• By Andreas Selliaas
    08.12.2010 /
    After the World Cup defeat to Russia, the British press is in the process of examining itself – or rather – of examining FIFA. FIFA is corrupt, is the conclusion of most Englishmen after Russia stole the 2018 World Cup from England and Qatar beat the U.S. for the World Cup in 2022.
  • By Declan Hill
    03.12.2010 /
    Comment: December 2nd, 2010 I am stumped. Like many people around the world I watched the proceedings from Zurich with absolute amazement.
  • By Jens Sejer Andersen, International director, Play the Game
    02.12.2010 /
    Comment: FIFA’s top has chosen hosts that match its own dubious business practices, but it may be too early for them to rejoice
  • By Andreas Selliaas
    30.11.2010 /
    Comment: In the bathroom, during the opening ceremony of the World Cup in South Africa this summer, the North Korean ambassador in Pretoria grabbed hold of the arm of his South Korean counterpart and threatened South Korea with non-specific measures unless Seoul stopped accusing North Korea of sinking the South Korean navy vessel Cheonan. The Cheonan was sunk in March this year and 46 South Koreans died.
  • By Declan Hill
    30.11.2010 /
    Comment: With 25% of the 24 FIFA Executive Committee members allegedly involved in taking bribes, Declan Hills argues in favour of postponing the World Cup decision.
  • By Andreas Selliaas
    23.11.2010 /
    At the NATO summit this weekend, the alliance decided to enter into closer cooperation with Russia and launched 2014 as the year of withdrawal from Afghanistan. 2014 is not any year for Russia; this is the year when the Russian Federation will host the Winter Olympics for the first time. Security is going to be a hot topic in the Olympics. It might therefore be convenient to have a good relationship with NATO.
  • By Andreas Selliaas
    09.11.2010 /
    George W. Bush does not spend much time on sports politics in his autobiography. He should have. The book focuses on 14 important decisions in Bush's life (decision points) and it is said to include six key revelations. Among the important decisions ("the most consequential decisions") are the decision in 1986 to stop drinking, the decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003 and the measures to cure the financial crisis in 2008. The question is if he should have used more pages on his passion for baseball? I think so!
  • By Declan Hill
    02.11.2010 /
    Crikey! There is so much stuff coming in about sports corruption this week it is difficult to sort it all out.
  • By Declan Hill
    02.11.2010 /
    Canadian reporter Declan Hill comments on the newest FIFA corruption case and the Sunday Times investigation that brought it out in the open.
  • By Andreas Selliaas
    21.10.2010 /
    Just a month after India concluded the Commonwealth Games, China is hosting the Asian Games. The Games are taking place in Guangdong Province between 12 - 27 November, mainly in the city of Guangzhou.

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