A year after the 2022 Beijing Olympics, China will turn from winter sport to soccer as the country hosts the 2023 Asian Cup finals. The Asian Football Confederation announced China as the winning bid at its congress in Paris on Tuesday. No actual vote was necessary after South Korea announced last month that it was
May 1 – It remains to be seen how the Asian Football Confederation Congress affects the FIFA presidential election later this month. But one thing is for sure, three of the four candidates will be relieved it is over if perhaps not so satisfied with how it went. John Duerden reports from Bahrain
(WFI) Asian football’s powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad is elected to FIFA’s ruling body at the AFC Congress – a role that enhances his status as one of the most influential figures in world sport. John Duerden reports from Bahrain.
14/1/2011 Ousted FIFA vice-president Chung Mong-joon suggests that he will walk away from football politics in order to focus on his domestic political career. INSIDER’s James Corbett reports.
7/1/2011 FIFA president Sepp Blatter used his address to the AFC Congress to fend off criticism of football’s world governing body, saying it is the focus of jealousy and envy… Bin Hammam enters final straight, while other new AFC members take their seats. INSIDER’s James Corbett reports from Doha.
6/1/2011 Asia’s Olympics leader Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah says today’s victory for Jordan’s Prince Ali in the FIFA vice presidential elections at the AFC Congress guarantees Sepp Blatter a huge chunk of support when he stands for re-election as FIFA president in the summer. INSIDER’s James Corbett reports from Doha.
6/1/2011 Jordan’s Prince Ali ends Chung Mong-joon’s 16-year tenure as a FIFA vice president when he defeated the South Korean 25-20 in elections at the AFC Congress in Qatar. The shock result and election of two other Ex-co members means Korea and Japan are no longer represented on FIFA’s ruling executive. INSIDER’s James Corbett reports from Doha.
4/1/2011 The AFC Congress and Asian Cup in Qatar kick off another busy year for the global football business, a year when FIFA president Sepp Blatter is expected to be re-elected and an important one for women’s football with the Germany Women’s World Cup. INSIDER editor Mark Bisson looks ahead.