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Mohammed Bin Hammam

Caretaker boss Zhang Jilong pulls out of race for AFC presidency

Zhang Jilong, acting president of the Asian Footbal Associations (AFC). Photo: Reuters

China's Zhang Jilong will not contest elections in early May for either the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) presidency, vacated by Mohammed bin Hammam after bribery claims, or the available Fifa executive committee seat.

Friday, 1 March, 2013, 5:39am

Zhang wants to be permanent AFC chief

Acting chief Zhang Jilong emerged from a hush-hush meeting of high-powered Asian Football Confederation (AFC) delegates in Macau on Tuesday to declare he was keen to stay on permanently in the position left vacant by deposed predecessor Mohamed bin Hammam.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

The trouble with Fifa

What?

2 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Tim Noonan

Bartender, pour us a couple of doubles and let's hope the booze can make some sense of a situation that might confuse Albert Einstein. Now then, a toast to the endlessly entertaining circus that has surrounded Asian soccer in the past few weeks. Just when it seemed like it was deja vu all over again, it really wasn't. Or maybe it was. Uh, no, we have indeed not been here before.

27 May 2007 - 12:00am

Hammam calls on ailing Asian nations to restructure

Asian soccer boss Mohammed bin Hammam has called for a major restructuring of leagues and competitions after the region's abysmal showing in Germany.

Hammam, the president of the Asian Football Confederation, criticised Asia's poor competitive structure for the lack of success. All four teams - Japan, South Korea, Iran and Saudi Arabia - failed to make it to the second round.

29 Jun 2006 - 12:00am