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For Qatari Network, Political Feud Spills Into Stadiums

LONDON — One of the world’s biggest buyers of sports rights has a problem: It’s Qatari. The broadcaster, beIN Sports, has poured billions of dollars into securing rights to major events, notably in soccer, in recent years. But over the last three months, it has found itself at the center ...

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Belgian Clubs and Foreign Money: A Modern Soccer Mix

TUBIZE, Belgium — There is something incongruous about the pregame razzmatazz at the Stade Leburton, about Michael Buffer’s catchphrase — “Let’s get ready to rumble!” — crackling out of the loudspeakers, and the pulsing, earsplitting techno soundtrack that follows. Tubize’s greatest claim to fame in soccer is as the hometown ...

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For U.S., a Tough Spot With Little Room for Error

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — A raucous crowd, encouraged by the declaration of a national holiday and the not-so-remote possibility of a World Cup berth, will not be all that greets the United States soccer team when it steps into Estadio Olímpico for a World Cup qualifying match on Tuesday. ...

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