May 10th, 2013 by saidina
Over the next week or two, Asian football will be focused on the second round of the 2013 Asian Champions League.
The sixteen teams standing are still divided into the western and eastern zones. In the west, there are three Saudi Arabian-Qatari clashes. Over in the east, it is more mixed with, for the first time, six nations represented.
South Korea and China have two each while Australia, Japan, Uzbekistan and Thailand also have a horse left in the race.
In the medium term however, the powers-that-be on the continent are ready to talk about an even bigger prize increasing the 4.5 World Cup spots allocated to the AFC and its 46 full members.
The clarion call was sounded by FIFA president Sepp Blatter on May 2. The Swiss supremo has a reputation for telling audiences what they want to hear and as he was talking to all 46 full members of the AFC Congress in Kuala Lumpur, his words should be taken with the usual amount of salt.
We have to have a better balance. You are a powerhouse, you must be aware of your powerhouse.
It may have been more blather from Blatter but he had a point. Over four billion people call Asia home but in terms of the World Cup, 60% of all humanity gets about 16% of the representation.
And as the FIFA boss pointed out, roughly half of the regular $1 billion income received by the world governing body rolls into Switzerland from the east. At the most basic level, its just not fair.
The man behind Qatars successful 2022 World Cup bid Hassan Al-Thawadi recently saw his attempt to win election to FIFAs powerful Executive Committee defeated by Sheikh Salman, who also won the AFC presidency. The charismatic Al Thawadi, also the General Secretary of the 2022 Supreme Organising committee, believes it is an issue worth discussing.
“It is something we need to look at,” he told Al Jazeera.
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Asian football and the World Cup question
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