(WFI) Iraq regains international recognition after a decades-long FIFA ban.
Aug. 3 – Gianni Infantino is on his way to Rio to watch the first men’s Olympic matches and attend the lavish Games opening ceremony.
October 14, 2013 – The president of AFC is working toward lifting Iraq’s ban from hosting international friendlies and expanding the game in Asia… FIFA is discussing how the world will see the 2014 World Cup… The World Cup stadium in Fortaleza will need repairs.
June 27 – FIFPro chief Theo van Seggelen suggests state influence in Sergei Fursenko’s resignation… FIFA vice president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein “appalled” by attacks that killed nine young footballers in Iraq… Russia, Spain charged by UEFA over alleged racist chants. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports
Feb. 8 – South Sudan en route to becoming world football’s newest nation… Tottenham Hotspur boss and likely future England manager cleared of tax evasion… FIFA reverses qualifying result after Iraq fielded ineligible player… FIFA vice president Prince Ali takes cause to Philippines. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.
Oct. 3 – Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff is set to continue World Cup crisis talks with FIFA soon following Monday’s ice-breaker with Jerome Valcke… UEFA awards Champions League rights in Greece… Qatar to host Iraqi “home” qualifiers for London 2012 and Brazil 2014. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.
Sept. 23 – FIFA has banned Iraq from playing home qualifiers of the Brazil 2014 World Cup and London 2012 Olympics on Iraqi territory amid ongoing security concerns.
March 30 – Japan beat J. League TEAM AS ONE 2-1 in fundraiser for victims of the earthquake and tsunami… Indonesian sports minister withdraws all government support for PSSI until new management is brought in… Bitter rivals Iraq and Iran meet in AFC’s second round qualifiers for London Olympics.
14/7/2010 Sunday’s World Cup Final was the most widely viewed match in US TV history… As Manchester United arrive in Chicago for a three week US tour, supporters’ group calls for boycott of club merchandise… All Whites coach set for new term… New Iraq manager.
Iraq beat Palestine 4-0 last night in its first international match in Baghdad since the 2003 US-led invasion.