Nov. 27 – Junji Ogura, the former head of the Japanese FA and its 2022 World Cup bid, is awarded AFC’s Diamond of Asia.
July 26 – INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson rounds up the latest global football business news – Japan’s Junji Ogura wants the Asian Football Confederation to officially oust Mohamed Bin Hammam… Arsenal boss backs goal-line technology… Change ahead for Argentinean football… Big spending for Russia 2018 World Cup.
July 18 – Asian Football Confederation acting president Zhang Jilong hails Japan’s World Cup win, saying it will benefit women’s football on the continent… Dominant USA rue missed chances, but fledgling American women’s league hopes to capitalise… Blatter looks ahead to Canada 2015. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
June 17 – A match between Egypt and Sudan is latest London Olympics football qualifier to be moved due to unrest in the Middle East… FIFA donates $6 million to the Japanese FA to help repair quake-hit footballing infrastructure. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.
May 24 – FIFA legal delegation completes first visit to 2018 World Cup host country… Tokyo retains hosting rights of December’s Club World Cup, with FIFA committing funds to rebuilding effort after earthquake and tsunami. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.
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.
April 8 – Japanese football chiefs are reconsidering their earlier decision to pull out of the Copa America… Syria suspends its domestic league in response to growing political unrest… Egyptian football resumes next week… Six-team US Women’s Professional Soccer league kicks off its third season this weekend.
April 4 – INSIDER rounds up the ten things you need to know about the global football business today. Including – Bin Hammam urges Blatter to “respect FIFA’s statutes and protect FIFA’s integrity”… Qatari to meet with outgoing FIFA vice-president Chung Mong-joon… Premier League chiefs face football governance inquiry… Record applications for Euro 2012 tickets. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
March 18 – Japan’s national team will face top J.League players later this month in a charity match to benefit the areas hardest hit by last Friday’s quake. More from INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson in this report.
7/12/10 British media revelations over bribery at FIFA’s top table damaged England 2018’s chances of securing the World Cup, the head of Japan’s failed 2022 bid revealed today… Lord Triesman, the former chairman of the England bid, calls for inquiry into FIFA’s decision to award the 2018 tournament to Russia. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports