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Graham Ruthven
Graham Ruthven

Graham Ruthven is a football writer working for the Guardian, Eurosport, beIN Sports, Scottish TV, Grantland and New York Times among others. He also guests frequently on Sirius XM and Bleacher Report radio, specialising in English, Spanish, North American and Arabian football. Follow him on Twitter @grahamruthven

COLUMNISTS
Graham Ruthven
Graham Ruthven

Graham Ruthven is a football writer working for the Guardian, Eurosport, beIN Sports, Scottish TV, Grantland and New York Times among others. He also guests frequently on Sirius XM and Bleacher Report radio, specialising in English, Spanish, North American and Arabian football. Follow him on Twitter @grahamruthven

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

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Could China soon construct something of a glass ceiling above the Gulf game?

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Might this be something of a jumping off point in the globalisation of the world’s most popular sport?

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The race to make it to the 2018 World Cup and AFC Champions League promise lot of action

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Noor is no Armstrong or Sharapova, but he is the highest profile footballer in the Arab world to have been banned from the sport for doping

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The idea that Barcelona are somehow helping the growth of the sport in the Arab world by playing this match is simply empty rhetoric

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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

He has long been linked with a move to Europe, attracting admiring glances from elite clubs for years

Rumors or not, Cosmin Olaroiu is the next UAE manager in waiting

Monday, 5 December 2016

This certainly isn’t the first time Olaroiu has been linked with the national team job

Al Ain must learn lessons from their defeat

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Reinforcements must be sought, particularly in the number nine position where Douglas let his side down with a penalty miss that stunted the momentum

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