From its numerous controversies to its diplomatic match-ups, the World Cup in Qatar has been a gold mine for anyone interested in the intersection between sports and diplomacy. As the tournament heads into the quarter-finals, we speak to Simon Rofe from the Institute of Sports Humanities about the fierce criticism of the host country, the historic concept of the Olympic Truce and the key diplomatic moments of the tournament so far.
Rofe notes the significance that the Moroccan team's success has had for the entire region - particularly at the first World Cup hosted by a fellow Muslim country. Meanwhile, he says the coming France-England clash could shake up the historic Entente cordiale.
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