Tag: FIFA

Mahathir supports Asean bid to host World Cup 2034

Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad supports the initiative by Asean to host a joint FIFA World Cup in 2034 in the region. Malaysia should not miss the opportunity for a first in Southeast Asia after the Asean countries mooted the idea yesterday at...

How FAS can use World Cup to generate more enthusiasm in football?

Obbana Rajah With the World Cup just around the corner, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) should capitalise on the event to garner more support for the game and the home team. Singapore may not be participating in Russia in June, but we should use...

Twilight of a new era in global soccer business

The extraordinary event of the US$262 million Neymar Jr deal to French giant Paris St Germain has turned the world of football upside down. But it has also turned the world of the business of football inside out. And it happened at a moment when the...

World Cup and Singapore

By Michael Y.P. Ang Only 77 countries have ever qualified for the World Cup finals. But 132 of Fifa's 209 member countries, nearly two-thirds of the football world, have yet to savour the elite tournament for football's holy grail. Since World Cup qualifying is organised according...

World Cup and xenophobia (or lack of it) in Singapore

By Michael Y.P. Ang No country is immune to xenophobia, and it is unlikely to disappear as long as human nature is what it is. The issue is whether xenophobia is so widespread that it impedes the healthy functioning of a country. Certain Singaporeans seem determined...

World Cup: Break-away nations’ success

by Michael Y.P. Ang In the past quarter-century alone, the world has witnessed the creation of over 30 sovereign states. Political developments have prompted nations (or provinces with secessionist tendencies) within a nation to rise up and seek national sovereignty Independence movements around the world and...

World Cup: Free to air in 2018, please

By Pang Xue Qiang It has been one week into the most popular sporting event in the world. With the group stages in full swing, it is hard to avoid the World Cup fever. Yet, the truth may still be hard to swallow: Most of the world...

Unconstructive Singapore politics, Italian fascism and the World Cup

by Michael Y.P. Ang Since it began in 1930, the World Cup has been linked to political, economic, social and cultural developments. Using FIFA's premier event to serve political ends is commonplace. Goh Chok Tong tried to do it when he was prime minister. So...

Political lessons from Man U’s football fiasco

by Michael Y.P. Ang It is difficult to argue against the sacking of Manchester United inept manager David Moyes, who has almost single-handedly turned what was recently a global power in club football into an outfit no Red Devils supporter can be proud of. Under  Moyes,...