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 By John Duerden

Malaysia's Tengku Abdullah targets Asia growth on FIFA Exco

New FIFA Executive Committee member Prince Tengku Abdullah of Malaysia wants to help Asia reach its full potential.

These days, less and less of the important business of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) takes place in its home city of Kuala Lumpur. But for Malaysia, there was some good news coming out of Bahrain on Thursday night as Prince Tengku Abdullah was elected to FIFA's powerful Executive Committee at the AFC Congress in Manama.

Minutes before the elections started at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel -- with one of the two four-year seats up for grabs -- his Royal Highness spoke with ESPN FC. As...

 By John Duerden

AFC Congress gets global profile thanks to FIFA presidential poll

AFC president Shaikh Salman faces no challengers for his position as the 2015 Congress gets underway in his home nation of Bahrain.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) holds its 2015 Congress in the Bahrain capital of Manama on April 30. Here are three things to look out for:

1. It's about FIFA as well as AFC

There was supposed to be an election to select the president of the AFC for the next four years. But no challenger emerged to face the incumbent, Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, who won by a landslide in 2013.

Without such a contest, this AFC Congress would not normally receive much attention from outside the...

AFC President challenges UAE to match Aussies Asian Cup feat

Asian Football Confederation President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa admits that United Arab Emirates have a huge task in front of them to match the success of January's AFC Asian Cup when they host the 2019 edition. 

The UAE was awarded the hosting rights to the 17th edition of the continental championship on Monday, beating off the challenge of Iran.

It will be the second time that the Emiratis have staged the Asian Cup, having hosted the 1996 edition where they made the final, losing...

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter: Iran must end intolerable stadium ban on women

FIFA presidential candidate Luis Figo says nothing will change if Sepp Blatter wins a fifth term in charge of football's governing body.
FIFA presidential candidate Michael van Praag talks about his campaign to win votes from South American countries at the CONMEBOL conference.
FIFA presidential candidate Michael van Praag said he would ensure full disclosure of Michael Garcia's report into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and have a 40-team World Cup if he is elected in May.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has called on Iran to end its "intolerable" ban on women watching football matches.

Iran is bidding against the United Arab Emirates to host the 2019 Asian Cup, but Reuters reports that the ban on women attending men's sporting events in the country will likely damage their chances of being chosen as tournament hosts.

Iran's footballers were threatened with punishment by the Iranian Football Federation for posing for "selfies" with female supporters during the Asian Cup...