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04 / 15 / 14

After a "good two months of speculation, uncertainty and what have you, the event they often call cricket’s Super Bowl is finally upon us," according to Gautam Bhattacharyya of GULF NEWS. The UAE will now become only the second overseas venue after South Africa "to host the seventh edition of...

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03/18/13
FIFA Chief Raises Qatar Heat Concerns

FIFA medical chief Michel D'Hooghe said that he "is concerned about the prospects of playing the 2022 World Cup in the summer heat of Qatar," according to Andy Sambidge of ARABIAN BUSINESS. D'Hooghe "entered the debate about whether the Gulf state should stick to the traditional slot of June for a W ...

Tags: International Football, Middle East

03/18/13
UAE League Eyes Broadcasting Revenue

The UAE’s Professional League Committee "threw open the tender" for it’s domestic football competitions in the forthcoming three seasons from '13-14 in "a bid to maximize it’s revenue potential from broadcasting rights," according to Yasir Abbasher of GULF NEWS. The announcement of ...

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03/15/13
Qatar FA Denies 'Dream League' Report

The Qatar FA has "denied a report" that the Gulf state is planning to launch a summer football league paying Europe’s leading clubs £175M ($264M) each to compete, according to Paul Kelso of the London TELEGRAPH. A Qatar FA statement read, "With regard to the story published in today&rsqu ...

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03/15/13
Abu Dhabi Sports To Air '13 F1 Season

Abu Dhabi Media "has secured the exclusive MENA region broadcasting rights" for the '13 F1 World Championship for the fourth year in a row, according to GULF NEWS. Abu Dhabi Sports will broadcast all 19 of the upcoming F1 races from around the world, starting with the '13 season opener in Melbourne, ...

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03/14/13
UEFA To Investigate 'Dream' League

UEFA "mounted an urgent investigation" Wednesday into a report that major European clubs are "being offered huge inducements to play in a 24-team tournament to be held every two years" in Qatar, according to Andy Hodgson of the London EVENING STANDARD. However, there was "immediate scepticism about ...

Tags: International Football, United Kingdom, Middle East, Europe

03/13/13
Qataris To Propose New Tournament

The world’s leading football clubs "are to be offered enormous financial inducements to participate in a 24-team tournament every two years in Qatar and neighbouring Gulf states," according to Oliver Kay of the LONDON TIMES. The "Dream Football League" will be backed by the Qatari royal family ...

Tags: International Football, Middle East, United Kingdom

03/08/13
AFC Calls Platini World Cup Idea 'Crazy'

UAE FA Chair Yousuf Al Serkal called UEFA President Michel Platini's idea that Qatar share the 2022 World Cup hosting rights with its Middle East neighbors "crazy," according to Sudipto Ganguly of REUTERS. Platini has long called for the World Cup to be "shared by the tiny Arab state and that the to ...

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03/06/13
U.N. Agency Cancels Gaza Marathon

The main U.N. agency in Gaza "has canceled the annual marathon in the small Palestinian territory after ruling Hamas Islamists banned women from the race," according to Nidal al-Mughrabi of REUTERS. Hamas said that "having women in the annual event, scheduled for April 10, contravened Islamic tradit ...

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03/05/13
Iran Riders Visa-Less For Championship

The Cycling Federation of India, which will host the Asian cycling championship in New Dehli from Thursday, "has attracted international embarrassment," according to THE HINDU. Cyclists from a few countries, including Iran, "are yet to get visas for the event," and the CFI "is facing pressure from t ...

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03/04/13
2022 World Cup Could Switch Seasons

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar "could be moved to winter if medical reports show summer temperatures in Qatar would be dangerously high," according to Richard Conway of the BBC. FIFA has "always maintained that Qatar would have to make the request to move the tournament." However, FIFA General Secretar ...

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