LISTEN: From Qatar to Tel Aviv, Is Soccer Selling Its Soul?

Why is Israel hosting a soccer match between Argentina and Uruguay? We discuss the politics behind the sport and the dilemma facing progressive fans. LISTEN FREE

A woman carrying a Palestinian during a protest demanding the cancellation of an exhibition match between Argentina and Uruguay planned to take place in Tel Aviv on November 18.
Juan Mabromata / AFP

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Host Simon Spungin is joined by Anshel Pfeffer and Uzi Dann, ahead of the exhibition soccer match between Argentina and Uruguay in Tel Aviv this week. We ask: Why is Israel hosting a game between two foreign countries? Why were there protests in Buenos Aires and Barcelona against the game? And is soccer the new arena for countries seeking to exercise soft power, gain influence and ‘sportswash’ their crimes?

We also discuss the 2022 World Cup, which is due to be held in Qatar – and whether sports-loving progressives face a dilemma when countries with questionable human rights records host major tournaments.