Asian Football Business Review Archives for January 2006

Clash of tobacco sponsors upsets Indonesian club

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The 2006 Dji Sam Soe Indonesia Cup champion, Arema Malang FC of East Java, is angry about an Indonesian Professional League Board (BLI) ban on placing its sponsor's logo on its shirt in the 2007 season. "This situation is very difficult for us,"

Indonesian club to resist tobacco sponsorship ban

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The 2006 Dji Sam Soe Indonesia Cup champion, Arema Malang FC of East Java, has no plans to remove the X-Mild sponsor logo from its shirts in 2007 despite the Indonesian Professional League Board (BLI) threatening fines, manager Satriya Budi Wibawa said. A

Team placements drawn for the 2007 AFC Cup

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The draw for the fourth edition of the Asian Football Confederation's club tournament for developing football nations, the AFC Cup 2007, took place in Kuala Lumpur on 22 December 2006. AFCMedia reported. The group stage matches kick off on 6 March and cul

Man United's Gala Dinner for UN Children's Fund

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English Premier League club Manchester United's Old Trafford dinner for international charity partner UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, is an important annual. Funds raised from this tonight's United for UNICEF Gala Dinner will support UNICEF's

Dates and teams for Indonesia's 2007/08 League

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Placement of 34 clubs in the two conferences of Indonesia's 2007 Premier League was finalised by the League and National Team Committee at a Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) meeting in Surabaya, capital city of East Java province, on 5 December, P

PSMS Medan takes third Bang Yos Gold Cup

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PSMS Medan won the 2006 Bang Yos Gold Cup, the Governor of Jakarta's invitational tournament, its third consecutive victory, after defeating PSIS Semarang in a penalty shootout. PSMS won 3-1 after both teams tied 1-1 until the end of extra time. PSMS had

Malaysian team gives foreign coach extension

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Steve Darby has had a two-year extension to his contract with Perak FA in the Malaysian Super League to the end of 2008. Darby is considered the most successful foreign coach in South East Asia with League and Cup wins in Malaysia and Singapore and a SEA

Tourism Malaysia to promote AFC Asian Cup 2007

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The Asian Football Confederation and Tourism Malaysia have announced their collaboration to promote the AFC Asian Cup 2007 final competition, starting with the Final Draw to be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on 19 December 2006. "The AFC Asian

South Korea's Busan wins Binh Duong TV Cup

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South Korean Busan FC edged out Vietnamese hosts Binh Duong to win 3-2 in the final of the 2006 Binh Duong Television Cup. On the way to the final, Binh Duong beat V-League defending champions Dong Tam Long An, while Busan crushed Pisico Binh Dinh 4-0. Bu

EAFF accepts Northern Mariana Islands FA

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The Executive Committee of the East Asian Football Federation, a regional affiliate of the Asian Football Confederation, has decided to include the Northern Mariana Islands Football Association as a provisional member. A provisional member does not have v

Indonesia tells coach: do well at AFF cup or resign

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The Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) has reportedly issued an ultimatum to national coach Peter Withe to reach the final of the 2007 ASEAN Football Federation championship in January "or resign". The AFF tournament, formerly known as the

South American clubs must sell players to Europe

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Almost all South American football clubs rely on trading players to European teams to stave off bankruptcy as match attendances in the region decline, according to a study by Deloitte & Touche LLP. Brazilians clubs, which post an average annual operating

The AFC Asian Cup 2007 Match Schedule

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Sixteen teams will contest the final rounds of the AFC Asian Cup 2007 – the six winners and runners-up of the qualifying round groups, and the host associations Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The tournament from 7 to 29 July 2007 is conducte

Brazil Air Force pays for coach for Pakistan club

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Brazilian coach Jader Campelo will train the Pakistan Air Force football team for two years, Air Vice Chief Marshall Rashid Kaleem announced at a press conference attended by Fausto Goday, the Brazilian ambassador. Kaleem said the appointment of a foreign

China's Chengdu Blades to take on English clubs

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English League Two club Accrington Stanley will play host to China League club, Chengdu Blades, in January, the club announced. Chengdu, which is owned by English Premier League club Sheffield United will be on a four match tour of England which starts ag

Ruslan Sydykov collects Kyrgyzstan player award

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Dordoi-Dynamo defender Ruslan Sydykov has been named Kyrgyzstan Player of the Year for 2006. "Sydykov, who won the award last year too, had a terrific season with Dordoi-Dynamo clinching the Kyrgyz League title and the Cup as well. They also won the

