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.
With multiple potential flashpoints coinciding, militant, street-battle hardened Egyptian soccer fans threaten to align stadia alongside the country's...
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?
We all have different reasons for pledging to a club. But given the usually dedicated nature of football fandom, why do we develop crushes on certain teams, and why do we call that "hipster" anyway?
Bahrain has detained a soccer team as well as scores of other players and athletes since security forces squashed a popular uprising almost three years ago, according to human rights activists, journalists and officials.
As this Premier League season is one match past the midpoint and takes a break this weekend for FA Cup play -- for which Spurs have drawn an away match against rival Arsenal -- it's a natural point to stop and take stock of where the club is.
Gulf states are lining up as targets for criticism by international trade unions and human rights groups for their treatment of foreign workers.
Human rights group again this week blasted future World Cup host Qatar for its treatment of migrant workers.
A man I'll call Mr. Pebble had this to say at a "Girls Under 10" soccer coaches meeting I attended last fall in Los Angeles: "Girls at this age should not be coached to win; they are not competitive, not as intense as boys, and should not be pushed."
For Bloomberg bloomdoggles that sticks for any length of time, I'd like to apply for credit for the invention of a German-style compound word, "Dinglebloomdoggle," this being a bloomdoggle that's really hard to shake loose.
She wouldn't move to join her classmates for recess until I took some chips from her bag of Lay's potato chips. The 4th grade girl at the school for Syrian refugee children in the border town of Reyhanli was not unlike most children we encountered that day.
Last week it was Atlanta's suburban communities subsidizing moving the Braves out of downtown. This week it's an audacious move by departing Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the New York Yankees for a few hundred million dollars in subsidies for a new soccer stadium.
Nearly a decade and a half later, the 56-year-old who no one would have confused with a soccer guy has achieved something few thought possible: he stabilized MLS and set it on a path toward a successful future.
Football offers an important opportunity for development -- not just for those in need, but also those who have the resources and skills to help. The power of the sport is in its universal appeal, which can bring us together to tackle common challenges.