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Jerome Champagne: The Outsider

 The campaign for the FIFA presidency kicks off today when the former FIFA deputy secretary general, Jerome Champagne, will announce in a central London hotel his candidacy for an election that will not take place for a further 18 months. 

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Posted on Monday, January 20th 2014

What next for Asian football? Lessons from the AFC Congress

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The dust has settled, the stories have been filed (read my in depth take on the AFC election in the next issue of The Blizzard, which is due out the first week in June), the jetlag over. So what did a few days in Malaysia earlier this month - at the AFC Congress and the confederation’s elections - tell us about the state of Asian football, and football politics? 

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Posted on Sunday, May 19th 2013

Crisis in Indonesian football

Posted on Sunday, May 19th 2013

Sheikh Salman "Not Fit" to Lead AFC Blasts Rival

AFC presidential candidate Yousuf al-Serkal says that his rival Sheikh Salman is ‘not fit’ to lead the confederation following allegations about human rights abuses in his native Bahrain. Plus a preview of the AFC elections, on the scene in Kuala Lumpur

Posted on Sunday, May 19th 2013

FIFA fails the first reform test

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Two months out from a FIFA Congress in which the organisation’s reform roadmap will be voted upon, a less than convincing press conference by its president Sepp Blatter and Exco member Theo Zwanziger betrayed the likelihood that hopes for ambitious change so sorely needed are unlikely to be realised.

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Posted on Thursday, March 21st 2013

Dear all, thank you for your messages of support and comfort. God has been amazing to me, football is still my passion …

FIFA Exco member, Jacques Anouma, offers his reaction to a CAS ruling that he is ineligible to stand in Sunday’s CAF presidential election

Posted on Wednesday, March 6th 2013