Sept. 8 – UEFA to impose strict penalties on clubs who flout its Financial Fair Play regulations… Football Federation Australia’s final financial report on its failed 2022 World Cup bid reveals it spent virtually all $48.2m government grant – gaining just one FIFA vote… Blatter calls for Slovakia to build new national stadium… Jordan FA offers bonuses for 2014 World Cup qualifying wins. INSIDER’s Christian Radnedge reports.
April 5 – Australia’s football federation drops libel proceedings against publishers of a series of exposes on the conduct of its failed World Cup bid, as it stands accused of using the action “purely” to stop further bad headlines in the run-up to last December’s bid D-day. INSIDER’s James Corbett reports.
27/1/2011 Australian government sources indicate to INSIDER that they expect the country’s failed bid to host the 2022 World Cup to be scrutinised in next month’s Senate Estimates hearings, although opposition parties may still push for a full inquiry. INSIDER’s James Corbett reports.
22/7/2010 Football Federation Australia chief Frank Lowy speaks of his confidence in his country’s 2022 World Cup bid ahead of an inspection visit by a FIFA delegation beginning on Monday… FFA’s bid for the 2015 Asian Cup boosts 2022 chances.
15/6/2010 Injured David Beckham is still highest-paid player in Major League Soccer… New Barcelona president’s plans include signing Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas and revamping Nou Camp… Former Australia cricket captain backs 2022 World Cup bid… Blackpool get ready for English Premier League
18/3/2010 Days after the dispute between Australia’s rival football codes was seemingly resolved, Australian Rules boss Andrew Demetriou has spoken of the need to “confront” changes to the country’s sporting landscape… Mohammed Bin Hammam fondly recalls 2002 World Cup while on a visit to joint Belgium-Holland bid leaders.
8/1/2010 Bid CEO Ben Buckley tells World Football Insider the results of a major survey of Australian sports fans is further evidence of the country’s growing passion for football.
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.