'A World Cup Like No Other' Football Lecture Series Begins

(MENAFN- Gulf Times)

A football lecture series, 'A World Cup like no other', organised by the German embassy and the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region in co-operation with 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum and the Years of Culture initiative, opened recently with a talk on penalty shots by Prof Dr Daniel Memmert of the German Sport University Cologne.
On the occasion of the first FIFA World Cup in the Arab world, the German embassy in Doha and the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region are co-operating with 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum to organise a series of talks and panel discussions until November 1.

Calendar of Events

All lectures and panel discussions that are not held virtually will take place at 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum. They will be in English with simultaneous translation into Arabic.
* Sunday, October 9 at 6.30pm : 'A World Cup like no Other' - lecture on Qatar and the FIFA World Cup by Dr Danyel Reiche (Georgetown University) 
* Tuesday, October 11 at 6.30pm : Panel discussion on 'Women & Football', moderated by Dr Danyel Reiche; with Monika Staab (former coach of the Qatari women's national football team and current coach of the Saudi women's national football team) and Farkhunda Muhtaj (captain of the Afghan women's national football team).
* Tuesday, October 18 at 6.30pm: 'From Paper to the Pitch' - a virtual lecture on the design of football jerseys by Jürgen Rank (Adidas).
* Tuesday, October 25 at 6.30pm: Panel discussion on 'Football meets Art', moderated by Fareed Majari (director of the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region in Abu Dhabi), with Moritz Rinke (German playwright and novelist as well as captain of Germany's authors' football team), Tomislav Topic (German installation artist) and Ibrahim Khalfan (Qatari artist and former football player for the Qatari national team).
* Tuesday, November 1 at 6.30pm: 'Referees - A Love-Hate Relationship'; a virtual lecture by Prof Dr Daniel Memmert (University of Cologne).

Talking about the cooperation, German ambassador Dr Claudius Fischbach said:“Having hosted a FIFA World Cup in our own country twice, in 1974 and in 2006, we understand how special this moment is for the Qatari nation, even more so as it is the first FIFA World Cup in the Arab world. We are pleased to present this lecture series, thereby adding to the manifold programmes that Qatar is planning in this context.”
Aisha Ghanem al-Attiya, director of the Cultural Diplomacy Department at Qatar Museums, said:“It is quite fulfilling to witness how the passions people share bring them together to create a product like the insightful lecture series. Even more so, the lasting connections made through the past Qatar-Germany 2017 Year of Culture, and the legacy of the Years of Culture initiative, growing into new projects. This is a moment of final reflection before the World Cup, and we are happy to share it with the friends we made through the Years of Culture initiative.”
Fareed Majari, director of the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region, said about the programme:“Our programming of the lectures and panel discussion was done in close co-operation with our colleagues at 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum. We wanted to ensure that the suggested topics relate to the programming of the museum while also covering a wide range of topics and shedding light on football through different lenses.”
Prof Dr Daniel Memmert, managing director of the Institute of Exercise Training and Sport Informatics at the German Sport University Cologne and one of Germany's leading academics researching the game, opened the series with a lecture on penalty shots. He will give another lecture that focuses on the role of referees (November 1). His lectures are aimed at both an expert audience as well as the average football fan.
Dr Danyel Reiche, visiting associate professor of Georgetown University in Qatar, will give an analysis of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar (October 9). Jürgen Rank, senior design director, Football Apparel, Adidas, has invited the audience to view football through a creative lens. He will give an online lecture on football apparel
and explain the design process of a football jersey (October 18).
Two panel discussions will invite visitors to learn more about the social aspects of the sport. 'Women & Football' will be the topic of the panel on October 11, while the panel on October 25 will explore the subject of 'Football meets Art'.
The panelists are former Qatari national player Ibrahim Khalfan, former national coach of the Qatari women's national football team Monika Staab, captain of the Afghan women's national football team Farkhunda Muhtaj, German playwright and captain of the authors' football team, Moritz Rinke, and installation artist Tomislav Topic.


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