Sporting Experts Discuss Influence of Football in Politics and Society at Qatar National Library
A panel discussion between sporting greats at Qatar National Library addressed a subject close to the hearts of many. “Football: Beyond Sports” on 10 February highlighted the increasingly visible power of the politics of football.
A talk by Matthias Krug, author of Journey on a Football Carpet, traced the history of football in Qatar and the process of bidding for the FIFA World Cup 2022. He highlighted how football wields considerable political influence today.
His talk was followed by a lively panel discussion featuring Bora Milutinovic, the only man to have coached five nations at the FIFA World Cup, which explored the role of football in politics and society.
Rafael Garcia was among the participants at the event and said: “Coming from Spain, a football-crazy nation, we don’t really see these kinds of events happening in public spaces. Bringing in football to a public space like a library makes it very accessible to everybody. With the World Cup coming to Qatar in two years, such discussions give a chance to people to see football from another point of view.”
Qatar National Library
Qatar National Library acts as a steward of Qatar’s national heritage by collecting, preserving and making available the country’s recorded history. In its role as a research library with a preeminent heritage library, the Library fosters and promotes greater global insight into the history and culture of the Gulf region. As a public library, we provide equal access for all of Qatar's residents to an environment that supports creativity, independent decision-making, and cultural development. Through all our functions, we provide leadership to the country’s library and cultural heritage sector.