Japan is laying the stepping stone for the grand goal of hosting the 2050 World Cup alone.
The head of the Japan Football Association succeeded in winning a third term and became the only East Asian country to speak out in FIFA (International Football Federation).
At the 33rd Asian Football Confederation (AFC) General Assembly held in Manama, Bahrain on the 1st (Korean time), the FIFA Council member election was held.
For a total of 5 spots, Chung and Du Zhaokai (China), Kelp Gozo (Japan), Mariano Araneta (Philippines), Sheikh Ahmad Khalifa Al Thani (Qatar), Yasser Al Michelle (Saudi Arabia), Datuk Haji Hamiddin Among seven candidates, including (Malaysia), ran, two East Asian figures, including Chairman Chung and Du Zhaokai, failed.
Al Thani received the most votes with 40 votes, followed by Kelp with 39 votes, Al Misial with 35 votes, Araneta with 34 votes, and Hamiddin with 30 votes to become the winner.
The only elected head of the Japan Football Association in East Asia, Kombu, succeeded in a third term with this election. Moreover, while the Middle East is showing strength, the fact that it received the second most votes after Al Thani shows Japan’s status in the current football administration.
The Japanese media also paid attention to Keshima’s third term as a member of the FIFA Council. Japan’s Nikkan Sports delivered the news of the president of Kombu, predicting, “If the president of Kombu, who has been widely known for his third term, puts forth a strong friendship with the members of the FIFA Council, it will be easier to persuade them to host international tournaments.”
Referring to the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, the media said, “At that time, Japan promoted its sole hosting, but Korea participated as a co-host country because of the power of FIFA Vice President Chung Mong-joon at the time.” “Japan officially aims to host the World Cup in Japan in 2050. Looking to the future, the kelp chairman can play a major role.”
In addition, “Korea and China, which failed in this election, will refer to President Keshima’s opinion when contacting FIFA as members of the East Asian Football Federation. It will be an opportunity,” he said.
Japan’s long-term goal is set for the 2050 World Cup. 온라인카지노
The Japan Football Association announced ‘Japan’s Way’ last year and set the long-term development direction of Japanese football for the next 30 years. The biggest goal of this project is to host and win the 2050 World Cup alone.
Japan national soccer team coach Hajime Moriyasu also expressed his aspirations at the time of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, saying, “Spain and Germany were world champions,” and “Japan also has a goal of becoming world champion before 2050.”
In the long term, Japan is trying to catch the two rabbits of football level and administration. Although the kelp president will step down from the Football Association at the end of March 2024, he can continue to focus on FIFA and AFC work.
While Japan, which started a long-term project for 30 years in earnest, is gradually approaching the grand goal of hosting and winning the World Cup alone, Korea, which has been shunned by Asian soccer diplomacy, is in a pitiful situation where it has to wait and see.