March 2 – Thailand’s largest brewer brings together Real Madrid and Barcelona in a $16.5 million marketing deal… Puma to supply kits and training apparel to Italy’s national soccer teams through 2018… Arsenal and Manchester City strike deal to contest preseason friendly in Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.

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.