The Beautiful Game Fails Women

July 24, 2018

Entertainment and profits aside, it is time FIFA put its money where its mouth is and encourage women to play the beautiful game. Missing teams. Dangerous turf. Low investment. Women's international football has a problem, not in quality of play or enthusiasm, but in the support provided by its...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Bringing You “Chaos” Today

June 25, 2018

As usual, chaos is the word of the day in the media — this time with Donald Trump and Lionel Messi. On the same day, June 23, Business Insider posted two articles with a headline containing the word chaos. The first one concerned the global economy: “Trump threatens to slam a massive tariff...

World Cup 2018: The Beautiful Game in an Ugly World

June 14, 2018

Football is a simple and beautiful game that gives joy to billions around the world, but it needs urgent reforms. The English have bequeathed the world many legacies. Some of them, like Israel-Palestine, India-Pakistan and Northern Ireland, tend not to be pretty. Football, on the other hand, is...

Palestine Puts FIFA in a Bind

May 09, 2017

The significance of the Israeli-Palestinian battle being fought on the soccer pitch goes beyond the intricacies of Middle Eastern politics. The perennial dispute between Israel and Palestine has put world soccer body FIFA in a bind. With FIFA groping on how to deal with Israeli West Bank...

FIFA Congress: An Israeli-Palestinian Battleground

April 24, 2017

Soccer teams from Israeli settlements in the West Bank are likely to be the order of the day at the FIFA Congress in May. The annual FIFA Congress is likely to become the first international forum since Donald Trump took office to debate Israel’s controversial settlement policy. Israeli...