28/1/11 Hassan al-Thawadi, CEO of Qatar’s successful World Cup bid tells INSIDER that preparations are already under way for the 2022 tournament and that there is “no room for complacency” despite the unprecedented run up to the tournament. PLUS week in review. With INSIDER’s James Corbett.
9/9/10 Australian World Cup bid chairman Frank Lowy hits back at what he terms “malicious” accusations from former A-League CEO Archie Fraser that the Australian Football Federation (FFA) has neglected the country’s domestic league in favour of its World Cup bid… Fraser’s comments reflect wider unhappiness in the domestic game, but are such criticisms justified? INSIDER’s James Corbett reports.
15/7/10 Barcelona have eased their cashflow problems after securing a 155million euro loan… Everton manager David Moyes says that Australia should host the 2022 World Cup… Milovan Rajevac, coach of World Cup quarter finalists Ghana, wants to stay with the Black Stars… American Tom Glick appointed to the Football League board.
1/7/10 Australia’s World Cup bid team have written to FIFA to warn them of “unsubstantiated and damaging” stories about the conduct of their bid… Bid spokesman dismisses award-winning journalist’s expose as “innuendo” and tells INSIDER that the Australian government will clear the bid of wrongdoing. INSIDER’s James Corbett reports.
30/6/10 FIFA confirms it is investigating allegations that Australian World Cup bid officials handed out jewellery and offered to cover travel costs in order to win votes ahead of December’s vote on the destination of the 2022 finals… FIFA vice-president Jack Warner named in latest allegations… Australian minister vows to investigate improper accounting.
18/12/09 Australia World Cup bid CEO Ben Buckley tells World Football Insider he doesn’t see rivalry from other football codes undermining Australia’s bid; says Socceroos are now Australia’s preeminent national sporting team. WFI’s James Corbett reports.