World Cup

Campaign to strip Qatar of 2022 World Cup

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 29, 2014

The Israeli government is embarking on a low-profile campaign against Qatar, which has emerged as the main backer of Hamas.

The campaign is neither full-scale or official due to the close ties between Washington and Qatar. One of the key elements of the diplomatic drive will be to raise questions over Qatar's suitability to host the 2022 World Cup.


Pekerman's star on the rise but rabbis bemoan small attendances

By Marcus Dysch, July 10, 2014

The stand-out Jewish success story was Colombia coach José Pekerman steering his flair-filled side to the quarter-finals and a best-ever finish.

Argentinian Pekerman, who managed his own national side in the 2006 tournament, has seen his star rise.

The grandson of Ukrainian Jews, Pekerman is now back home in Buenos Aires' Jewish neighbourhood of Villa Crespo plotting his next move.


Meet the USA team's biggest British fan

By Marcus Dysch, July 3, 2014

How does a Jewish journalist and filmmaker from Liverpool end up in Rio de Janeiro, helping Americans fall in love with the World Cup?

If it sounds like a schoolboy’s dream come true, it largely is, and Roger Bennett could not be happier.
The 43-year-old is enjoying his new-found fame, despite the United States national side crashing out of the tournament on Tuesday.


José Pekerman's World Cup Diary: Uruguay without Suarez will lack bite

June 30, 2014

Hola, mi compadres Ingles. Welcome to week three of my World Cup diary, and what a week it has been for Colombia.

On Friday, we became victorious over the Ivory Coast and so on to the final group partido against Japan. Of course, we were already qualificado for the next phase of the competition so the game not so important.


Fifa to take no action over anti-Semitic fans at World Cup

By Daniel Easterman, June 27, 2014

Fifa says it will not take disciplinary action against the Russian and Croatian football associations for the antisemitic behaviour of their fans at the World Cup.


Missing out on the World Cup

June 23, 2014

Spare a thought for Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson.


José Pekerman's World Cup Diary: 'We win, but I use teffilin for next game'

June 19, 2014

Hola, my friends in Great Britain. So, a magnificent weekend for my players, for Colombia and for my chances of making it home in one piece — 3-0 victory over Greece. ¡Olé!

In last week’s diary I said I walk to the stadium because it was Shabbat on day of el gran partido. It was joke of course, but I wish now I did.


Fifa to probe World Cup fans' antisemitism

By Daniel Easterman, June 19, 2014

Croatia and Russia could be deducted points in the World Cup, after Fifa confirmed it was opening an investigation into antisemitic actions by their supporters.

Football's world governing body said it will start disciplinary proceedings against over supporters displaying neo-Nazi banners during Croatia's and Russia's opening matches.


Before a ball has even been kicked, Brazil grows its own community

By Isabel de Bertodano, June 12, 2014

When the World Cup match between Argentina and Iran kicks off next Saturday, a group of Jewish fans will be prominent in the crowd, with a banner reading: “Tzedek, Tzedek, Tirdof” (“justice, justice, we shall pursue”).


José Pekerman's World Cup Diary: 'Futbal it will be challenges...but in Colombia we used to hot seats'

By Jose Pekerman, June 12, 2014

Hola, my good friends in Great Britain and welcome to my World Cup diary in which I will give you all the exclusivo news from the Colombia squad here in Brazil.