AFC celebrates 50 years

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> The Asian Football Association, AFC, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in Kualalumpur.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
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The Asian Football Association, AFC, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in Kualalumpur. Top Asian soccer players and AFC officials, along with many heavyweights of international soccer as well, among them, FIFA President Sepp Blatter were present at the celebrations. "For me it is a milestone in the history and the future history of football because somewhere it has not been realised that more than half of the world population is living in Asia. Definitely, the talent of players is exactly the same as in other continents, so it is a question of developing the game", said Joseph "Sepp" Blatter, President, FIFA. Looking ahead The AFC was established in 1954 with a meeting of 12 founding nations in the Philippines and by 2004 it has grown into the world's largest soccer confederation, encompassing nearly four-billion people and 45 national associations. "In Asia we are enjoying the most infrastructure for football. I don't think on any continent in the world you will find, for example, the number of stadiums in Asia, the number of players, the number of media. You know, all this I give to the achievement of Asian football", said Mohamed bin Hammam, President of the Asian Football Confederation. The weekend event also saw the launch of a commemorative book entitled "The Power of Dreams", detailing the history of Asian soccer. AFC hopes that the next 50 years will be even more profitable and that Asia will be a name to reckon with in international soccer. (AP).

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