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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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Blatter may retain FIFA presidency

TASS (June 14) – The president of the world football’s governing body FIFA Sepp Blatter, who announced on June 2 he would resign after 17 years in the role, may however retain his post, Swiss newspaper Schweiz am Sonntag has reported. Continue reading

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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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Why the United States is targeting FIFA

SSoccer Corporatizationystemic corruption is quite common among the world’s political, financial, and economic power-brokers. Every other political, financial, and economic entity in the US is entangled in some form of systemic corruption, including professional sports leagues and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA); yet the US has not pursued violators from those entities. Above all, what is suspicious about the US intervention into FIFA politics is that whenever the US intervenes internationally, claiming to be concerned about democracy, good governance, and/or human rights, that intervention proves to be duplicitous. Professor GEORGE WRIGHT* on the US-dictated Anglo-American/UEFA alliance. Continue reading

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Brazil probe of Nike, other sponsors

Nike Brazil Kit Launch February 10, 2011 | Alan Clarke

Nike Brazil Kit Launch February 10, 2011 | Alan Clarke

Soccer CorporatizationCharacteristically, neither Nike nor any U.S. or European monopoly was named in the FBI indictment of the FIFA officials for corruption. Yet a 1996 deal with “Sportswear Company A” (sic) gave Nike the right to arrange five friendly matches for the Brazilian national team per year, picking both opponents and players included in so-called “Nike games.” BRAD HAYNES AND ANTHONY BOADLE, Reuters 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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Washington politicizes football – Paul Craig Roberts

(June 3) – Washington’s attack on world soccer is following the script of Washington’s attack on the Russian-hosted Sochi Olympics. The difference is that Washington couldn’t stop the Olympics from being held in Sochi, and was limited to scaring off westerners with lies and propaganda. In the current scandal orchestrated by Washington, Washington intends to use its takeover of FIFA to renege on FIFA’s decision that Russia host the next World Cup. Continue reading

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