France vs Croatia – 1998 WC revisited

France vs Croatia – 1998 WC revisited

History was made in football when underdogs Croatia beat a comparatively more favoured and better ranked England side in the undergoing FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. After Uruguay in 1950, Croatia has become the smallest country to enter a World Cup final with a population of roughly 4.1 million. Being the only team in […]

Putin’s World Cup: Its role in the long game

The World Cup does not exist in a vacuum and it is but a piece on Putin’s board.

Putin’s World Cup: Its role in the long game

Putin plays chess. His years in the KGB taught him patience and planning.  He plays the long game, he positions his pieces and waits for the perfect moment to strike. The World Cup has proven to be an outstanding publicity coup for Putin.  It was foreshadowed with fear for attendee’s safety.  British media and UK officials […]

A Strategic and Critical Thinking Lens of World Cup Russia 2018

A Strategic and Critical Thinking Lens of World Cup Russia 2018

Like the Sochi Winter Games, the immediate aftermath of the 2018 World Cup is likely to be favorable toward Russia.  But, like the doping controversy that resulted in the barring of Russian athletes from several major sports competitions after Sochi, time will tell whether Russia’s hosting of soccer’s global extravaganza will be deemed a success. […]

Putin’s World Cup Miscalculation

Putin’s World Cup Miscalculation

Media pundits and geopolitical scholars have compared Putin’s World Cup to Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics, asserting that the global spectacle of the World Cup is primarily a propaganda effort by Putin’s Russia.  Indeed, the Sochi Olympic Games were just held in 2014, and Putin sought to grandstand his nation through a deceitful athlete doping and […]

Why Soccer is Still Not a Prime Time Sport in the U.S.

It is quite possible that soccer will eventually make it to the U.S. mainstream.

Why Soccer is Still Not a Prime Time Sport in the U.S.

Soccer has an estimated 4 billion fans around the world, while American football doesn’t even crack the top 10 most popular sports worldwide. There are 234 international soccer teams (207 are recognized by FIFA), while there are only approximately 60 professional teams worldwide that play American football. The numbers are clear: soccer is the most […]

Russian Intelligence Services & the World Cup

Russian Intelligence Services & the World Cup

As Russia prepares for the World Cup, attendees should prepare as well.  Attendees should pay particular attention to personal security, both physical and cyber.  Concerns about physical security and possible violence against attendees are the topic of discussion among many, especially in Britain.  However, protection of fans, athletes and reporters in cyberspace is just as […]

English Fan’s Safety at World Cup Remains a Concern

Concerns remain over the safety of fans attending the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, especially England’s fans.  Tuesday senior police officer for soccer, Mark Roberts, spoke before a parliament’s foreign affairs committee assuring lawmakers Russia was prepared to handle security for the multi-day, multi-venue event.  As Russia provides assurances it is prepared to ensure […]

c-Watch Program for 2018 Open for Enrollment

c-Watch Program for 2018 Open for Enrollment

Our 2018 c-Watch Training program is set to begin April 30th.  As in our past course offerings, our students can attend from any location and log-in at a time that is convenient.  Our offering of 10-weeks with a follow-on Pop-Up Security Operations Center (SOC) exercise allows students the opportunity to get access to practicing professionals […]

Geopolitical Matters Affecting Major Sporting Events

The geopolitics of sports - reaching new levels of manipulation

Geopolitical Matters Affecting Major Sporting Events

Geopolitical uncertainties in regional relations threaten the long-term planning efforts of major sporting events. 2018 Winter Olympics There are currently growing concerns about the heated rhetoric between the U.S. and North Korea about the impact on the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  As of Nov. 16, organizers say they’ve hit just 41% of their sales […]

Continued Corruption in Soccer

Continued Corruption in Soccer

Last year, the US Department of Justice indicted several of Fifa’s top executives for corruption allegations.[1] The organization was being investigated for wire fraud and money laundering over the past 24 years.[2] In an article written for The Guardian, registered FA intermediary Jonathan Booker, argued that the corruption has not stopped.[3] Booker states that corruption […]