July 19 – The coach and captain of Japan’s victorious Women’s World Cup team eye gold at the London 2012 Olympics…Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Asia’s FIFA vice-president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein pile praise on team… Germany 2011 final was the most watched football match in US cable history. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson 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.
22/7/2010 FIFA inspectors praise Japan’s 2022 World Cup bid as a “very balanced project” at the end of its three-day visit… Korean bid tells INSIDER how it plans to impress FIFA delegation, which has now arrived in Seoul for the second leg of its marathon tour of nine bidders.