May 28 – FIFA president Sepp Blatter visits Jordan, Palestine, and Israel and announces he won’t suspend Israeli FA despite Palestinian protests.
March 14 – Qatar 2022 World Cup leader Hassan Al Thawadi is the keynote speaker at the International Sport Security Conference kicking off in Doha today. INSIDER’s Christian Radnedge reports from Doha.
July 15 – A good little’un should never beat a good big’un. That’s been pretty much the theme ever since Qatar upset the odds by winning the 2022 World Cup hosting rights. INSIDER columnist Terry Baddoo gives his view on the Gulf state’s troubled year.
June 28 – Asian football giants Korea and Japan set new domestic TV audience records for this year’s AFC Asian Cup in Qatar. Despite China’s early exit, its viewership was 32 percent of the total audience for the event. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
March 8 – Barclays and the Premier League are taking the Premiership trophy on a global tour starting next week under efforts to grow the fanbase for the biggest continuous annual global sporting event in the world. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
6/1/2011 Asia’s Olympics leader Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah says today’s victory for Jordan’s Prince Ali in the FIFA vice presidential elections at the AFC Congress guarantees Sepp Blatter a huge chunk of support when he stands for re-election as FIFA president in the summer. INSIDER’s James Corbett reports from Doha.
23/12/10 FIFA president Sepp Blatter again defends the selection of Russia and Qatar for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and takes a swipe at critics who continue to question the Dec. 2 decision. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
14/12/10 FIFA president Sepp Blatter causes outrage after suggesting gay fans visiting Qatar for the 2022 World Cup should respect the Gulf nation’s laws and “refrain from any sexual activities”… Franz Beckenbauer criticises FIFA for its handling of the Dec. 2 vote… Kathy Carter appointed president of Soccer United Marketing… More inside. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
9/12/10 Asian Football Confederation general secretary Peter Velappan backs Franz Beckenbauer’s calls for FIFA to move the Qatar 2022 tournament to January or February, warning that the Gulf state’s fierce desert heat will be a danger to players. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
24/11/10 Qatar 2022 World Cup bid CEO Hassan al-Thawadi says that hosting a World Cup in the Middle East would unlock football’s commercial potential in the region… British bookmakers make Qatar odds-on favourite for the 2022 finals.