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Friendship first: Mexican and US soccer teams unite to stick it to Trump’s wall

Mexico won the World Cup qualifying match against the U.S. national team 2-1.

US and Mexico players unite for a team photo ahead of their World Cup qualifier in Colombus. US and Mexico players unite for a team photo ahead of their World Cup qualifier in Colombus. | Photo: AFP

US and Mexico players unite for a team photo ahead of their World Cup qualifier in Colombus | AFP

The Mexican and U.S. national soccer teams defied protocol Friday night November 11 in their World Cup qualifier as they posed together for a team photograph in a display of unity as U.S. president-elect Donald Trump threatens to tear the two nations apart. Continue reading

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A bedraggled, sorry imitation of a national team

Honduras' Alberth Elis, left, and Canada's Dejan Jakovic battle for the ball during a World Cup qualifying match in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on Friday. Honduras won 2-1 | Arnulfo Franco/AP Photo

Canada’s Dejan Jakovic fouls Honduras’ Alberth Elis, as they battle for the ball during a World Cup qualifying match in San Pedro Sula. Honduras won 2-1 | Arnulfo Franco/AP Photo

By TONY SEED

After some wonderful football (soccer) in the World Cup and the Olympics, it was painful to watch the Canadian men’s team play Honduras tonight in a qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The game was played in San Pedro Sula before 40,000 people, and it is extraordinary that they have not won a single match in Honduras since 1985 – 35 years – and are not likely to win another for the next 35 years. Continue reading

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Though Cuba’s debut in Gold Cup stained with irregularities, it fights through to the quarter-finals

Mexico forward Oribe Peralta scores a goal against Cub at Soldier Field, Chicago, July 9, 2015. | Reuters

Mexico forward Oribe Peralta scores a goal against Cuba at Soldier Field, Chicago, July 9, 2015. | Reuters

By TONY SEED

The USA and Cuba may have agreed to normalizing diplomatic relations, but that has not extended to sport due to the hostile attitude of the Obama administration. News agencies report that the United States refused to allow the coach of the Cuban national football team, six players and the team’s doctor for the CONCAF Gold Cup, a regional tournament of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, hosted under FIFA auspices, currently underway in that country. What it shows is that even the domain of sports is being brought under the liquidationist pressure, whereby the modern norms of a level playing field and sportsmanship in competition are being destroyed in order to achieve self-serving political aims.
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Geopolitics is behind the FIFA scandal as the war against Russia enters a new front

Soccer CorporatizationThere is no question that there is a lot of corruption inside the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Bribes and behind the scene deals have been going on for decades. The sport federation is responsible for the most watched and popular sport in the world and is part of a lucrative business venture that has a lot of soft power and prestige attached to it. MAHDI DARIUS NAZEMROAYA* Continue reading

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The FIFA war is not about football or corruption

Soccer CorporatizationWhy are the Americans so interested in “cleaning up” a game that has been managed mostly by Europeans so far? Why did Swiss cops come with New York Times journalists in tow? Why did they arrest officials exclusively from South and Central American federations? The FBI’s move against seven FIFA officials on charges of corruption is seen by most countries as a desperate US-Euro effort to isolate Russia and re-open the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. SHOBHAN SAXENA*

From Brazil to Russia: symbolic hand-over at the Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, 13 July 2014. Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA, stands between Russian president Vladimir Putin and Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff in this grab from the official FIFA video of the event. Russia will host the 2018 Fifa World Cup.

From Brazil to Russia: symbolic hand-over at the Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, 13 July 2014. Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA, stands between Russian president Vladimir Putin and Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff in this grab from the official FIFA video of the event. Russia will host the 2018 Fifa World Cup.

Rio de Janeiro (May 31) – Forget the analogies about football being more important than life and religion. The Beautiful Game has always been all about politics among nations – on and off the pitch. And now, it’s reaching Cold War levels. Continue reading

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US police power (FBI) turns American FIFA bigwig into common informant

Chuck Blazer turned informer after the FBI gave him a dossier alleging failure to pay tax on huge sums of income | Peter Kohalmi/AFP/Getty Images

Chuck Blazer turned informer after the FBI gave him a dossier alleging failure to pay tax on huge sums of income | Peter Kohalmi/AFP/Getty Images

Owen Gibson (Nov. 5) – Claims that a disgraced former Fifa executive turned FBI informant used a bugging device to record meetings with colleagues at the London 2012 Olympics have led to calls for the Serious Fraud Office to investigate world football’s governing body. The allegations, part of an investigation into Chuck Blazer by the New York Daily News, prompted the Conservative MP Damian Collins to renew his call for the SFO to investigate long-standing bribery and money-laundering allegations surrounding Fifa.

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FIFA executive allegedly stole Australian cash, quits

New report accuses former CONCACAF executives Jack Warner (middle) and Chuck Blazer (right) of enriching themselves with the confederation's money. Photo: CONCACAF congress 2011 in Miami (c) Jens Weinreich 

New report accuses former CONCACAF executives Jack Warner (middle) and Chuck Blazer (right) of enriching themselves with the confederation’s money. Photo: CONCACAF congress 2011 in Miami (c) Jens Weinreich

(22 April 2013) – A REPORT released during the CONCACAF congress in Panama on April 19 outlines harsh allegations of fund embezzlement committed by then FIFA vice-president Jack Warner of Trinidad and former CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer of the USA. Both men had functioned without a written contract from 1998 until their respective departures, and the American Blazer allegedly received 15 million dollars in commissions for his services during that time frame.  Continue reading

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