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Football and Politics in the Gulf

George Bright and Tommy Go discuss the increasing interest in football in the Gulf states and examine some of the political issues that arise from this. Introduction  In the last fifteen years, football has become of increasing interest to the oil-rich nations of the Persian Gulf. The reasons behind this sudden, perturbing interest have…

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Australian Football’s Problem with Blue Players

George Bright analyses the psychology behind football and the effect on Australia’s football culture. Since the apogee of the Socceroos at the 2015 Asian Cup, Australia’s progress towards consistently becoming genuine contenders at the international level has seemingly stagnated. After unforgettably qualifying for the 2006 World Cup at expense of Uruguay, 13 of Australia’s 23…

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Perfectionism in Sport

It’s 2020. An Olympic year. Come the end of July, the world’s attention will turn to Tokyo to watch the best of the best compete for Olympic glory. An estimated 11,000 athletes representing 206 nations are expected to compete.[1] But what does it take to reach such a high level of athletic achievement? Of course,…

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In Triumph and Disaster

Track and field isn’t a game. It’s not like rugby or tennis, it’s not something that you ‘play’. Track and field is high performance. It is sport in its purest, simplest form. In the 100m the margin between glittering success and heartbreak is often 0.01 of a second, a moment that defines your aptitude as…

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