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Israel has canceled the FIFA Palestine Cup

Israel denied travel permits to the Gaza team without any reasonable explanation | Dave Zirin

Palestine Cup Opening match, the Gaza Strip, June 2019 | SAID KHATIB / AFP

It’s been barely noticed, but this past week saw an incursion of politics into sports like no other. With little reason, the Israeli government made the decision to cancel the Palestinian national football club championship, otherwise known as the FIFA Palestine Cup. The contest between Gaza’s Khadamat Rafah club and Nablus’s FC Balata, located in the central West Bank, had to be called off when Israel denied travel permits to the Gaza team. The trip would have been just a couple of miles. Continue reading

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African and Cameroonian icon Samuel Eto’o retires

Cameroon’s all-time record goalscorer Samuel Eto’o has retired at the age of 38. Continue reading

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Manchester City first billion-euro squad in football history

For the first time in history, a football club invested more than one billion euro in transfer indemnities to assemble its squad: Manchester City. Following last summer transfer window, two clubs are close to this figure: Paris St-Germain (€913 million) and Real Madrid (€902 million). Issue number 266 of the CIES Football Observatory* Weekly Post presents the data for all teams in the big-5. Continue reading

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Israel won’t allow Palestine Cup soccer game, cites ‘security reasons’

Palestine Football Association slams reason behind refusing entry for Gaza team members as ‘a complete lie’ after Shin Bet argues they’re associated with terrorism | JACK KHOURY in Haaretz

Palestine Cup Opening match, the Gaza Strip, June 2019 | SAID KHATIB / AFP

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Latest inductees to US Pro Football Hall of Fame condemn injustices

Bailey’s speech came two days after another inductee, former safety Ed Reed, was spotted at the Hall of Fame game wearing a shirt with the faces of nine black Americans killed in recent years, including Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner | JOE ROBBINS/GETTY IMAGES

(August 4) – On Saturday, Champ Bailey, who was one of eight former players and league executives inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, devoted part of his nationally televised speech to urge white Americans to pay attention to the injustices black Americans face.

“We say this to all of our white friends: When we tell you about our fears, please listen,” Bailey said at the enshrinement ceremony in Canton, Ohio. Continue reading

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Russian beauty and Gaelic football

You might not know a thing about Gaelic football, a traditional Irish sport. But not only is it both fun and difficult, Russia now has its FIRST EVER female national GAA team! And today, it plays its first-ever game at the GAA World Games in Ireland.

Ahead of their departure to Dublin, Raw Take witnessed their final training session, took part in it, and learnt the traits of this unique sport!

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How mafia and corruption scandals rocked Italian football

High-profile cases of corruption, ticket touting and match fixing have led Italians to lose faith in the beautiful game, writes criminologist Anna Sergi.

Juventus has been struck by scandals | Andrea di Marco/EPA.

Football could be considered Italy’s most popular sport, with world-class teams worth billions attracting a dedicated following across the country. But more than that, football shapes the nation’s collective identity, bringing people from the smallest village to the biggest city together in their love for “the beautiful game”.

But over the past decade, media investigations and research have uncovered an unseemly lack of virtue within the industry. Mafia infiltration and corruption have come to characterise Italian football to the point that malpractice, deviance and criminal behaviour might seem to be the norm. Continue reading

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Marta extends her legend

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Women’s World Cup underway in France

Facing a formidable United States attack, Chile’s Christiane Endler was called upon to make key saves from the first minute of Sunday’s game | Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

The 2019 International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) women’s football world cup is underway in France with 24 countries participating in the games. The world cup will end on July 7. Host country France won the first match of the eighth edition of the world cup against South Korea. Canada has won its first two matches. Continue reading

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Venezuela beats US football team 3-0 prior to Copa America 2019

The national Venezuelan team showed a well-played football with few to no mistakes, finishing the match on Sunday with a confidence-boosting victory of 3-0 in a friendly game in Cincinnati.

Salomon Rondon has become Venezuela’s historic top-scorer with 24 overall goals | @foetball247

(June 9) – The Venezuelan national football team stunned their United States counterpart on Sunday with a confidence-boosting victory of 3-0 in a friendly match in Cincinnati, as part of preparatory games for Copa America 2019. Continue reading

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