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Football’s inhumane schedule

For the owners of the teams and the league bosses who control the game, it really does not matter if the players play too many games | RICARDO GUERRA*

(August 10) – A lot has been said over the last few years about the gruelling nature of the yearly football schedule around the world. Several competitions have been expanded to include more teams. Consequently, players play an increased number of matches every season. Additionally, some teams are involved in two or even three competitions at the same time. In such circumstances, some players may play two whole matches a week during various parts of the season, leaving them with inadequate recovery time between matches. Continue reading

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Cantona, FIFA join pressure on Israel, as hunger striker Mahmoud Sarsak determined to reach freedom or death

By ALI ABUNIMAH*

Palestinians paint a mural depicting Mahmoud al-Sarsak in southern Gaza on June 10. (Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

PALESTINIAN footballer Mahmoud Sarsak is still on hunger strike and is determined to continue until he dies or Israel agrees to free him, his lawyer Mahmoud Jabarin said today. Continue reading

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Euro 2012 contractors declare bankruptcy

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Construction Work (Photo credit: gullevek)

POLAND’S third largest construction company and one of the Euro 2012 contractors, PBG, and two of its subsidiaries declared bankruptcy this Monday (June 4th) because of liquidity problems stemming from infrastructure contracts and road work done in preparation for the Euro 2012. The tournament opens today in Warsaw. Continue reading

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Euro 2012: Ukraine’s PR disaster

The Ukrainian government had high hopes that co-hosting the Euro 2012 would be Ukraine’s European coming out party. For now, the tournament remains a PR disaster, highlighting mostly corruption scandals and political turmoil, writes Ukraine-based journalist Mark Rachkevych in his second of two articles on Ukraine’s Euro 2012 preparations. Continue reading

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Ukraine’s Euro 2012 preparations rife with corruption and overspending

IN THE first of two articles on Euro 2012 co-host Ukraine, Ukraine-based journalist Mark Rachkevych presents the rocky road of Ukraine’s Euro 2012 preparations. We are publishing this article and its companion for information of our readers. Overspending and corruption cases have surrounded the country’s construction and infrastructure projects in preparation for the tournament. However, the Eurocentric bias is evident as two of the original and central aims of Euro 2012, the annexation and integration of the Ukraine and Poland into the European Union and NATO and the neo-liberal agenda, is kept in the shade. Nor does the writer even treat soccer/football in Ukraine, where only a minority of players for Donetsk and Dynamo Kiev are Ukrainian (5 of 24 on Donetsk, and 12 of 25 for Kiev) – and most of these are not regulars. Sound familiar? Continue reading

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