Saudi king meets with FIFA president in Riyadh

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz met with FIFA President Gianni Infantino at al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Sunday and discussed means of cooperation between FIFA and the Saudi General Sport Authority. The meeting was attended by Minister of State and Head of the Royal Court Khaled bin Abdulrahman Al Issa, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and General Sport Authority Chairman Turki Bin Abdul Mohsen Al-Sheikh.    

US, Mexico and Canada hope to host three-way World Cup with United 2026 bid

Sunday, 10 December 2017

The heads of a joint bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada to host the 2026 World Cup trumpeted a winning plan on Saturday that technically ticks most if not all the boxes FIFA wants, but could miss the mark when it comes to winning friends. On the surface the fight to stage the expanded 2026 tournament, the first to involve 48 nations, would appear a David and Goliath struggle with Morocco, the only other bidder, up against the commercial and organizational might of the North and ...

Gulf Cup to return to Kuwait after FIFA lift ban

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Kuwait will host this month’s Gulf Cup of Nations soccer tournament, instead of Qatar, after FIFA lifted a two-year ban on the country’s football association. The transfer would go up for final approval by the Gulf Football Associations on Monday. FIFA suspended Kuwait from participating in international football competitions in October 2015 over a government bill which it said interfered in the independence of the country’s FA and fell foul of FIFA ...

REPORT: One of 2026 bidders to replace Qatar for World Cup 2022

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Owing to geopolitical problems and suspicions of corruption, Qatar could lose the organization of its World Cup due in five years, a report in the Mexican press has revealed. If that were to happen, candidates for the World Cup 2026 -  the United States, Canada or Mexico, could then be favored by FIFA. In its December 4 edition, Mexican sports daily Record argues that FIFA is very concerned about the geopolitical situation in Qatar and is already thinking about a plan B for the organization ...

Kuwait’s international ban lifted after more than two years

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Kuwait can return to international football following an absence of more than two years after FIFA lifted a ban on the country’s football association on Wednesday. Kuwait was suspended in October 2015 over a government bill which the global soccer body said interfered in the independence of the country’s FA and fell foul of the FIFA statutes. FIFA said in a statement that the lifting of the ban followed official confirmation “that the Kuwait Parliament ...

Six World Cup games to watch out for that mix geopolitics with football

Monday, 4 December 2017

The official World Cup draw on Friday saw many national teams with geopolitical history come together in the same groups. Here are the games that will be played in the tournament between countries that share an eventful past. Egypt vs. Saudi Arabia The derby match will see both countries share a long history of shared mutual interest come together. Most recently, the neighbors are cooperating militarily in Yemen and politically in their joint actions against Qatar. And when it comes to football, ...

Mini version of ‘beautiful game’ waiting to be unleashed in Gulf and elsewhere

Sunday, 3 December 2017

While the whole world is waiting for the 2018 World Cup curtain raiser on June 14 in Russia, with 31 days of exciting encounters between the best teams in the world, there is a different ball game altogether which has an equally huge potential to engage everyone. This is the world of 'minifootball', a sport that has existed since 1969. For those who are unaware and curious, the @WorldMinifoot sport which is in its infancy, is like futsal but played outdoors on natural grass with only nine ...

Blatter insists Sarkozy, Platini awarded World Cup 2022 to Qatar

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has insisted that ex-France president Nicolas Sarkozy, and former UEFA’s president Michel Platini, have influenced the 2022 World Cup bidding process in favour of Qatar. "Qatar won thanks to the intervention of high-level politicians in France. That's known and proven ... yes, Sarkozy on Michel Platini," Blatter said in an interview with BFM Sport. He added "This theme is known, it was developed by the French justice system. They came to ...

Colombian official reveals details related to Qatar bribe for FIFA 2022

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The former president of Colombia’s soccer federation testified Monday that a sports marketing executive told him up to $15 million in bribe money was available for South American officials from Qatari interests ahead of the FIFA executive committee vote to decide the site of the 2022 World Cup. Taking the witness stand as the trial of three former soccer officials entered its third week, Luis Bedoya said he was introduced to a Qatari television representative by Mariano Jinkis of Full Play ...

Half of those who voted for Qatar World Cup 2022 are ‘corrupt, detained or dead’

Monday, 27 November 2017

Half of those who voted for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup bid in the FIFA Executive Committee are reportedly either dead, imprisoned or currently on trial for corruption. The Guardian reported earlier this month that 13 officials out of 25 in the executive committee were involved in corruption cases, some of whom were deemed guilty due to evidence, while two others passed away. The report also listed several other individuals who met the same fate. Among them is Julio Grondona, FIFA’s ...

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