Banned Kuwaiti politicos plan charm offensive to get FIFA ban lifted

Kuwait FA logoFebruary 10 - Kuwaiti government officials are preparing to tour the world in an effort to persuade FIFA to lift the ban it imposed on the Kuwait Football Association last October - for government interference.

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Liverpool lose bid for €50m Texeira to lure of China's Jiangsu Suning

Alex TexeiraFebruary 5 - Chinese football has smashed its transfer record for the third time in 10 days after yet another much sought-after Brazilian opted to go east instead of remaining in Europe.

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Qatar feels the pain of extra time as AFC qualifies Rio 2016 finalists

AFC U23 logoFebruary 2 - Qatar have failed to qualify for their first Olympic football tournament since 1992 after losing 2-1 to Iraq, a significant blow to their strategy of developing a credible squad ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

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Olyroos work to keep the faith despite crashing out of AFC 2016 qualifiers

OlyroosBy Samindra Kunti
February 2 - Earlier this month the Olympic dream of the Olyroos, Australia's U23 team, faded in Doha as they made a backdoor exit from the Asian Cup, collecting a meagre 2-0 victory against Vietnam in group D alongside the UAE and Jordan. Neither the elimination nor the absence of European-based players caused disgruntlement, only the manner of capitulation did.

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AFC powers up its war on match-fixing with expanded Sportradar deal

AFC SigningJanuary 28 - The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has beefed up its agreement with betting fraud prevention and detection specialists Sportradar, singing a two-year deal that will increase the number of games monitored to more than 4,500, a huge increase on the 300 games in the previous deal.

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AFC defuses Saudi-Iran tensions by switching dates and seeking security plan

AFC Champions League logoJanuary 25 - In another illustration of growing tensions in the region, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has decided to amend the schedule for the AFC Champions League involving matches between clubs from Saudi Arabia and Iran but has stopped short, pending further checks, of upholding a Saudi request to play fixtures on neutral ground because of safety concerns.

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LeEco takes Beijing club naming rights but not an ownership stake, yet

Beijing Guoan2January 21 – The financial and ownership position of leading Chinese Super League (CSL) side Beijing Guoan FC has been clarified with Chinese internet company LeEco (formerly known as LeTV), which operates the Le Sports service, and the club announcing a strategic co-operation.

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Iraq declares for Ali as thanks for Jordanian development support

IraqBy Andrew Warshaw
January 20 - Iraq has taken the unusual step of publicly declaring its support of Prince Ali al Hussein in the upcoming FIFA presidency.

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Chinese buy into Euro 2016 with global sponsorship deal

Erio 2016 logo and cupBy David Owen
January 15 – The wave of Chinese investment in world football has reached Europe's premier national team competition. Hisense, a white goods and electronics company based in the east-coast city of Qingdao has been unveiled as the 10th global partner of Euro 2016, to be played for the first time as a 24-team tournament in France in June and July.

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