4. Podcasts

Listen to podcasts with experts who provide insights into various aspects of staging the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Moderated by Professor Danyel Reiche, these informal conversations touch upon different impacts of the World Cup on the social, cultural, and political fabric of the Qatari society. 

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Episode 8: Experiences of Qatari Women Football Players

Haya Abdulrahman, Haya AlKaabi, Maryam Al-Saiqal and Dana Darwish, February 7, 2021

This podcast is dedicated to the experiences of Qatari women footballers who love playing the game and work hard to establish it in the country. Professor Danyel Reiche interviews four young women, all of them current or former students at Georgetown University in Qatar.

Haya Abdulrahman is a Senior at GU-Q majoring in Culture and Politics. She has been a member of the GU-Q women’s football team since her freshman year. She has won numerous individual awards such as best player of the tournament and highest goalscorer. As a senior, she is the current captain of the women’s football team.

Haya AlKaabi is a GU-Q student majoring in International Politics and minoring in International Economics and International History. Haya started playing football at the age of 5. She had a passion for football and sports in general so she began competing in school tournaments and later decided to take football as a serious career opportunity. Haya joined Al-Sadd Football club at the age of 14 and is currently under the same club.

Maryam Al-Saiqal is a GU-Q alumni and former captain of the GU-Q women’s football team. She is currently a life coaching student and a small business owner.

Dana Darwish is a senior student studying at GU-Q, majoring in Culture and Politics. She is the president of Al-Liwan club at GU-Q (a club which celebrates Qatari heritage) and is also part of the women’s football team, as well as the Arabic debate team. As she continues her studies at GU-Q, Dana aims to analyze and dissect local culture through different theoretical lens such as gender and human rights.

Episode 7: Migrant Labor and the Qatar 2022 World Cup

Anne and Adam Sobel, January 20, 2021

In this podcast Anne and Adam Sobel talk about their documentary film titled The Workers Cup, as well as their experiences working in Qatar.

Anne Sobel is a writer and producer who delights in telling stories about women where they don’t belong. Her graphic novel series, Isra’ & the Black Moon Pearl, is a superhero saga steeped in the untold history of women in the Arabian Gulf. Anne is the Producer of Represent, a feature-length documentary about three first-time female political candidates taking on entrenched political systems in the American midwest. Co-produced by Kartemquin Films, Represent has been acquired by Independent Lens on PBS for an October 2020 premiere. Anne is the Associate Producer of The Workers Cup, an Emmy-nominated feature-length documentary that premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Anne is also an educator who was a film professor at Northwestern University in Qatar from 2010-2016.

Adam Sobel is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and writer who has worked extensively in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, as well as in Chicago, which now serves as his home base. Adam is the director of The Workers Cup, Mediadante’s feature-length documentary about a football tournament for migrant workers building the 2022 World Cup infrastructure in Qatar. The film premiered on Opening Night of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, has been distributed on TV and theatrically in more than 40 countries, and has been nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy Award as well as a Critics Choice award. Recently, Adam has directed and produced documentaries with the Chicago Cubs, including an interactive documentary about baseball’s most beloved losers, and multiple short-form series. His work with the Cubs has been nominated for the Clio and Webby awards. Adam lived in Qatar for 5 years, creating news, documentary, and fiction that appeared on PBS, BBC, ITN, CNN, The Guardian, and HBO. In 2014, he directed On the Top, a documentary series, which followed the first man from Qatar and the first woman from Saudi Arabia to climb Mt. Everest. The series won a CINE Golden Eagle for Outstanding International Documentary Series. Along with Anne Sobel, his wife, and writing partner, Adam has co-written Isra’ & the Black Moon Pearl, a graphic novel series about a 15-year old Khaleeji girl destined to save womankind from an evil fortune teller.

Episode 6: Football Fandom in Qatar

Ahmed Hashim, January 3, 2021

In this podcast Ahmed Hashim discusses football fan base and fandom in Qatar.

Ahmed Hashim is a football writer based in Doha. Originally from India but born and raised in Qatar, he started out writing on Arab and Asian football as a student. Since then, his words have appeared on the AFC’s official website and magazine. Currently, Ahmed develops content for clients in the Qatari football industry. He is also the co-founder and editor of QFootLive, a digital media initiative to cover and promote Qatari football in English.

Episode 5: World Cup Legacy Program: Generation Amazing

Nasser Al Khori, December 8, 2020 

In this podcast Nasser Al Khori talks about various programs, events, and activities organized by Generation Amazing, which is a legacy program under the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy. 

Nasser Al Khori is leading the local and international programs division of Generation Amazing. Al Khori comes with extensive experience of working in Qatar’s not-for-profit industry. He was previously leading the Doha Debates team and also served as the head of Qatar Foundation’s Partnership and Strategic Initiatives. He has also worked with Qatar Foundation International and the United Nations. At Generation Amazing, his role is to devise strategies and oversee the implementation of using football for development initiatives across the target countries. He is currently pursuing his Master in Business Administration from University College London and holds a Bachelor in Science Degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Episode 4: Media and the World Cup

David Harding, November 23, 2020 

In this podcast David Harding talks about coverage of the Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022, in the international and local media. 

David Harding is the International Editor for The Independent, based in London. Between 2015 and 2019, he was the AFP bureau chief in Doha. He has been a journalist for 20 years.

Episode 3: Domestic Football Development in Qatar

Ahmed Khellil Abbassi, November 8, 2020 

In this podcast Ahmed Khellil Abbassi addresses issues related to the development of men’s domestic football in Qatar. 

Ahmed Khellil Abbassi is the Executive Director of Competitions & Football Development with the Qatar Stars League (QSL). He has worked as the Sporting Director for Al Duhail SC (2011–14), the National Team Camps and Competitions Director for the QFA (2014–15), and the Director of National Teams for the QFA (2015–20), winning several awards and trophies, such as the AFC Asian Cup 2019 and the GCC Gulf Cup 2014.

Episode 2: Women’s Football

Monika Staab, October 2020 

In this podcast Monika Staab, a former German football player and manager, provides insight into women’s football and building the women’s national team in Qatar. 

Monika Staab is a former German football player and manager. She has the UEFA coaching Pro-licence. After playing for German clubs such as SG Rosenhöhe Offenbach, Offenbach Kickers and the SG Oberst Schiel, she played for clubs abroad such as Paris St. Germain and Queens Park Rangers. Later, as coach and manager of the 1. FFC Frankfurt, she won four German championship titles, five Cup victories and the first UEFA champions league title in 2002. Monika has coached the national team of Bahrain, Pakistan and Qatar. She has worked as consultant, coaching instructor and technical observer for FIFA, UEFA, the German Foreign Affairs Office, the German Football Association and the German Olympic Sport Committee as well as for various NGOs.

Episode 1: Introduction to the Research Project

Danyel Reiche, October 2020 

In this Podcast Dean Ahmad Dallal, Dean of Georgetown University in Qatar, talks to Professor Danyel Reiche about this new CIRS research initiative that provides a platform for academic engagement with the Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022.

Danyel Reiche is Visiting Associate Professor at Georgetown University-Qatar. He is coeditor of Sport, Politics, and Society in the Middle East (Hurst/Oxford University Press, 2019), and published Success and Failure of Countries at the Olympic Games (Routledge, 2016).