Khurshed Makhmudov is Tajikistan's top player

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Khurshed Makhmudov of league champions Regar-TadAZ was named Tajikistan Player of the Year for the second year in a row. Other winners were Asliddin Khabibulloev of Vakhsh (Best Goalkeeper), Khima's Dzhamoliddin Oev (Best Defender), Regar's Ibraguim Rabim

Thailand beats Vietnam to win 2006 King's Cup

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Thailand won a solid 3-1 victory over South East Asian rivals Vietnam to win the annual King's Cup tournament for the first time in six years. Backed by one of Thailand's biggest football crowds in recent years, the hosts controlled the match from the st

Western Asian DIC's long-term plan for Liverpool

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Dubai International Capital claims it has a long-term strategy for Engish Premier League club Liverpool which would include funds for new players. The western Asian company hit back at claims that it plans to sell the club, it is in the process of acquiri

Seol of Reading is South Korea's player of 2006

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According to an 800-person survey conducted by the Korea Football Association and quoted by Arirang News, South Korean football fans say their national team played its best this year in its 1-1 draw with France in the World Cup. Best goal of the year went

Palestine-Israel team makes history in Andalusia

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Members of the national team of Asian Football Confederation-member Palestine, joined with players from neighbouring UEFA-member Israel in a friendly against a team representing the southern Spanish region of Andalusia on Wednesday. Organised by the Peres

Women help build world TV dominance for football

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Football dominated global television viewing figures for 2006. Not only were the ratings for the FIFA World Cup final between Italy and France far higher than for any other competition, but the average audiences for 32 of the 64 matches in Germany were be

Most foreigners in V-League no good, says coach

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Vietnamese football is struggling to improve because of an influx of foreign players, according to the national team's Austrian coach. "The young players are suffering, and it's not good for the national team," Alfred Riedl, currently in his thi

Vietnam police bust another football betting ring

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Raids were conducted on 13 houses in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday morning and around 7 billion dong (US$400,000) in betting money was found, a city police officer told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the m

EPL Charlton signs Shandong's Zheng Zhi on loan

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Relegation-risky English Premier League club Charlton Athletic has signed China captain Zheng Zhi on loan from China's Super League champion, Shandong Luneng, with a view to a permanent deal. Zheng, 26, who can play in defence or midfield, had a brief tri

Terrorists critically injure top Iraqi footballers

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Four members of Iraq's league champion, Al Zawra'a have been injured, three of them seriously, in a mortar attack on the club's stadium on Sunday, PA Sport reported. The attack took place during the first team's training session, injuring Dargham Abbas, A

Why Premier League clubs will sell-out in 2006-07

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English Premier League football club Newcastle United has confirmed it is in talks with US hedge fund Polygon over a possible takeover. Following media speculation, the club issued a statement to the London Stock Exchange to say it had received a potentia

Ladbrokes considered for Vietnam football betting

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Vietnamese authorities are set to seek government approval for a regulation to legalise previously-banned football betting next year, under which gamblers could place a maximum stake of VND450,00 (US$28). Nguyen Trong Hy, deputy head of the National Sport

Indictments issued for Vietnam football corruption

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On 25 December six defendants in Vietnam's match fixing scandal were present at the Supreme Peoples' Procuracy to listen to the prosecutor's indictment. The six are former players of the national football squad, Van Quyen, Quoc Anh, Van Truong, Bat Hieu,

British museums have more patrons than football

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According to Hamish McRae of The Independent, more people in Britain go to museums than to football matches. The heaviest hitter in football is Manchester United, which in 2004-05 had just under 1.3 million attending its matches; the heaviest hitter in mu

Chinese fans face big bill to watch Premier League

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Followers of the English Premier League in China may have to start paying to watch the broadcast next season if a Guangdong-based Pay TV station wins the tender for the 2007-2010 broadcasting rights. An alliance of over a dozen local TV stations that incl

Indian companies investing more in football clubs

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European football club culture is reportedly now beckoning Indian corporates. "While Pramod Mittal recently bought the Bulgarian football club CSKA Sofia, Indian corporates such as United Breweries and Mahindra & Mahindra are busy trying to turn thei

Korean and Chinese clubs join Singapore League

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Two foreign clubs - Korean Super Reds FC (Korea Republic) and Liaoning Guangyuan FC (China) - have joined the Singapore's professional S-League for the 2007 season. With Sporting Afrique FC having pulled out, 12 teams will be battling for the honours. Nin

