Latest in Tag: World Cup Highlight

Latest in Tag: World Cup


Swiss court rejects lawsuit against FIFA over Qatar World Cup

A Swiss court has rejected a claim lodged against FIFA by several trade unions for alleged abuses of workers’ rights in 2022 World Cup host nation Qatar. Football’s world governing body welcomed the news.The Commercial Court of Zurich on Friday rejected a legal challenge by a group of trade unions over working conditions in the …

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Qatari soft power efforts: two steps forward, one step backwards

Efforts to leverage Qatar’s 2022 World Cup hosting rights to create the soft power the Gulf state needs to punch above its weight and ensure a sympathetic hearing in the international community in times of emergency operate on the Leninist principle of two steps forward, one step backwards. Take events this month as an example. …

James Dorsey

Pushing the envelope: the World Cup and Arab revolts drive change

Pressured by human rights and trade union activists leveraging Qatar’s exposure as a World Cup host and influenced by subtle changes sparked by popular Arab revolts in recent years, young Qataris are pushing the envelope, broaching publicly hitherto taboo subjects like homosexuality, women’s dress codes, and citizenship. The pushing of the envelope may be the …

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A study in soft power strategy: Iceland 1, Qatar -1

The soccer soft power contrast between Qatar and Iceland speaks volumes. A comparison of the strategies of both countries demonstrates that it takes more than money to leverage soccer to create political, geopolitical, and economic opportunity. Money and world soccer body FIFA’s desire to take one of the world’s foremost sporting events beyond Europe and …

James Dorsey

Germany launch World Cup defense

The next World Cup is still almost two years away, but qualifying for the event is about to get underway. Germany’s first test is against Norway on Sunday. It’s the beginning of a new era with a new captain.

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FIFA, human rights, and politics: one step forward, two steps back

World football body FIFA’s creation of a watchdog to monitor the living and working conditions of migrant labour employed in World Cup 2022-related construction sites is the second time in a month that Qatar has been warned that it needs to demonstrate sincerity in its reform of the Gulf state’s controversial labour system. The announcement …

James Dorsey

Sepp Blatter on World Cup affair: Beckenbauer’s version ‘absurd’

Sepp Blatter has spoken about Franz Beckenbauer’s statements on the 2006 World Cup affair. The suspended FIFA president does not believe Beckenbauer to be telling the truth. Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter describes a claim by Franz Beckenbauer over a payment to football’s governing body in connection with Germany’s hosting of the 2006 World Cup …

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Germany’s Freund in incredible 19th World Cup ski jumping victory

Severin Freund has scored another ski jumping World Cup victory in Lillehammer, Norway. The German expressed surprise at his victory after having to wait two hours in bad weather for his run, nearly losing his nerve. Germany’s Severin Freund, showing nerves of steel and a great deal of patience, clinched an astounding 19th World Cup …

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Embattled World Cup host Qatar sends mixed messages

The embattled World Cup host Qatar is sending contradictory messages as it struggles with demands to improve migrant labour conditions, answer the mounting questions about the integrity of its successful FIFA bi, confront the fall-out of dropping energy prices, and seek to project itself as both a key Western ally and a useful conduit to …

James Dorsey

FIFA fines Angel Maria Villar Llona for misconduct

FIFA has slapped the wrists of one of its vice presidents over misconduct during an investigation into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. It also imposed six-month bans on two Congolese officials. A statement issued by FIFA’s Ethics Committee on Friday said it had fined Vice President Angel Maria Villar Llona 25,000 …

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DFB statement puts Beckenbauer at center of World Cup allegations

The DFB’s two acting presidents have released a statement regarding a document described by media as “possibly a bribery attempt” regarding the 2006 World Cup. They have said that Franz Beckenbauer signed the document. Rainer Koch, one of the two acting vice presidents of the German football association (DFB), confirmed in a statement that Franz …

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New Zealand win third Rugby World Cup

The All Blacks made history on Saturday evening securing a third Rugby World Cup in an exciting final against arch-rivals Australia. The Kiwis also became the first team to ever defend a World Cup. The All Blacks started as expected, with power and precision in all aspects of their play, and the first points of …

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Zwanziger had ‘no knowledge’ that FIFA payment was dubious

A war of words between the German FA and its former president continued this weekend. The two sides have been trading allegations about alleged wrongdoing related to Germany’s successful bid to host the 2006 World Cup. Former DFB (German FA) President Theo Zwanziger hit back on Saturday at current senior German football officials who have …

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New Zealand reach fourth Rugby World Cup final

Like Bayern Munich in football, New Zealand keep setting records in rugby. In a tense semifinal against South Africa, the most successful rugby nation of all time secured the win and a spot in the 2015 final. New Zealand overcame archrival South Africa 20-18 in the wet at Twickenham on Saturday to advance to a …

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