Iran’s World Cup Carpet Diplomacy

Iran’s national team will lock horns with the heavyweights of soccer at the World Cup in Russia this month. But before the clashes begin, Team Melli is in a gift-giving mood according to a report by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. The squad plans to present silk Persian carpets to FIFA, the world governing body of […]

Why Rwanda Was Chosen As Arsenal’s Tourism Partner

By Bartholomew Madukwe with Agency report Arsenal’s Chief Commercial Officer, Vinai Venkatesham, has explained that the club’s three-year partnership with Rwanda was an exiting thing that will see them support the country’s ambition to build their tourism industry. He said: “The country has been transformed in recent years and Arsenal’s huge following will bring Rwanda […]

Breaking: Nigeria, Ex-Everton And Middlesbrough Striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni Retires From Football At 35

Former Nigeria international striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, has retired from football at the age of 35. In almost a decade in English football, between January 2003 and June 2012, Yakubu scored 114 times in 293 league appearances, mostly in the top flight, reports BBC Sport. He averaged nearly a goal every other game at Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, […]

Sports Diplomacy: Football Fans Using Banners at Matches to Score Political Points

From demanding the return of the Parthenon marbles to highlighting the horror of the Warsaw uprising, football enthusiasts have been using banners at matches to gain political points. While it is common thinking that Donald Trump may soon have the opportunity to frown at the  #Takeaknee protests  in 280 characters, some American sports enthusiasts have been left complaining that […]