Thirteen years ago, Istanbul’s immense Ataturk Stadium was the stage for one of the most dramatic nights in European football. After going 3-0 down to star-studded AC Milan (boasting the likes of Kaka, Clarence Seedorf, Hernan Crespo and Paolo Maldini) in the first half of the 2005 Champions League...
“People need to unite around the biggest challenge we’re all going to face. They need to realise that local conflicts are not that important. That not one country can do it by itself. We need everybody to be on the same page. Without being united we cannot fix the...
WHENEVER A COUNTRY OR CITY BIDS TO HOST A MAJOR SPORTING EVENT, the decision is usually justified by citing the economic prosperity, profile boost and opportunity to create social change that such an event will bring. But the fact remains that there will almost certainly be a negative impact...
Forget entertaining the crowd and making sure participants are looked after, sporting events need to focus all of their efforts on three major factors: Reputation. Brand. And societal expectations. That might be a slight exaggeration. Sport will, first and foremost, always prioritise the entertainment of the spectators and wellbeing of those...
Science and sport are intrinsically linked: whether you’re talking about the extensive sport science teams that are enlisted by professional clubs to ensure that athlete performance reaches a peak, or the physics behind a perfect golf swing. But it may have raised one or two eyebrows when the New York...
Bounding into a meeting room with a smile at FIFA’s Zurich headquarters, Federico Addiechi, the governing body’s head of sustainability and diversity, greets SSJ with some good news. Hakeem al-Araibi, the dissident footballer from Bahrain, has finally been released from the Thai prison that had been his home since...
IT WAS A SWELTERING EVENING in east London when the Netherlands beat underdog Ireland in the final of the 2018 Women’s Hockey World Cup. With the temperature peaking at around 27°C, the athletes could count themselves unlucky for having to contest what was probably the biggest match of their...
The sustainable sports movement is undoubtedly growing – no more so than in the US where several instances of leadership can be found. It was the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles that became the first professional sports team to achieve the ISO 20121 sustainable event management certification. In 2014, the NHL...
When NFL franchise Atlanta Falcons built the first-ever LEED Platinum sports stadium in the US, owner Arthur Blank said the decision was the right thing to do for the city and the environment. Additionally, he wanted to demonstrate that building responsibly was “possible for a venue of any type,...
Golf is facing significant challenges that threaten the very future of the sport. It’s battling to capture the imagination of the younger generation amid countless other distractions to build its future fan base (and player pool). But the more tangible threat is the effect climate change is having. A report...