Richard Whittall:

The Globalist's Top Ten Books in 2016: The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer

Middle East Eye: "

The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer is one of the weightiest, most revelatory, original and important books written about sport"

“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: "No one is better at this kind of work than James Dorsey"
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

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Israel Reassures UEFA Over U-21 Amid Turmoil Wracking Egypt

With turmoil wracking its neighbours, The Israel Football Association (IFA) is seeking to pre-empt security concerns about its hosting of the 2013 Under-21 European Championship.

Israel was last week awarded the hosting as mass anti-governments threw neighbouring Egypt into turmoil, protesters in Jordan demanded political change, political crisis erupted in Lebanon and Syria braced itself for possible anti-regime demonstrations.

IFA Chief Executive Ori Shilo told members of UEFA that his country’s long-standing and demonstrated experience and ability in dealing with security made Israel ``probably the best and most safe place to host a sports event.''

Locked into a seemingly intractable dispute with the Palestinians as a result of its 43-year long occupation of Palestinian territory, Israel has developed model and at times controversial policies and procedures to address security and terrorism threats

The U-21 championship is scheduled for June 2013 with matches scheduled to be played in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Netanya and Petah Tikva. In advance of the tournament, Israel is building new stadia in Haifa, Netanya and Petah Tikva and upgrading Tel Aviv’s 60-year old National Stadium.

Although geographically located in the Middle East, Israel competes since 1994 in the European league after Arab states rejected it from the Asian confederation.
Israel’s winning bid for the U-21 championship faced competition from England, Bulgaria, Wales and the Czech Republic.

Israel previously hosted the European Under-16 tournament in 2000 and staged UEFA's annual Congress in Tel Aviv last year.

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