Tag: UEFA

Is the European Super League Such a Terrible Idea?

Is the European Super League Such a Terrible Idea?

When the hysteria dies down, think carefully: Is the proposed breakaway European Super League (ESL) such a terrible idea? Most of the football clubs involved struggle to break even and most are rescued out of a financial mess by a yearly gift from their owners-cum-benefactors. With the backing...

Kurdistan, Autonomy and Soccer: Redrawing Colonial-Era Borders

Kurdistan, Autonomy and Soccer: Redrawing Colonial-Era Borders

James Dorsey analyzes the meaning of a potential bid by Iraqi Kurdistan for membership in the Asian Football Confederation, amid the greater struggle for Kurdish autonomy in a changing Middle East.   A decision by the European soccer body, UEFA, to grant Gibraltar the right of membership...

Turkey Gears Up to Give Gulf States a Run for their Money

Turkey Gears Up to Give Gulf States a Run for their Money

The Gulf states dominate headlines with Qatar’s controversial hosting of a World Cup and the high profile acquisition of European soccer teams, but they may be meeting their match in an emerging competition for being the Middle East and North Africa’s prime sports, transportation and...

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