Bayern Munich to play Vietnam friendly in March

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Leading Bundesliga club Bayern Munich will visit Vietnam between 17-31 March 2007 to play a friendly match with the host team. An agreement to the effect has been reached between representatives of the Vietnam Football Federation and Bayern Munich. Howeve

Eight Indian U-13 teams barred for overage players

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Eight teams have been banned from the All-India Football Federation's Boys U-13 Football Festival starting in Chennai tomorrow for fielding overage players in the team. Jharkhand (three players overage), Jammu and Kashmir (four), Orissa (six), Rajasthan (

FIFA plans special 2007 initiative for India football

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Strategic planning for the sustained growth of football in India was the primary objective when FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter welcomed a high-level delegation from the All India Football Federation to FIFA headquarters in Zurich yesterday. The delegati

NZ Soccer asks for email interest in A-League club

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New Zealand Soccer has formally asked for expressions of interest from potential investors in a New Zealand-based A-League club. A condition of the investment is hiring All Whites' coach Ricky Herbert, a member of New Zealand's 1982 World Cup team. Footba

Suspension removed as Iran agrees to follow FIFA

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The world football body FIFA has lifted Iran's suspension from international football, making it eligible for next week's Asian Cup draw. President Sepp Blatter said emergency talks had yielded a deal with authorities in Iran, which was suspended last mon

FIFA warns Brazil World Cup 2014 bid is still open

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter warned Brazil that there were several other countries in line to host the 2014 World Cup if their bid was not up to scratch. Brazil has formally submitted its bid to bring the tournament to the country for the first time since

Will Malaysia qualify for the 2022 World Cup?

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The Football Association of Malaysia is still mulling over which year its national team should qualify for the World Cup. FAM deputy president Datuk Redzuan Tan Sri Sheikh Ahmad said 2022 might be set as a realistic target. "We must have a target and

Former star cans China's prospects for Asian Cup

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China is unlikely to win the 2007 AFC Asian Cup a former Chinese international told an Asian Football Confederation media conference in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Fan Zhiyi, who played 109 international matches for China and was the AFC's Player of the Year

A-League needs NZ Knights because of contracts

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Football Federation Australia has admitted that it needs the New Zealand Knights to continue in the A-League because of media and other contractual arrangements. "We owe it to the league, the other seven clubs and the FFA's partners to ensure we cont

Mahindra's Surkumar is Indian Player of the Year

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Mahindra United defender Surkumar Singh has been named named 'Player of the Year' for 2006 by the All India Football Federation. He was selected for the honour following his impressive performances for the country as well as Mahindras throughout the year

K-League Names MVP and Best Rookie for 2006

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At the K-League 2006 Award ceremony in Olympic Park, southeastern Seoul, the Korea Football Association announced the results of the MVP and the best rookie polls, which were carried out two weeks ago in a journalists' vote held at the KFA headquarters. K

Pakistani coaches complete AFC B certification

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Nine Pakistani coaches successfully completed the Asian Football Confederation B Certificate Football Coaching Course, a spokesman of the Pakistan Football Federation told APP. A further three were provisionally passed. The graduates were ex-Pakistan Capt

Australia's young men and women footballers play

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Australia's finest young football talent will be on display when Sydney plays host to the Australian Youth Olympic Festival next month. Australia's male and female teams will face Japan, Korea and China during the tournament which takes place at Valentine

AFC presents Asian Cup final draw at gala evening

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Debutante Australia will play in Group A against Iraq, Thailand and Oman in the Asian Football Confederation 2007 Asian Cup according to the draw conducted in a gala ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday evening. Defending champion Japan, which has won the

J-League players transfer to Austrian first division

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Former Japan captain Tsuneyasu Miyamoto has agreed to join Austrian first division side SV Salzburg from Gamba Osaka, AFCMedia reported. Another Japanese joining SV Salzburg is J-League champions Urawa Reds' Brazilian-born naturalised Japanese midfielder

Neill says Euro Socceroos focuused for Asian Cup

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Socceroo defender Lucas Neill said Australia should look at nothing less than finishing first in their Asian Cup group. "I would be probably embarrassed if the team wasn't to not only qualify from the group, I think we should be looking and aiming to

