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Football deaths renew spotlight on Egypt’s notorious security forces

By James M. Dorsey A stampede at a Cairo stadium earlier this month, much like a politically-loaded football brawl in the Suez Canal city of Port Said three years ago, is shining a spotlight on Egypt’s unreformed, unabashedly violent, and politically powerful police and security forces amid confusion over what precisely happened and how many …

Daily News Egypt

When a night out for football in Egypt turned dark

Having friends over in Egypt, my home for over a year and a half now, is always both a great joy and bit of a hassle. What should and shouldn’t I show them to give them the best holiday and the best impression of Egypt? However, seven Dutch university friends proved to be an easy …

Eduard Cousin

Football deaths raise stakes for Egypt’s general-turned-president Al-Sisi

By James M. Dorsey The death of at least 40 militants, highly politicised, and street battle-hardened Egyptian football fans in clashes with security forces raises the stakes for General-turned-President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s efforts to suppress political dissent. The incident is one of the worst in Egyptian sporting history and the latest in a number of …

Daily News Egypt

Yellow card for Al-Sisi?

By Amr Khalifa Over thirty Egyptians did not return home last night and Mohamed Ibrahim, Minister of Interior, shoulders responsibility. You can be certain the honorable minister is not the only party culpable in the second disaster of its kind to strike Egyptian football in the last three years, 74 lives having been extinguished in …

Daily News Egypt

Keen to project a progressive image, the UAE picks its battles

By James M. Dorsey Projecting an image of being politically and culturally on the cutting edge, the United Arab Emirates carefully picks its battles. Participation in the US-led coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has projected the United Arab Emirates as a military force to be reckoned with. Football is the …

Daily News Egypt

AFC official ‘happy’ to bar women spectators from stadia

By James M. Dorsey The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has dropped any pretention of standing up for universal standards for equality in sports by endorsing bans on women attending football matches in stadia. In doing so, the AFC has confirmed policies adopted by the Asian group, as well as world football body FIFA, that effectively …

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Turkish football: Illiberal President Erdogan’s latest victim

By James M. Dorsey Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s illiberal policies have targeted the media, the judiciary, the police, militant football fans, and anti-government protesters. Now they threaten to claim yet another victim: the game of football itself. In a major blow to troubled Turkish football, Yildiz Holding, a conservative conglomerate known for its confectionary and biscuit business and …

Daily News Egypt

Africa Cup of Nations: A remarkable history

In its 30th edition, the championship is attracting the interest of many fans following the qualifying tournament, which held many surprises after the loss of major teams against teams of little fame, experience, and history in the championship.

Daily News Egypt

GCC abandonment of unified labour contract puts onus on Qatar

By James M. Dorsey A decision by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to abandon plans to adopt a unified contract for domestic workers increases pressure on Qatar to significantly revamp its controversial labour regime in a bid to fend off efforts to deprive it of its right to host the 2022 World Cup. It also …

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A vote for Prince Ali is a likely vote for change – and for challenge

By James M. Dorsey FIFA vice president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein’s announcement that he will challenge the world football body’s four-time president Sepp Blatter in elections later this year has definitively turned the poll into a battle for the group’s future. A vote for the prince is at least a vote against the FIFA president …

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Setting benchmark in battle for statehood: Palestine in Asian Cup

By James M. Dorsey Palestine has set a new benchmark for nations like the Kurds and the Kosovars, who see football as a key part of their toolbox to achieve statehood, with its qualification for this month’s Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup even if the Palestinian road to statehood is increasingly pockmarked by seemingly …

Daily News Egypt

Gulf-Iranian proxy war spills onto football pitch

By James M. Dorsey A Saudi-led proxy war against Iran playing out in Syria and Iraq has expanded onto the football pitch with a last minute decision by the Palestinian national team to cancel a friendly against Iran. The cancellation, officially on technical grounds, came barely two weeks before Iran meets two of its Gulf nemeses, the …

Daily News Egypt

Manchester City: The shining team

The team’s management spent €57.6m this season to raise the team’s efficiency and meet the demands of Pellegrini, and to maintain the Premier League title and gain the European title.

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Football’s Holy Trinity

By Dr Cesar Chelala  With Lionel Messi’s last performances there should now be no doubt: he belongs in football’s Holy Trinity with Pelé and Maradona. Although there have been many outstanding players, those three are the most enduring stars in the world’s most popular sport. The three of them have been considered by different observers …

Daily News Egypt

Al-Ahly – master of the world

Al-Ahly become one of the most successful clubs in the world in terms of the number of championships won, with 129 official championships under its belt – a number that has not been surpassed by any other team in the world.

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