Sport, Politics and Society in the Arab World by Dr Mahfoud Amara

By Dr Mahfoud Amara

This booklet explores the importance of recreation within the realizing of earlier and present societal dynamics within the Arab international. It examines activity with regards to cultural, political and financial alterations within the Arab global, together with countryside development, the formation of nationwide id and diplomacy in post-colonial context.

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61; original text in French) The ideologies cited above were reflected not only in views about sports administration but also in the views of non-western countries concerning implicitly or explicitly imposed international norms and “rational” theories and strategies about the way football should be played (Lanfranchi, 1994; Wagg, 1995; Lanfranchi and Wahl, 1996; Darby, 2002). This “rebellion” against western hegemony and control over the game (which had no real effect) was expressed in El-Moudjahid in an article entitled “Le Baroud d’honneur de l’EN de football” (“The gun salute of the national football team”): The sudden emergence of this country [France] at the summit of European football was an occasion for a number of [French] “pseudo-technicians” to make fortunes, meanwhile diffusing in Third World countries theories that did not have anything in Football in Post-Colonial and “Post-Conflict” Algeria 41 common with the soul, culture and physical constitution of those countries.

However, the current economic crisis in Greece had destroyed the legacy of the 2004 Olympic Games and the image that was built around the Games, of Greece as a legitimate economic partner. For South Africa, the aim of staging the 2010 FIFA World Cup was to strengthen the foundation of a post-apartheid South Africa and to promote the country as part of a global hope for multi-cultural and multi-racial cohesion and co-existence. That said, the World Cup was experienced differently by South Africans who live in towns, for whom the nice stadia built for the occasion were out of reach (as it was during apartheid era).

This allowed for the re-election of Abdelaziz Bouteflika for another term on April 9, 2010. 57 billion at the end of 2007. According official figures, by 2009 Algeria’s hard currency reserve attained $135 billion. Despite heavy investment in mega-projects for the development of infrastructures (roads, bridges, houses, transportation, water dams, harbors) and, in diplomatic terms, Algeria’s return on the international scene “as an active member of the coalition for the fight against terrorism,” the ingredients for political and economic instability are still perceptible.

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