Research Initiatives

Research Initiatives

4. Podcasts

David Harding photo 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.



Ahmed AbbassiEpisode 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.



monicaEpisode 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.


danyelEpisode 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, 2019).