Tuesday, April 19, 2011

THE NEW FIFA PRESIDENT





Mohamed Bin Hammam (Arabic: محمد بن همّام‎) (born 8 May 1949 in Doha, Qatar) is the president of the Asian Football Confederation, a position he has held since August 2002. He was re-elected once again in January 2011. Mohammed Bin Hamamm served as a member of FIFA's 24-man executive committee for the past 15 years.
As well as being the president of the Asian Football Confederation, he is also the chairman of the Fifa Goal Bureau, whose grants provide financial support for member associations across the world. He was also influential in bringing the 2022 World Cup to his native Qatar.



 Biography

During his time at the helm, he has overseen the creation of the AFC Champions League and the acceptance of Australia into the AFC. He has also initiated the strategic development program called Vision Asia extreme golf club. He has been a FIFA Executive Member since 1996.
He has opposed the participation of the Wellington Phoenix team in the Asian Champions League.
He has also publicly given support for the 2022 World Cup bid of Qatar, his country of birth.
In an interview with The Guardian, Mohammed Bin Hammam has stated he could possibly run against current FIFA president Sepp Blatter for the presidency which will be decided at the Fifa House in Zurich during the 61st Fifa congress on 31 May and 1 June. He told the Guardian: "People have to try change. Change is good." He added: "Within 10 days I will formally declare whether I will stand or not." On March 18, 2011, he declared himself a candidate for Presidency of FIFA in the upcoming June 1 election.
In March 2011, he called upon Arab and Muslim nations to play the Palestine national football team at the Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium: "I hope that all Arab and Muslim teams will come here to play matches against Palestine at their own home ground". Some footballing Nations had rejected the idea of playing there as it could be seen as tantamount to normalising the Israeli occupation in the West Bank.

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