AFC U19 win marks a victory for Aspire and a football hungry nation

Qatar win AFC U19 titleBy Paul Nicholson
October 29 – When the Qatari national U19 team stepped off their plane to a red carpet and heroes' welcome it marked a new level of football achievement for the Gulf state that is reinventing itself through sport. It also marked another step on the development path set by the Aspire Academy.

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Now Nepal falls under FIFA audit scrutiny as cash questions raised

NepalBy Andrew Warshaw
October 21 - Yet another Asian country has become embroiled in corruption allegations as the fallout from the Mohamed bin Hammam era continues. Nepal's football association (ANFA) is implementing "corrective measures", say FIFA, amid claims by some of its own senior officials regarding embezzlement of funds.

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India: 123 year old Mohammedan Sporting Club disbands football team

Mohammedan Sporting ClubBy Mark Baber
October 21 - The executive committee of the 123-year old Mohammedan Sporting Club, a Kolkota club with a glorious history, made the decision on Saturday to disband their football team for an indefinite period after failing to find a sponsor and being unable to pay salaries to players and coaching staff for the last 3 - 4 months.

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Goal celebration goes tragically wrong for Indian footballer

Peter Biaksangzuala tributeOctober 21 - Indian football, which has just launched its much-touted Super League in an attempt to bolster interest, has suffered an untimely blow with a fatal tragedy as a result of a goal celebration in a state-level league game that went tragically wrong.

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Myanmar fined and warned after country's biggest game for a century

Myanmar U-19 AFC championshipsOctober 20 - The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has ordered Myanmar to play its next competitive game behind closed doors, suspended for two years, and has fined the national federation $24,000 as a result of a pitch invasion following last week's 1-0 AFC under-19 Championship quarter-final win over the United Arab Emirates in Yangon.

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AFC's royal hustings begin in battle for FIFA exco seats

Prince AbdullahBy Andrew Warshaw
October 17 - The race in Asia for a place at FIFA's top table has been stepped up with the announcement that Malaysian FA president Prince Abdullah Shah will contest next year's election for a position on FIFA's executive committee.

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Mongolia's Buyannemekh banned for 5 years in new AFC cash for votes scandal

Ganbold BuyannemekhBy Andrew Warshaw
October 16 - Asian football has been rocked by yet another scandal, with the fallout from former AFC president Mohamed bin Hammam's disgraced legacy snaring another culprit.

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Continental Tires Asian Cup Trophy Tour wraps up in Shanghai

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 12.50.02By Mark Baber
October 15 - Continental Tires, Official Sponsor of the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 wrapped up its Asian Cup Trophy Tour in Shanghai on Monday after bringing the trophy to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu in an event looking forward to next year's tournament and celebrating the recent signing of a four year collaboration with the Chinese Football Association.

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Indian Super League opens in Bollywood-style

ISL launch eventBy Mark Baber
October 14 - The Indian Super League held an extravagant Bollywood/footballing extravaganza on Sunday to open the long-awaited start of the new competition which aims to awaken the "sleeping giant" of Indian football. Amidst all the hype, voices of caution advised of the difficulties involved in building fan bases from scratch, in a cricket obsessed country and warned of the historical precedent of similar ventures in the USA.

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