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Israel demands FIFA ban Argentina from World Cup over ‘religious discrimination’

Comtec Group, a production company in charge of sports-washing the occupied territories, will demand FIFA to ban Argentine due to “religious discrimination.”

A poster of Palestinian FA chief Jibril Rajoub with Argentina

A poster of Palestinian FA chief Jibril Rajoub with Argentina’s soccer player Messi is seen during Rajoub’s news conference, in Ramallah, West Bank | Reuters

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Argentina cancels Israel ‘friendly’ match

By ALI ABUNIMAH*

Palestinians are celebrating the news that Argentina – and its star Lionel Messi – will not be playing the “friendly” football match that had been set for Jerusalem next weekend. Continue reading

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Argentina’s World Cup warm-up vs. Israel expected to be canceled over Palestinian pressure

Neither side has issued an official announcement yet, but the game is largely expected to be cancelled |Uzi Dann and Noa Landau in Haaretz

Argentina’s Lionel Messi controls the ball during the international friendly soccer match | Ivan Sekretarev/AP

(June 6) – Argentina’s planned soccer exhibition against Israel’s national team slated for Saturday at Jerusalem’s Teddy Kollek Stadium is in danger of being canceled, Argentine media reported. Local reports claim Palestinian pressure is the impetus for the game’s expected cancellation. Continue reading

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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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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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FIFA confirms: Russia to host the 2018 World Cup despite US pressure

fifa-logo-2(April 4) – The International Football Federation (FIFA), through a spokesman, has ratified Russia as host of the 2018 World Cup , rejecting the request of a group of US senators, including Republican John McCain.

According to the spokesman, “the tournament can be a powerful catalyst for constructive dialogue between peoples and governments, helping to bring about social change”.

“Football cannot be considered as a solution to all problems, especially those relating to international politics,” continues Fisher. Continue reading

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