June 2 – Zhang Jilong says “revolution” is in order for Asian football… British MP Damian Collins believes newly re-elected FIFA president may not last long… Australia votes for Sepp Blatter despite 2022 World Cup snub… Russian businessman buys English club Portsmouth. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.
26/10/2010 Spain’s World Cup-winning squad are well represented on the shortlist for the inaugural FIFA Ballon d’Or award… Portsmouth FC owner Balram Chainrai is not making any “rash promises” after club exits administration… AFC award for Malaysian Prime Minister.
5/8/2010 Portsmouth FC breathe a sigh of relief after they survive a High Court challenge from the taxman that could have ended with their extinction. Instead, the English Championship club start the new season on Saturday with a game against Coventry.
The full scale of Portsmouth’s debt crisis has been revealed by the club’s joint administrator, Andrew Andronikou, who reports that the club’s debts stand at £105 million – nearly £50 million more than previously estimated… EPL ceo Richard Scudamore describes suggestions that the league should bail out the club as a “crazy idea”.
1/4/2010 Sepp Blatter slams Premier League clubs for racking up huge debt and paying too much to star players… FIFA chief reignites debate about the introduction of goal line technology.
18/2/2010 Pep Guardiola believes the Middle East can host a spectacular World Cup… Dutchman Guus Hiddink will not take a team to this summer’s World Cup after inking a two-year contract with the Turkish Football Federation… Russia confirm Soccerex sponsorship.
28/1/2010 Castrol sponsors UEFA Euro 2012 tournament… Germany’s professional clubs generate record revenues but debts soar… Fiorentina’s Adrian Mutu, sacked by Chelsea for cocaine use, now tests positive for a banned stimulant.
30/12/09 Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea have wiped out virtually all of their outstanding $546 million debt, helping the club comply with future UEFA regulations on financial fair play… Debt-ridden Portsmouth “shocked” over winding up petition.
Football Association technical teams continued their first round of inspections of prospective host cities in England for the 2018 World Cup Finals.