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Victory or bust for Jordan's charming Prince Ali
Victory or bust for Jordan's charming Prince Ali

A quiet, steely, determination runs through Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, the Jordanian royal who has brought a breath of fresh air to FIFA politics since he was elected to its executive committee four years ago.

Asia's lack of democracy typical of FIFA ethos, says Prince Ali
Asia's lack of democracy typical of FIFA ethos, says Prince Ali

The way that the Asian Football Confederation allowed FIFA president Sepp Blatter to address its congress while none of the men campaigning to replace him could, showed a typical lack of democracy, one of the candidates said on Sunday.

AFC would back any China World Cup bid: Alex Soosay
AFC would back any China World Cup bid: Alex Soosay

China`s hopes of one day hosting a World Cup would receive the full backing of Asia`s governing body more than 25 years after the idea was first mooted, according to AFC general secretary Alex Soosay.

Asian body defends congress clampdown
Asian body defends congress clampdown

A top official at Asia`s football body has defended the move to silence a rare protest at this week`s tightly controlled congress in Bahrain.

 AFC official blames `election fever` for documents claim
AFC official blames `election fever` for documents claim

A top Asian football official said he had been deliberately smeared on Friday after he was accused of ordering documents to be hidden during an audit triggered by corruption claims.

Strategic pull-out possible for Blatter rivals
Strategic pull-out possible for Blatter rivals

 FIFA presidential candidates Michael van Praag and Luis Figo yesterday left open the possibility of a strategic withdrawal to unite the vote against runaway leader Sepp Blatter.

Sepp Blatter praises Asian soccer for moving out of murky waters
Sepp Blatter praises Asian soccer for moving out of murky waters

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.

Don`t hold your breath for Asian World Cup win
Don`t hold your breath for Asian World Cup win

Asian football`s new technical director refused to put a time-frame on the region`s first World Cup win on Wednesday, but said strong domestic leagues were the first step to success.

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

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.

Kingmaker Sheikh Ahmad to take first step towards FIFA throne
Kingmaker Sheikh Ahmad to take first step towards FIFA throne

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.

AFC general secretary accused of hiding evidence
AFC general secretary accused of hiding evidence

The Asian Football Confederation`s general secretary Alex Soosay asked for evidence to be removed prior to a 2012 investigation into corruption at the body, the Malay Mail reported on Saturday, citing video evidence obtained of the probe.

FIFA postpone Pakistan World Cup qualifier
FIFA postpone Pakistan World Cup qualifier

 World football`s governing body FIFA on Monday took the decision to postpone the 2018 World Cup qualifier between Pakistan and Yemen due to be played on Tuesday, a FIFA spokesman told AFP.

Lowly Asian nations on verge of World Cup pay windfall
Lowly Asian nations on verge of World Cup pay windfall

Soccer`s worst international side Bhutan are on the verge of a significant pay windfall if they can reach the second round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday.

UAE beat Iran to win 2019 Asian Cup hosting rights
UAE beat Iran to win 2019 Asian Cup hosting rights

United Arab Emirates were, as expected, named hosts of the 2019 Asian Cup on Monday after beating outsiders Iran to stage the expanded 24-team tournament.

Sheikh Salman set to win AFC presidency unopposed
Sheikh Salman set to win AFC presidency unopposed

Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain is poised to retain his position as head of Asian football for another four years after no-one decided to oppose him at next month`s Asian Football Confederation (AFC) elections.

India set to host AFC Awards night in November: AIFF
India set to host AFC Awards night in November: AIFF

India is set to host the star-studded Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Awards function for the first time in November, according to the president of the national body of the game.

FIFA chief Sepp Blatter booed at Asian Cup final
FIFA chief Sepp Blatter booed at Asian Cup final

 FIFA chief Sepp Blatter often talks about being the head of the "football family" but if the boos that greeted his appearance at the Asian Cup final on Saturday are anything to go by, he is not too popular with his Australian cousins.

Gulf nations want Australia out of Asia: AFC chief
Gulf nations want Australia out of Asia: AFC chief

Asia`s football chief has admitted there is groundswell of opinion in the west of the continent that Australia`s membership of the confederation has not worked out and they should be kicked out.

'Aussies out' - Cup hosts hit by shock AFC revolt
'Aussies out' - Cup hosts hit by shock AFC revolt

Australia`s football body reeled from shock revelations about a movement to oust it from the Asian confederation on Friday as the Socceroos prepared to play the Asian Cup final.

Iraq confirmed as Asian Cup semi-finalist after Iran protest
Iraq confirmed as Asian Cup semi-finalist after Iran protest

 Iraq were cleared to take their place in Monday`s Asian Cup semi-final against South Korea after the Asian Football Confederation dismissed a protest from Iran.