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 Team World Cup 2018 Prediction – Not Promising

Russian Team World Cup 2018 Prediction – Not Promising

 The Hosts Without a Team Russia has had a smooth sailing so far in the World-Cup 2018 with wins over Saudi Arabia (5-0) and Egypt (3-1). However, going forward it will be extremely hard for Russia to progress any further in the World Cup, and, if they are lucky, go past the second round. To […]

Pura Vida for the Orediggers

Pura Vida for the Orediggers

Editors Note:  This article was contributed as a human interest story to illustrate the importance of sports as an outreach and communications framework that should be protected from cyber attack. By R. Stein Colorado School of Mines On July 29, twenty-seven women soccer players from Colorado School of Mines, along with the coaching staff, left […]

FIFA Domain Squatting

Soccer (Football) Fans Being Targeted by Advanced Cyber Threat Actors

FIFA Domain Squatting

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport’s global governing body uses the official domain:  www.fifa.com.  Threat analysts have recently identified several domain squatting efforts using the following registered domains: fifa.com.co fifa-rules.25u.com fifaregionalprojects.org fifa2015fifa.publicvm.com The domain fifa-rules.25u.com has been previously identified as being associated with the Turla Advanced Persistent Threat  reported on by the researchers at […]

November 2015: Stade de France Terror Attack

November 2015: Stade de France Terror Attack

On the night of November 13, 2015, attackers targeted five sites in Paris and the Stade de France.[1] Across all of the locations, 130 people were killed and hundreds were injured.[2] In the attack on the stadium alone, three people were killed. According to a police union official, there were two suicide attacks and one […]