AFC's Velappan honoured by Olympic Hall of Fame

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Retiring Asian Football Confederation General Secretary Dato' Peter Velappan has been honoured by the Olympic Council of Malaysia Hall of Fame for his immense contribution to Asian football since joining the AFC in 1977. The formal induction ceremony will

Brazil's SC Internacional wins FIFA Club World Cup

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Brazilian football notched up another major achievement when SC Internacional of Porto Alegre, representing South America, overcame Spain's FC Barcelona, representing Europe, to win the 2006 FIFA World Club Cup in Japan. In the process, Inter became the t

Jeonbuk finish fifth in FIFA 2006 Club World Cup

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Asian Football Confederation champion club, Jeonbuk Motors of South Korea, yesterday beat the Oceania Football Confederation's mainly amateur Auckland City of New Zealand 3-0 to avoid last place in the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup tournament being played in J

A-League still suffering financial growing pains

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With a A$130 million pay-TV deal, crowds up to a tick over 120,000, a staggering 50,333 - a record for a club soccer match in Australia - turning out to watch Melbourne Victory play Sydney FC and media interest at an all-time high, the A-League should be

Dong Fangzhou receives visa to play for Man United

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After three years on loan with Belgian club Royal Antwerp, former Dalian Shide player Dong Fangzhou will finally make his move to Manchester United. The Chinese international has received a work permit and will arrive in England on 1 January and is ready

Thailand hosts Beach Football trophy in Pattaya

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Nine international teams of beach football players from Thailand, UK, Ireland, Holland, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Bangladesh and Pattaya Allstars Team will contend in a Beach Football Championship Trophy from 18-23 December on Jomtien Beach, Thailand, Pa

New Zealand given until 31 Dec for A-League club

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Football Federation Australia has set a deadline of 31 January for new owners to step forward and take over the New Zealand Knights franchise in the A-League or they will give the licence to an Australian club. The FFA have said they are committed to a Ne

150 teams in 2007 Australian futsal championships

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Up to 1500 futsal players across 150 teams will converge on Canberra in early January for the 2007 Australian National Futsal Championships. Competing States and Territories will be vying to be named Futsal champions of Australia, which will be decided ac

Qatar beats Iraq for gold in Asian Cup football final

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Qatar became the fourth hosts to win the 15th Asian Games football gold when they defeated Iraq 1-0 in the final at the Al Sadd Stadium yesterday. The solitary goal scored in the 63rd minute by Bilal Mohammed was enough to give Qatar the title. Iraq's Ali

Dehli 'Vision India' project slower than expected

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The progress of the Delhi project of the Asian Football Confederation's ‘Vision India' program over the last two years has been slower than expected, AFC director of national association and clubs development Brandon Menton, told Aditya Kumar of Express

Vietnam's HAGL goes down to Watford Reserves

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Vietnamese football club, Hoang Anh Gia Lai lost to the reserves of English Premier League club Watford 3-0 in a friendly on Tuesday. It was the V-League team's opening match of its English tour. The Central Highlands' team will play Arsenal second team t

ESPN Star Sports to promote UEFA Euro 2008

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ESPN Star Sports has won the live and exclusive broadcast and live simulcast internet rights for the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship (UEFA Euro 2008) across India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and the Maldives, the company's man

Mahindra win 112th edition of India's IFA Shield

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A depleted Mahindra United beat Mohun Bagan 1-0 to clinch India's IFA Shield for the first time at the Salt Lake Stadium. Manjit Singh scored the match-winner for Mahindra in the 13th minute. Playing without their key players due to injury or disciplinary

FF Australia revokes NZ Knights A-League license

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Football Federation Australia today determined that Octagon Sports Limited, owners of the New Zealand Knights Football Club, had breached their Club Participation Agreement for the Hyundai A-League and, as a result, have had their licence revoked. The FFA

Man United to play in Malaysia after Asian Cup

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Tourism Malaysia has agreed to host one game in Manchester United's summer tour but only after the 2007 Asian Cup. Earlier the Asian Football Confederation feared that the English Premier League side visit would overshadow their flagship tournament, the A

Pakistan appointed host of 2007 President's Cup

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The third edition of the Asian Football Confederation President's Cup will be held in Lahore in April 2007, Pakistan Football Federation secretary general Arshad Khan Lodhi told a press conference at Football House. "The PFF is very serious about hosting

North Korea wins Asian Games women's football

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North Korea beat Japan 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out after a scoreless regular and extra time to win the gold medal of the women's soccer tournament at the 15th Asian Games. In the bronze medal match, China defeated South Korea 2-0.

