How Yemeni sports federations are the ball of the war

After three years of war in Yemen, there is a lack of everything. Everyone suffers from the fight, including sports federations. For the organizations, it is virtually impossible to function due to constant threat of violence and money boxes that are empty to the bottom. Money boxes that can be filled by choosing a side in the conflict, but that choice can become a bond expensive.

At the end of 2014, the houthi movement took the lead over the national football association. They used the fields and buildings as a military base and supported the national football team. Six months later, hostile forces, supported by Saudi Arabia, attacked the football association with air strikes. From the complex little remained.


In the case of the football association there was no choice, but for other Yemeni sports federations it is a big dilemma: do they opt for financial support, with which they support a political agenda? Or do they opt for independence, with a lack of money and a lack of wings?

The Yemeni cycling federation opted for the latter. Before the civil war, the union was still supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sport, but since 2015 the cash flow has been drained. Consequence: a paralyzed sports association and a national sport that is no longer practiced by many talents. “Since the beginning of the war, the cycling federation has been unable to organize a race,” said Maad Al-Mogahed, former secretary of the national cycling federation.

Modric also wins the Golden Ball

Luka Modric has won the Golden Ball, the prize that goes with the best footballer in the world. The election of the magazine France Football was won five times in the past ten years by Lionel Messi and also five times by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Modric shone, unlike Messi and Ronaldo, at the world championship in Russia on behalf of Croatia. The Croats lost the final of France. Cristiano Ronaldo finished second in the election, Antoine Griezmann third. Lionel Messi stayed behind in the fifth place behind Kylian Mbappé.

The Golden Ball has been awarded since 1956 and the choice is made by international journalists. The world football association FIFA has since 2015 its own election to designate the best footballer in the world, which was won earlier this year by the 33-year-old midfielder of Real Madrid. With that team he also won the Champions League in 2018.

Mbappé wins talent prize

Mbappé (19) won the first Kopa Trophy, the Golden Ball for talents. In addition to the Golden Ball, a prize for talents was also awarded for the first time this year, Ritsu Doan (FC Groningen) and Justin Kluivert (AS Roma) were also nominated.

Also the women's football experienced the scoop of the Golden Ball. The first winner was the Norwegian Ada Hegerberg, player of Olympique Lyon. Lieke Martens got stuck at the eleventh place.