(WFI) INSIDER rounds up the ten things you need to know about the global football business today.
Platini set for re-election at UEFA Congress
Michel PLatini will be re-elected for another four-year term as UEFA president at the UEFA Congress in Paris on Tuesday. There are 13 candidates standing for the seven other seats on the executive committee of European football’s governing body. Germany’s Theo Zwanziger is hoping to replace Franz Beckenbauer who is stepping down from the ruling body after four years service. The format of the European qualifying competition for the Brazil 2014 World Cup was the top item on the agenda for the UEFA Executive Committee, which began a two-day meeting in Paris on Sunday. UEFA’s 53 member associations will be competing for 13 European slots at the 2014 tournament, the allocation of berths decided by the FIFA Executive Committee earlier this month. Platini and his colleagues will also approve the regulations for the 2011/12 Champions League and Europa League and appoint the hosts of the 2012 UEFA Congress. INSIDER will be on the scene reporting from Paris on Tuesday.
Bin Hammam slammed by former AFC colleague
Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed Bin Hammam has come under fire today from former AFC colleague and critic Peter Velappan over his decision, announced on Friday, to challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency. Malaysia’s Peter Velappan, the AFC’s general secretary from 1978 to 2007, blasted the Qatari in an effort to undermine his campaign to oust the Swiss. “FIFA will be doomed if Hammam became the president. It would be very detrimental,” Velappan told The Associated Press on Monday. Velappan criticised Bin Hammam’s running of the AFC since he got the top job in 2002, saying his promise to bring democracy, transparency and integrity to FIFA was a joke. “These are the very things he has not done in AFC,” he said. Velappan said he believed bin Hammam would try to “buy up” support to beat Blatter in the June 1 presidential vote.
Putin to oversee Russia 2018 World Cup preps
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will take a hands-on role in preparations for the Russia 2018 World Cup as chair of the supervisory board. Putin established the supervisory board of Russia 2018 organising committee on Friday. According to Reuters, it also includes First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, who was a key figure in the Russian bid team. Putin’s oversight of World Cup preparations is similar to the one he has for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
Women’s World Cup event in Japan postponed
FIFA and the Women’s World Cup Organising Committee in conjunction with the Japanese Football Association (JFA) agreed on Friday to postpone the World Cup Welcome Event in Tokyo planned for March 31. “Due to the current situation resulting from the dramatic recent events in Japan, we have decided, along with FIFA and the Japanese FA, to postpone our trip to Tokyo,” said LOC President Steffi Jones. “Our thoughts are with the victims and people of Japan, who are suffering the consequences of this terrible catastrophe. Last Friday marked 100 days to go until kick-off of the Women’s World Cup. The tournament will take place in nine stadiums over 22 days (June 26-July 17).
Prince Ali meets Philippines football leaders
Jordan’s newly elected FIFA Vice President, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, met with officials from the Philippines Football Federation in the Filipino capital on Sunday.
Discussions focused on football development in the Philippines and prospects of increased cooperation between the Jordan Football Association, the West Asian Football Federation and the Philippines Football Federation. “Football in the Philippines has tremendous potential and I am ready to work with you hand in hand to address the challenges you face, protect your interests and work on strengthening grassroots programs, youth and women football,” added Prince Ali.
200 up for Totti
Francesco Totti became only the sixth player to reach the 200 goals mark in Serie A when he scored two goals for Roma in their 2-2 draw at Fiorentina, the 37th time in his career at Roma that he has scored a brace.
PROSKE supports Coca-Cola at Euro 2012
PROSKE Sports has appointed Lindsay Gomer as director of sales and marketing following the company’s recent appointment by UEFA TOP sponsor Coca-Cola to support its international and local hospitality & ticketing management program at Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. Gomer joins PROSKE, one of the world’s leading international full-service hospitality agencies, from the NBA, where he was international business development director with responsibility for establishing the NBA’s London HQ and offices in Madrid, Milan and Istanbul. PROSKE Sports’ role for Coca-Cola at Euro 2012 will include the management of tickets and packages during the 31-match tournament including VIP and consumer programs and all hospitality activation for local markets in the host nations.
Soccerex partners with Eurosport, KantarSport
Eurosport, Europe’s leading sports entertainment group, was appointed as the Premium Media Partner for the Soccerex European Forum until 2014. As part of a three-year partnership, Eurosport will provide news coverage of the Soccerex European Forum in Manchester, March 30-31, across their channels as well as broadcasting a dedicated programme on the forum post-event. Eurosport is the number one pan-European TV channel, which broadcasts in 20 languages reaching 123 million homes and 240 million viewers across 59 countries. This year Eurosport’s TV football offer includes the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Soccerex organisers have also announced a new partnership with dedicated sports insight and research specialist, KantarSport. The company provides research into media trends and consumption, consumer awareness, engagement and behaviour to sporting federations, rights holders, clubs, teams, venues and sponsors around the world.
Chinese football looks to the future
The Chinese Football Association (CFA) and the China Football Industry Development Corporation (CFIDC) have signed a multi-year deal with World Sport Group (WSG) to promote and develop CFA Team China. The deal will starts in May. World Sport Group will help create a comprehensive match schedule for CFA Team China while assisting the CFA and CFIDC to enhance their commercial revenues and increase the profile of all aspects of the game administered by the country’s governing body. “We believe Chinese football has found itself at a reasonable level and the performances at the AFC Asian Cup in Qatar showed that there has been a strengthening of resolve. There is a belief in what can be achieved in the future,” said Wei Di, vice president and general secretary of the CFA.
Confederation of African Football president Issa Hayatou has been awarded the Wissam Al Alaoui, the rank of grand officer by Morocco at ceremony in Marrakech, in recognition of his contribution to the development of football on the continent. Hayatou said he was honored and overwhelmed to receive the honour from His majesty King Mohammed VI.
By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson
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