UAE wants another two Club World Cups (Getty)

FIFA Reveals Club World Cup Bidders


Bidding for hosting rights to FIFA’s 2013 and 2014 Club World Cups will be a four-way affair.
FIFA expects Iran, Morocco, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates to submit bid plans by the Sept. 30 deadline, according to an Associated Press report.
The FIFA Ex-co will choose the host for both editions in October.
The seven-team showcase pits the host country’s top club against the champions from all six continents.
Japan is slated to stage the 2011 and 2012 editions. UAE did the honours in 2009 and 2010.

Japan Withdraws from Copa America, Again

There will be no Samurai Blue at this summer’s Copa America after all.

Japan’s national team is nicknamed Samurai Blue. (JFA)

Japan Football Association president Junji Ogura informed Argentinean organizers Tuesday that his country will be unable to field a team for the July 1-24 tournament.

Because Japan was only a guest for what is essentially the South American championship, the JFA was unable to force clubs in Europe to release players for national duty.

J. League players, meanwhile, will be busy making up five rounds of matches suspended in the wake of the March 11 earthquake.

Japan’s commitment caps off a six-week period in which JFA officials first informed Argentinean organizers of their intent to withdraw, then announced they were reconsidering that decision, then confirmed Samurai Blue’s participation.

Later Tuesday, CONMEBOL
invited Costa Rica to play in Japan’s place. Mexico are the other guest team.

Jordaan Confirmed for African Summit
The man credited with helping to mastermind the successful staging of the South African World Cup will speak at this month’s African Football Executive Summit.

Organizers announced on Tuesday the addition of 2010 FIFA World Cup organizing committee CEO Danny Jordaan to their lineup of
speakers.
A native of South Africa, Jordaan has also worked for FIFA on the organization of the Youth World Cup, 2001 Confederations Cup and 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan.
The inaugural summit is expected to draw both football and business executives from across the African continent as well as the rest of the world to Accra, Ghana on May 26 and 27.
Among the themes listed on the agenda are “Ensuring Effective Leadership and Governance in African Football in the 21st Century”, “After the World Cup 2010 in South Africa – Next Steps for African Soccer?” and “The Player Transfer Conundrum – An African Perspective”.

By INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson

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