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, April 23, 2011

Anti-Government Protests Put Iraqi Hosting of Gulf Cup in Question

Soccer officials from the Gulf states and Yemen will visit the Iraqi port city of Basra to inspect its preparations for the hosting of the Gulf Cup in 2013, according to Al Arabiya.

The visit comes amid increasingly strained relations between Iraq and several Gulf states because of Iraqi criticism of the Bahraini crackdown on predominantly Shiite anti-government protesters and the intervention of Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) troops in Bahrain.

Gulf soccer officials say security will be a particular focus of their inspection. The Iraqi organizer’s of the cup are expected to report on their security measures prior to the visit.
Basra is half way in putting the necessary infrastructure for the tournament in place. It has a 65,000-seat and a 10,000-seat stadium.

Some Gulf states would like to see the 2013 Gulf Cup moved from Basra to Bahrain in a bid to punish Iraq for its support of the Bahraini opposition and boost Bahrain’s tarnished international image.

The secretary of Bahrain’s soccer federation Abd el-Rahman Sayar suggested he may not be able to join the inspection team because flights between Bahrain and Iraq have been cancelled as a result of the Bahraini turmoil.

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