Richard Whittall:

“The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer has helped me immensely with great information and perspective.”


Bob Bradley, former US and Egyptian national coach

"James Dorsey’s The Turbulent World of Middle Eastern Soccer (has) become a reference point for those seeking the latest information as well as looking at the broader picture."
Alon Raab in The International Journal of the History of Sport

“Dorsey’s blog is a goldmine of information.”

Play the Game

"Your expertise is clearly superior when it comes to Middle Eastern soccer."
Andrew Das, The New York Times soccer blog Goal

"Dorsey statement (on Egypt) proved prophetic."
David Zirin, Sports Illustrated

"Essential Reading"
Change FIFA

"A fantastic new blog'
Richard Whitall of A More Splendid Life

"James combines his intimate knowledge of the region with a great passion for soccer"
Christopher Ahl, Play the Game

"An excellent Middle East Football blog"
James Corbett, Inside World Football


Friday, June 10, 2011

FIFA Disqualifies Iran: JMD on NPR



FIFA Disqualifies Iranian Women's Soccer Team
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June 9, 2011
The Iranian women's soccer team was disqualified last week from a pre-Olympic trial match in Jordan because of the type of head covering players were wearing. FIFA, the world governing body of soccer, contends that the players did not wear an approved head covering that met regulation requirements. Michele Norris speaks with James Dorsey, the author of the blog The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer and a visiting senior researcher at the National University of Singapore's Middle East Institute.

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