Three successive AFCON title triumphs were followed by three successive failures to qualify for the tournament, in 2012, 2013 and 2015...Why an expanded World Cup is good for the Gulf but bad news for football
According to FIFA president Gianni Infantino the World Cup will be more “inclusive” now that it will feature 48-teams from 2026...What threat do China’s millions pose to the future of Gulf football?
Could China soon construct something of a glass ceiling above the Gulf game?...Supercoppa Italiana in Qatar a sign of things to come?
Might this be something of a jumping off point in the globalisation of the world’s most popular sport?...Plenty to look forward in 2017 for Gulf football fans
The race to make it to the 2018 World Cup and AFC Champions League promise lot of action...Saudi Arabia great Mohammad Noor hit with 4-year ban for doping
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...Don’t be fooled, Barcelona’s Doha friendly will benefit only Barcelona
The idea that Barcelona are somehow helping the growth of the sport in the Arab world by playing this match is simply empty rhetoric...Omar Abdulrahman is the UAE’s greatest ever, but it’s time for the next move
He has long been linked with a move to Europe, attracting admiring glances from elite clubs for years...