English 'divers' may be grounded by video evidence

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The Football Association of England is hoping to persuade world football's governing body FIFA to allow it to use video evidence to punish players retrospectively for diving. "Basically we want FIFA to be more flexible on how video evidence can be us

Malaysians gather to discuss football directions

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A three-day International Football Symposium on Malaysian football starts Monday in Kuala Lumpur, hosted by the Football Association of Malaysia, FIFA, the Asian Football Confederation and supported by the National Sports Council. Keynote speakers include

FIFA sacks officials after sponsorship debacle

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FIFA has sacked marketing director Jerome Valcke and three others following a US court ruling over the Mastercard v Visa sponsor debacle. Valcke, FIFA's director of marketing and TV and colleagues Tom Houseman, Robert Lampman and Stefan Schuster were all

Inter officials visit Bahrain ahead of friendly

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Officials from Italian Serie A club Inter Milan arrived in Bahrain on a one-day visit to assess the Kingdom's preparations to host its friendly against the Bahrain national team on 6 January. Inter's team manager Guido Sussini, accompanied by physical fit

Germany to assist Indian football professionalism

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The All India Football Federation and Deutsche Futball Liga, which runs Bundesliga in Germany, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to share knowledge and experience to develop the game in India. According to AFCMedia, AIFF General Secretary Alberto

Singapore squad called-up for King's Cup and AFF

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Singapore coach Radojko Avramovic has called up a squad of 25 to begin preparations for the 37th King's Cup in Bangkok, Thailand (24–30 Dec) and the ASEAN Football Championship (12 Jan–4 Feb 2007). Singapore will play Kazakhstan, Vietnam and hosts Tha

Arab officials continue campaign against Australia

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An Arab backlash against Australia's inclusion in the Asian Football Confederation is continuing. Following an outburst by Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah, the Olympic Council of Asia president, his brother, Sheik Talah al-Fahd Al Sabah, president of the W

Inter Milan to set up long-term Australian program

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Italian Series A football club Inter Milan has announced its intent to have a long-term presence in Australia with plans to bring some top youth coaches to teach Australia's future stars. The club also wants to set up a university-level course to help Aus

Will Rob Bain guide Australia to a World Cup win?

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A Dutchman, 63-year-old Rob Baan, has been appointed Australia's "first meaningful and internationally experienced" technical director, Craig Foster commented in the Sydney Morning Herald. "Baan's appointment has been received with a subdue

English footballers back books-reading intitiative

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Ever wondered if footballers read in their spare time? David James, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Eidur Gudjohnsen are among twenty English Premiership players who have revealed their favourite books as part of an English initiative called Premier League Readin

VTTC gets broadcast Vietnam rights to AFF Cup

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The Vietnam Television Technology Company has won the exclusive broadcasting rights to the ASEAN Football Championship – formerly known at the Tiger Cup – to be co-hosted by Thailand and Singapore from 12 January to 4 February. VTC is expected to sign

FIFA suspends funds to 22 Asian associations

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The FIFA Executive Committee has determined that the dates for the final competition of the 2010 FIFA World Cup will be 11 June to 11 July 2010. The allocation of places will be the same as for 2006: Europe: 13; Africa: 5; Asia and Oceania: 5 (4.5 + 0.5;

New Zealanders now deemed 'imports' in Australia

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A-League head of operations Matt Carroll said a recent ruling by the Asian Football Confederation that New Zealanders playing with Australian clubs will in future be classed as imports would have a positive knock-on effect for the New Zealand Knights FC.

Australia's 'No Comment" on Arab expulsion call

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Keen not to rock the boat after less than a year in the Asian Football Confederation, Football Federation Australia offered a blanket "no comment" in response to Kuwaiti officials' calls to throw Australia out of the AFC, AAP reported. See also

Malaysian football show turns into a club reality

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Continuing from the popular Malaysian MyTeam TV Reality Show, the UPB-MyTeam FC will debut in the country's second-level Premier League on 22 December. "We are no Chelsea, we rather be like a low-cost carrier," team manager Khairy Jamaluddin tol

PL clubs react to mooted gaming sponsorship ban

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Tottenham Hotspur chairman, Daniel Levy, is outraged by a British Government investigation into whether top football clubs should be prevented from being sponsorsed by online gaming sites. The UK Sports Minister Richard Caborn has instructed the Gambling

