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Opinion | Baku in the big league: Arsenal and Chelsea supporters caught up in Uefa playing politics with Azerbaijan

With Chelsea and Arsenal to contest the Uefa Europa League final, fans have turned their attention to Baku – the capital of Azerbaijan. What many don’t know, however, is the decision to host the game in the city is part of a much greater strategic plan.

27 May 2019 - 8:55AM

With Chelsea and Arsenal to contest the Uefa Europa League final, fans have turned their attention to Baku – the capital of Azerbaijan. What many don’t know, however, is the decision to host the game in the city is part of a much greater strategic plan.

Baku in the big league: Arsenal and Chelsea supporters caught up in Uefa playing politics with Azerbaijan
Opinion | Fifa president Gianni Infantino plays the global game: how football has become a subtle but strong diplomacy tool

With the next Fifa Council meeting quickly approaching, Gianni Infantino’s recent travel itinerary offers insights into what’s really afoot in world politics at the moment

13 Mar 2019 - 4:47PM

With the next Fifa Council meeting quickly approaching, Gianni Infantino’s recent travel itinerary offers insights into what’s really afoot in world politics at the moment

Fifa president Gianni Infantino plays the global game: how football has become a subtle but strong diplomacy tool
Far-reaching Gazprom deals show Russia’s state-backed sports sponsorship soft power play is flexing its muscles
Soft power sponsorships: how Qatar uses sport to promote a positive picture to the outside world
Open sesame to sports success: the guanxi of Alibaba
A feast for wolves: China’s richest man is hunting the global sports and entertainment industry