to limit substantial damage to its reputation in the wake of its winning in 2010 of the right to host the 2022 World Cup as a result of criticism of the working and living conditions of its foreign workers.
When I first started going to matches, it was very rare to know anything about the owners or chairmen of football clubs, the majority being long-serving aldermen, trusted accountants, and justices of the peace -- pillars of the local community with lots of professional initials after their names.
The Egyptian government's effort to promote soccer and use the sport to garner public support amounts to a double-edged sword.
With Christine Valerio's combined passion for graphic design and creating positive change in people's lives, she developed With Me, a system of interactive and conversational games that encourage meaningful interaction between people of all ages.
The longer it takes Qatar to address fundamental issues, the more international criticism of its labour environment will fester, and the more difficult it will be for Qatar to achieve a key goal of its hosting of the World Cup and its overall investment in sports.
Always murky, Turkish soccer politics have become even murkier as a politics-laden match-fixing scandal meshes with a corruption investigation that targets Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his closest associates.
This is hardly how Qatar would have wanted to do it, but the Gulf state has unwittingly contributed to a potential improvement in the governance of soccer and word sports as a result of mounting controversy over its labor standards.
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari announced the selection of 16 Europe-based players for Brazil's friendly against South Africa on March 5.
FIFA publicly joined the fray following reports last fall in Britain's The Guardian and other media detailing a high death rate among workers and appalling living and working conditions
Saudi Arabia, in which the beautiful game was legalized only in the 1950s, has long had an ambiguous relationship to the sport. The revived debate about women's rights and nationalism expands discussion in recent days about the role of soccer.
Saudi parents have joined the country's clergy in debating the societal merits of soccer in a deeply religious and fundamentalist country.
A perceived lack of real progress in the improvement of conditions for foreign labour, aggravated by a Qatari reluctance to engage in public debate beyond platitudes, is undermining the soft power goals underlying the Gulf state's sports strategy.
There it is. Sitting on my dresser is the team picture. That team picture that I hate. I don't hate it because we lost that game. I hate it because I come up to the chest of the next shortest player on the field. At nine years old and less than four feet tall, I was embarrassingly small.
This incident in Poznan would not be so noteworthy if were an isolated occurrence. It is not. It is part of a developing trend.
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Is the zeal with which clubs are taking to platforms, motivated by a love for their fans or new revenue streams, part of a thought out process or a happy-go-lucky dash into the e-ther?