Category: Central Asia

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Football Slave or Naïve-but-Willing Migrant? – Selling Dreams along the Silk Road

Football Slave or Naïve-but-Willing Migrant? – Selling Dreams along the Silk Road

By David McArdle - After a hurried team talk, rendered by the young coach in a style of Russian more akin to prison slang, Olawale Sunday joins me f ...
Stuart Duff – the Last King of Kazakhstan

Stuart Duff – the Last King of Kazakhstan

By David McArdle - In February 2012, the Scottish Daily Express announced Stuart Duff as the first Scot “to try Kazakhstan”, a headline which encapsu ...
Kyrgyzstan – the Forgotten Football Federation

Kyrgyzstan – the Forgotten Football Federation

By David McArdle - On Tuesday 15th October, whilst Bosnia and Herzegovina finally unified a nation (albeit briefly) by qualifying for the World Cup, ...
Shakhter Karagandy – A Steppe Away from Champions League Glory

Shakhter Karagandy – A Steppe Away from Champions League Glory

By David McArdle - On Tuesday 20 August, Shakhter Karagandy welcome Celtic to Kazakhstan’s Dubai-inspired nouveau capital Astana for the honour of co ...
David Tette and the Asian Challenge Cup

David Tette and the Asian Challenge Cup

By Chris Rickleton - Futbolgrad readers that have been glued to coverage of the Asian Challenge Cup - one part of which has been taking place in the ...
Uzbekistan – The World Cup’s First ‘Stan?

Uzbekistan – The World Cup’s First ‘Stan?

By David McArdle - With three games remaining, in a group that would make many American political scientists more than a little nervous, Uzbekistan h ...
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