Ali Ahsan

  • In April 2017, Pakistani football truly hit rock bottom when the FIFA World Football Rankings gave Pakistan 201st place (out of 211) and also became the lowest ranked side in Asia. Next door neighbours India, however, got a remarkable 101st thanks to some impressive results by their national ...

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  • This is the second part of this blog. The first can be read here How not to handle a self-made crisis Pakistani football has faced numerous political crises over the past 3 decades alone — almost every time forcing a FIFA intervention. The Mian Azhar vs Hafiz Salman Butt feud ...

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  • The words ‘Football’ and ‘Pakistan’ don’t seem to come up in the same sentences anywhere in the world. As a country ranked 194 of 209 FIFA Member Associations as of August 2016, Pakistan is the proverbial minnow of the ‘beautiful game’. Forever the ...

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  • FIFA finally has a new President! On 26 February 2016, the world football fraternity met for an Extraordinary Congress in Zurich to vote for a Swiss-born Italian Gianni Infantino as its new supremo. A few hours earlier, members also approved extensive FIFA reforms to ensure transparency ...

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  • Pakistani football’s ongoing crisis is now entering its second year. 2015 saw controversial elections causing the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) to split into factions, as serious allegations of corruption also emerged at the end of the year. Football writers like Umaid Wasim, ...

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  • Image Courtesy: PTV Sports World football has completely turned upside down since May 2015. FIFA and its various continental confederations are facing a major investigation from the American FBI and Swiss authorities for corruption and racketeering, leading to the arrest of its senior ...

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  • This hasn’t been the best of years for world football’s governing body, FIFA. Decades of strong allegations of corruption, mismanagement, and political intrigue by world’s football officials finally exploded in May 2015 when the FBI and Swiss authorities swooped in and arrested ...

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  • So 50 years have passed to the day India formally declared war on Pakistan on 6 September 1965. The 17-day conflict, fought mainly in Kashmir and Sialkot-Lahore sector, ended in a UN-sponsored ceasefire with both sides. The war has gained near mythical status in both countries with both sides ...

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  • It’s that time of the year again. Balochistan has regained its importance as the strategic culmination point of the proposed China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and all its $46 billion glory. The unpolished jewel of the Makran coast, Gwadar, has rekindled the interest it gained during the ...

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