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A comparison of the strategies of both countries demonstrates that it takes more than money to leverage soccer to create political, geopolitical and economic opportunity.
Money and world soccer body FIFA's desire to take one of the world's foremost sporting events beyond Europe and the Americas helped Qatar win the right to host the World Cup. Six years after the awarding, Qatar is a nation under fire by human rights and labour activists for its controversial labour regime, has yet to convincingly counter widespread suspicions of wrongdoing in its campaign to win its hosting rights, and is suspected by pro-Israeli circles, Christian conservatives and Arab detractors of supporting militant Islamist groups.
Iceland is a nation that is emerging from virtual bankruptcy in the wake of the financial crisis.
It lacked the funds to mount the kind of high-profile, flashy sports diplomacy that is central to Qatar's soft power strategy. Rather than focusing on attention-grabbing moves, Iceland built its strategy around performance on the pitch that took many by surprise and embedded it favourably in the consciousness of soccer fans across the globe.
Oil and gas money has bought Qatar entry into the boardrooms of major corporations, catapulted into being a major player in financial markets, and allowed it to employ sports, arts, air transport, high profile real estate acquisitions, state-owned broadcaster Al Jazeera, and a high-powered, fast-moving, mediation-driven foreign policy as building blocks of its soft power.
The strategy has enabled the tiny Gulf state to punch above its weight. It has also allowed Qatar to host multiple international sporting events and international conferences that have helped put it on the international map and develop niche tourism.
What all of this did not buy Qatar is popularity and respect beyond the corridors of power. A similar survey concluded that Qatar Airways had succeeded where the hosting of the World Cup had failed: Nonetheless, Qatar Airways' sponsorship of FC Barcelona, which figures prominently in the airlines' advertising, was extended in July despite an online petition last year that called on the club to ditch the Qataris as its shirt sponsor unless it "treats its workers fairly" attracted within days more than 50, signatures.
Beyond being a sponsor's worst nightmare, the petition constituted a first indication of a potential groundswell of fan opposition to Qatar's hosting of the World Cup. There is little evidence that Qatari reforms of its kafala or labour sponsorship system that have introduced change but not fully abolished it have substantially improved the Gulf state's image.
The FNV, the biggest union in the Netherlands with 1. In contrast to Qatar, Iceland's stunning performance in June's European championship and its steady progress in the World Cup qualifiers - it handed Turkey a defeat on Sunday - has positioned it as the underdog that everyone loves.
Not only has it made Iceland a darling of a global soccer-crazy public, it has boosted the country's bottom line. Icelanders from the country's president to its foremost writers and businessmen celebrate the impact soccer has had on their ability to do business.
It will be the same in other countries. Iceland has really made itself known through football and that will help the country in many ways," the country's president, Guoni Thorlacius Johannesson, told The Guardian.
The football team has really put Iceland into focus again," added Icelandic crime writer Ragnar Jonasson, whose books have been translated into 15 languages and have skyrocketed in France in recent months.
Ua Matthiasdottir, rights director at Forlagio, Iceland's largest publishing house, echoed Mr.
Jonasson's experience, saying soccer had made it easier for him to forge links to publishers in other countries. Exports of Icelandic products ranging from literature to yoghurt and frozen food have boomed in the wake of Iceland's soccer success as has tourism and finance.
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Jul 03, · Qatar Airways has had to absorb higher fuel costs and longer flight times as a result of the closure of Saudi, UAE and Bahrain airspace to flights in an out of Doha.
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Oct 10, · A similar survey concluded that Qatar Airways had succeeded where the hosting of the World Cup had failed: 96 percent of those polled rated the airline from positive to very positive.
As a follow-up to Tuesday’s post about the majority-minority public schools in Oslo, the following brief account reports the latest statistics on the cultural enrichment of schools in Austria. Vienna is the most fully enriched location, and seems to be in roughly the same situation as Oslo.
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