Korea FA introduces Pro Diploma Coaching Course

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The Korean Football Association has become the first FA in Asia to introduce the AFC Professional Football Diploma Coaching Course, the most advanced coaching course in Asia. Twenty-four professional team coaches, both active and former, are currently enr

AFC Elite Education Seminar programs in January

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The Asian Football Confederation will hold a series of course and lectures during its Elite Education Seminar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A total of six courses – coach education, (22-27 January - Instructors 11, Participants 33), referees' instructors (

Saudi Arabia FF to introduce foreign referees

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The Saudi Arabian Football Federation has decided to use foreign referees for important league and cup matches following crowd trouble triggered by poor refereeing in two recent league encounters. "Blatant mistakes by referees in the Al Hilal-Al Nasr

Iraq and Qatar make suprise Asian Games final

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Iraq capitalised on its only real chance and beat South Korea 1-0 to stay on track for its first Asian Games' football gold in more than two decades. Host Qatar upset defending champion Iran 2-0 to reach the final for the first time. Qataris filled the Al

Nike signs largest Australian football sponsorship

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The corporate commitment to football in Australia reached a new high today when Football Federation Australia announced its biggest ever sponsorship agreement with Nike. The two companies revealed that they had renewed their successful partnership and had

Singapore tickets for AFF Cup go on sale

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Tickets are now on sale in Singapore for the 2007 ASEAN Football Championship . Defending champions Singapore will play their first match against 1998 runners-up Vietnam on 13 January at the National Stadium, followed by Laos on 15 January and Indonesia o

Kuwait "scared of us" Australians finally reply

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Australia's Socceroos coach Graham Arnold said he wasn't surprised at stinging attacks last week from Kuwaiti-based Arab officials over Australia's entry into the Asian Football Confederation. West Asian Games president, Sheikh Talal al Fahd al Sabah, lab

Malaysia can rise again in football "in 10 years"

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In November, Malaysian football nose-dived several rungs to 153rd spot on FIFA's world rankings. But there is still hope, at least according to World Sports Group President, Seamus O'Brien. In an interview with Jackson Sawatan of Bernama newsagency, the h

Why Malaysia now misses its Chinese champions

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Zainul Arifin is perplexed why there is a dearth of non-Malay players, especially Chinese, in Malaysia's state and national football squads. Writing in the New Straits Times he answered his own question whether Malaysian Chinese were longer interested in

AFC has 'Plan B' to replace Iran in Asian Cup draw

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Asian Football Confederation Assistant General Secretary and Director of Competitions Carlo Nohra said a ‘Plan B' was in place for the AFC Asian Cup Official Draw in case Iran failed to meet FIFA's conditions by the fast approaching deadline of 12 Decem

Britain looks at banning gaming shirt sponsorship

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Online gambling companies may be stopped from advertising on English football shirts. The UK Gambling Commission is concerned such advertisements might be encouraging children to bet, especially when they appear on youngsters' replica kits for Tottenham H

Pele school lost in Singapore casino decision

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Genting International has won the high-stakes bid for Singapore's second casino resort with a multi-billion-dollar pitch focused on a movie-based theme park and the world's largest aquarium. One loser was Eighth Wonder, a Las Vegas firm which teamed up wi

AFC to resume assistance to Cambodian football

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The Asian Football Confederation will resume funding of Cambodian football after observers said elections for the Cambodian Football Federation presidency were free and fair. General Sao Sokha, the national Military Police commander and close ally of Prim

EA signs 4.4 million Asian users for FIFA Online

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Electronic Arts launched an online version of FIFA in Asia in May. According to CFO, Warren Jenson, the company has since signed up 4.5 million users and, at one point as many as 85,000 football fans have been playing at the same time. The game itself is

FIFA president proposes major changes to calendar

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter has proposed ending the traditional summer break in European club football and moving the season to a February to November schedule. "I've recently suggested to the clubs that they playthrough the summer and base the seaso

Jordanian women lead Arab world at Asian Games

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Jordan, the first women's football team from the Arabic nations to compete at the Doha Asian Games found competing with powerful teams such as China and Japan a challenge. "You don't know how difficult it is to develop women's soccer in Jordan,"

Indonesia camp prepares for AFF Championship

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AFC Asian Cup 2007 co-hosts Indonesia checked into a 20-day training camp in Bandung on Monday to prepare for the AFF Championship in January. "The camp will end in the last week of December and the team will play a friendly against Malaysia before leavin

