Many feel the money could be better spent developing local sport.
The Qatar World Cup has attracted criticism of the country’s human rights. With Australia set to host the women’s world cup next year, there’s some work we need to do in this area, too.
A scholar of Middle Eastern cultural traditions explains the history and significance of the bisht.
During the 2022 FIFA World Cup, many highlighted the controversial and politicized climate of the tournament, but sport and politics are rarely, if ever, separable.
The World Cup is drawing to an end. Will the tournament be remembered for a Messi moment to rival that of Maradona’s? Or as a breakthrough yeah for African nations?
The ongoing corruption scandal in the EU Parliament casts a harsh light both on the practices of Qatar and on some of the flaws in the EU institutions.
Shock results happen, but that doesn’t make it any easier for lower-ranked nations to rise up the ranks, a soccer economist explains.
Starry-eyed claims such as “the World Cup brings down cultural barriers” simply do not stand up to scrutiny.
Some tourist destinations are very good at distracting from their questionable approach to civil liberties.
Studies show South Africa did a lot right when it hosted the football World Cup. Qatar can do the same if it learns from South Africa.
This could just as well be the year that an African team is crowned champion.
Cities vie with each other to present global sporting events as a way to position themselves as world-class cities. However, this marketing often exacerbates social inequalities.
The mighty power of football across the globe.
To make men’s soccer a more inclusive space, organizers and players must put allyship above profits and winning.
Fifa has enacted little change to its culture to ensure corruption doesn’t occur again.
Migrant workers’ rights are indeed an ongoing issue in Qatar – but the country has passed reforms to improve workers’ rights, and it isn’t the only issue to define Qatar.
The decision to only pay lip service to discrimination could have long term impacts.
Staging the spectacle in Qatar has raised rights issues and concerns about the heat. But away from the controversy, there will be the usual mix of sporting moments, supporters’ joy and heartache.
And how have FIFA and Qatar manoeuvred to deflect criticism?
No African team has reached the semi-final stage. Out of Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia, the most likely to do so is Senegal.