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. 

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 of 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).