China holds camp and friendlies for Asian Cup

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China PR will enter a three-week training camp in Kunming a day before the official draw of the AFC Asian Cup 2007 Finals on 19 December. Coach Zhu Guanghu, who has already set the target of reaching the semifinals of the premier continental tournament, h

Olympic head calls Australia into Asia "a mistake"

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Reacting to the president of FIFA's invitation to Australia's Socceroos to join the next Asian Games, Asia's Olympic chief said he thought the decision to take the Australians under the Asian Football Confederation umbrella was a mistake. "If Austral

Myanmar hosts Grand Royal Challenge Cup 2006

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U-23 teams from Indonesia, Malaysia and host Myanmar will feature in the Grand Royal Challenge Cup 2006 football tournament to be held in Mandalay, according to the Myanmar Football Federation quoted by Xinhua. The Grand Royal, jointly sponsored by the MF

British footballers return to Bangladeshi homeland

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A 15-member British football team with players of Bangladeshi origin have arrived in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, to play friendly matches in a bid to strengthen bonding with the local culture, reported bdnews24.com. Aftab Rahman, team leader of the Bang

Asia retains its 4.5 places for 2010 World Cup

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Then Asian Football Confederation has retained its four-and-a-half places for the 2010 World Cup finals, FIFA decided during a board meeting in Zurich. The football governing body decided not to dock a berth for South Africa 2010 from Asia, which did not

Australia launches player career support service

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Football Federation Australia and partners have launched a player support services program, My Football Career, designed to empower players to be proactive life/career managers who are encouraged to be career informed and to pursue continual professional

Fans "willing to pay" for internet football highlights

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A survey published by the International Journal of Sports Marketing & Sponsorship shows that football fans are willing to pay an average €3.73 for highlight reports and matches via the internet. Research conducted by Sven Theysohn of Frankfurt's Johann

UK Govt's 2007 Global Sports conference details

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UK Trade and Investment will be fielding a cast of international games organisers at its Global Sports conference in London on 7-8 March 2007. The event will be opened by Sports Minister, Richard Caborn and will also include the British representative to

Philippines hopes Chelsea releases Younghusband

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After a second place finish in the recent Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Football Championship qualifier, the Philippine national football squad is upbeat on its chances of making it to the top two of the next round in Thailand. But will t

Brazil's champion Sao Paulo to play series in India

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Sao Paulo, the national league champions of Brazil, will play the opening tie of the five-match Super Soccer series in India against East Bengal at the Kanchenjungha Stadium in Siliguri on 27 January. According to The Statesman, the Brazilian team "w

Liverpool considers takeover move by Asian group

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Liverpool FC is reportedly close to accepting a £450 million deal which will allow a West Asian, Dubai-based consortium to take control of the Premier League club. According to the Soccer Investor, while American billionaire George Gillett and property t

Shanghai stadium gets overhaul for Women's Cup

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China Super League club Shanghai Shenhua will play its home fixtures at the Yuanshen Sports Centre Stadium in the city's Pudong district next season as their Hongkou Stadium ground undergoes a RMB 200 million overhaul ahead of next year's Women's World Cu

Velappan on the success of AFC over 30 years

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What will Dato Peter Velappan do when he steps down as the Asian Football Confederation secretary general? "It is 30 years of continuous and hectic work. I have no regrets, but it is time to have some rest and be with the family," Velappan told

China may prepare bid for 2018 FIFA World Cup

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FIFA president Joseph Blatter said bidding for the World Cup 2018 is open to China and all other Asian countries. "The bid for World Cup 2018 is not open yet. But under the rotation system, China have the chance to bid for the hosting rights of the W

Socceroos "could be admitted" to Asian Games

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Australia's Socceroos, voted the Asian Football Confederation's Asian team of the year this week, could be admitted to future editions of the Asian Games, said FIFA President Sepp Blatter, quoted by Radio New Zealand. Australian competitors are currently

Chelsea FC invited to star in new Bollywood movie

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Engish Premier League club Chelsea is to team up with some of Bollywood's most famous stars, Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Lara Dutta and Preity Zinta, in a Yash Raj movie called "Jhoom Barabar Jhoom" being shot in London. "

Chelsea sign with Sina.com for Mandarin website

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English Premier League club Chelsea believes it has taken an advantage in the Chibese market by contracting internet portal Sina to establish a Mandarin version of its new website by next year. The Premiership champions, who claim their popularity in Chin