June 3 – Frank Lowy admits Australia’s naivety in 2022 World Cup bidding race, says “we ran a clean bid”, tries to explain $500,000 payment to CONCACAF which ended up in Jack Warner’s account and, in a major understatement, claims consultants were “less than effective”.
August 27 – Socceroos captain Lucas Neill becomes chief ambassador for the 2015 Asian Cup, as organisers mark the 500-day countdown to the biggest football tournament to be held in Australia.
March 27 – Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle were today named host venues for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Nov. 28 – Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy says “the last word hasn’t been heard” on bidding for the 2022 World Cup already awarded to Qatar… 2012 Olympic football qualifiers continue in Africa, Asia, Americas.
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.
May 9 – INSIDER editor Mark Bisson rounds up the ten things you need to know about the global football business today.
April 26 – As J.League resumes, Japanese Football Association president Junji Ogura says his country’s clubs are working “tremendously hard” to recover from the devastating earthquake… Australian government announces wide-ranging review of football five months after failed 2022 World Cup bid… El Jimador tequila sponsors Major League Soccer.
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.
5/1/2011 On the eve of his re-election as Asian Football Confederation president, Mohamed Bin Hammam slams Sepp Blatter’s running of FIFA and hints that he may yet stand against the Swiss for the presidency in the summer.
7/12/10 Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy lashes out at the FIFA Ex-co members he claimed “outright lied to us” following the country’s 2022 World Cup bid failure. Today, he also defended controversial bid consultants Peter Hargitay and Fedor Radmann and handed a new contract to under-fire FFA chief executive Ben Buckley. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.