Blatter Reveals Shady World of Sport and Politics

July 05, 2015

Sepp Blatter admits that sports and politics are intertwined, as a shadow falls on European and Middle Eastern dealings. Embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter unwittingly put his finger on two fundamental issues that underlie a corruption scandal that has rocked world soccer governance: the...

Blatter Helps AFC to Keep its Skeletons in the Closet

June 01, 2015

Amid FIFA corruption allegations, the Asian Football Confederation has ensured its own skeletons remain under lock and key. Embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter has spun the world soccer body’s crisis as a public relations and reputation management issue, and a problem caused by individuals...

The World This Week: God, Gays and the Beautiful Game

May 29, 2015

As Ireland embraces Satanic love, the Catholic Church chafes under its barefoot Argentine pope. The Catholic Church has long opposed abortion, contraception and homosexuality. Some argue that this doctrinal certitude has been a key reason for its success. Everyone knows what the Catholic Church...

FIFA Arrests Put Corruption on the Agenda

May 27, 2015

FIFA and Sepp Blatter are used to annual meetings that run like clockwork. But US and Swiss police have made sure this time it’s different. FIFA’s annual meetings are normally formulaic affairs where everything goes to plan: grand speeches are held; pats on the back are summarily dished out;...

Will FIFA Finally Elect a New President?

January 08, 2015

A Jordanian prince has stepped up to challenge four-time FIFA President Sepp Blatter. Who will emerge victorious? The announcement by FIFA Vice President Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein that he will challenge the world soccer body’s four-time president, Sepp Blatter, in elections later this year has...

Qatar and the World Cup: Protests and Human Rights In Play

May 20, 2014

Mega sporting events allow Qatar and other nations to build soft power on the international stage. Mass protests against Brazil's hosting of the FIFA World Cup, Turkey's loss of opportunities to hold sports events, and controversy over Qatar's labor system are impacting the global sports world's...