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Apr 30, 2015

Soccer–Asia united says Salman but not everyone is happy

MANAMA, April 30 (Reuters) – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is more united than it has been before but its teams must do better on the field, Shaikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain told delegates when he was re-elected as the body’s president on Thursday.

However, not everyone agreed with him at the 26th Asian Congress in the Bahraini capital with delegates from South Korea particularly unhappy at the way an item on the agenda regarding elections to the FIFA executive committee had been organised.

Apr 30, 2015

Sheikh Ahmad joins FIFA’s top table, Salman re-elected

MANAMA (Reuters) – Political kingmaker Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah of Kuwait extended his influence further into footba;;on Thursday when he was elected unopposed as one of Asia’s three ordinary representatives on FIFA’s executive committee.

Sheikh Ahmad was the only candidate for a two-year term up for grabs on FIFA’s top table due to tactical manoeuvring by confederation chiefs.

Apr 30, 2015

Soccer-Sheikh Ahmad joins FIFA’s top table, Salman re-elected

MANAMA, April 30 (Reuters) – Political kingmaker Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah of Kuwait extended his influence further into soccer on Thursday when he was elected unopposed as one of Asia’s three ordinary representatives on FIFA’s executive committee.

Sheikh Ahmad was the only candidate for a two-year term up for grabs on FIFA’s top table due to tactical manoeuvring by confederation chiefs.

Apr 30, 2015

Blatter praises Asian soccer for moving out of murky waters

MANAMA (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter praised the president of the Asian Football Confederation Shaikh Salman of Bahrain for “cleaning up” the confederation in a speech to delegates at the AFC’s congress on Thursday.

Blatter, 79, who is seeking a fifth term as FIFA president in next month’s election, gave an uncharacteristically low-key speech and again used his favourite shipping analogy to describe the progress made by the confederation since former AFC president Mohamed Bin Hammam was banned for life two years ago.

Apr 30, 2015

Soccer-Blatter praises Asian soccer for moving out of murky waters

MANAMA, April 30 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter praised the president of the Asian Football Confederation Shaikh Salman of Bahrain for “cleaning up” the confederation in a speech to delegates at the AFC’s congress on Thursday.

Blatter, 79, who is seeking a fifth term as FIFA president in next month’s election, gave an uncharacteristically low-key speech and again used his favourite shipping analogy to describe the progress made by the confederation since former AFC president Mohamed Bin Hammam was banned for life two years ago.

Apr 29, 2015

Figo asks AFC to allow FIFA candidates to address Asia Congress

MANAMA (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidates Luis Figo and Michael van Praag have written to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) requesting the opportunity to address delegates at their annual Congress on Thursday.

Former Portugal international Figo, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan and Van Praag, the president of the Dutch FA, who are all challenging incumbent Sepp Blatter for football’s top job in the May 29 vote, have not been invited to speak.

Apr 29, 2015

Soccer-Figo asks AFC to allow FIFA candidates to address Asia Congress

MANAMA, April 29 (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Luis Figo has written to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) requesting the opportunity to address delegates at their annual Congress on Thursday.

Former Portugal international Figo, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan and Michael van Praag, the president of the Dutch FA who are all challenging incumbent Sepp Blatter for football’s top job in the May 29 vote, have not been invited to speak.

Apr 29, 2015

Asian soccer needs to ‘match up’ to catch up – Roxburgh

MANAMA (Reuters) – Asian footballers have talent and passion but must start applying themselves like Europeans and South Americans do if they are to achieve international success, according to the AFC’s new technical director Andy Roxburgh.

Roxburgh, who took his native Scotland to the World Cup finals in 1990 and the European Championship finals two years later, joined the Asian Football Confederation as the head of their technical department last month.

Apr 29, 2015

Soccer-Asian soccer needs to ‘match up’ to catch up – Roxburgh

MANAMA, April 29 (Reuters) – Asian footballers have talent and passion but must start applying themselves like Europeans and South Americans do if they are to achieve international success, according to the AFC’s new technical director Andy Roxburgh.

Roxburgh, who took his native Scotland to the World Cup finals in 1990 and the European Championship finals two years later, joined the Asian Football Confederation as the head of their technical department last month.

Apr 29, 2015

Kingmaker Sheikh Ahmad to take first step towards FIFA throne

MANAMA (Reuters) – When FIFA president Sepp Blatter addresses delegates at the 26th Asian Football Confederation congress on Thursday at least four men watching him are likely to be imagining themselves standing in his shoes in the future.

Three of them are campaigning now to end Blatter’s 17-year-reign as the head of world soccer in next month’s presidential elections, but the fourth, biding his time, is increasingly being seen as the man mostly likely to actually succeed him.