In Iran, the World Cup Is Bringing Change

July 05, 2018

For the first time in nearly 40 years, women in Iran were allowed to enter a stadium to watch football. Since the 1979 revolution, women in Iran have been denied entry to sports stadiums. The reasons cited by authorities are mostly religious. In a theocratic state like Iran, they are worried...

How World Cup Sponsorship Mirrors Global Economic Shifts

July 01, 2018

The World Cup has seen a major shakeup in sponsorship in recent years, with Chinese firms emerging as key spenders. There’s been dramatic shift in the country origin for FIFA World Cup sponsorship in recent years. A third of the top sponsors are now from China, versus none before 2014. Kalin...

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...