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Wednesday April 16, 2014

Guangzhou: AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has hoped that Guangzhou Evergrande’s victory in the AFC Champions League will boost the game in China.

“Guangzhou Evergrande has infused a new life into Chinese football and I am confident that this will benefit not only the Chinese Super League but also the national team in a big way,” he said.

“Chinese football plays an important role in the growth of Asian football and this triumph will help spreading the game to a larger audience in the world’s most populous country.”

Congratulating Guangzhou Evergrande, the Chinese Football Association and the Chinese Super League, Shaikh Salman said the Chinese champions displayed tremendous determination throughout their campaign and deserve highest appreciation.

“This remarkable achievement is surely a result of hard work put in by the Chinese Football Association, the Chinese Super League and the club itself.

“Guangzhou Evergrande’s successful campaign also helped the competition reach to a wider television audience.”

He hoped that Guangzhou Evergrande will reflect the good image of Asian football and will make the continent proud at the FIFA Club World Cup to be held in Morocco next month.

“Guangzhou Evergrande’s excellent consistent performance shows that they are the rightful representatives of Asia for the FIFA Club World Cup title.

“I would like to wish them the very best and hope that they will return triumphant from Morocco.”

 

AFC President: Photo Gallery

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AFC President with Prince William - AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa having a discussion with Prince William during The FA’s centenary celebrations in London.
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FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa exchange pennants during the AFC Annual Awards 2013.
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FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa pose with the award winners after the AFC Annual Awards 2013.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting the AFC Player of the Year 2013 trophy to China’s Zheng Zhi.
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FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting the AFC Diamond of Asia award to Dr. Chung Mong-joon.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa delivering his speech during the AFC Annual Awards 2013.
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FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa pose after signing the pledge to protect the integrity of Asian football.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting a memento to South Asian Football Federation President Kazi Salahuddin.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting the pennant to Dr. Djibril Diallo, Senior Adviser to the UNAIDS Executive Director, after signing the MoU.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa poses with the delegation from ASEAN Football Federation.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa poses with the delegation from Central Asian countries.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting a commemorative plaque to the Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Ricardo Garcia during his visit to Manila, Philippines.
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Speaker of the Iran's Parliament, Ali Larijani presenting a memento to AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa during the latter's visit to Tehran.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting a pennant to the Indonesia Football Association (PSSI) President Prof. Dr. Ir Djohar Arifin Husin during his visit to Indonesia.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting a plaque to the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam President His Royal Highness Prince Sufri Bolkiah during his visit to Brunei Darussalam.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting the AFC Cup trophy to Kuwait Sports Club captain Jarrah Al Ateeqi in Kuwait City.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting the AFC Champions League trophy to Guangzhou Evergrande captain Zheng Zhi in Guangzhou, China.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting a pennant to Chinese Deputy Sports Minister Xiao Tian on the sidelines of the AFC Champions League final in Guangzhou, China.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting a token of appreciation to Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC) President General Sao Sokha in Phnom Penh on Monday.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa giving his speech during the opening ceremony of the Cambodia National Training Centre.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa giving his speech during the opening ceremony of the Cambodia National Training Centre.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa alongside Cambodian Prime Minister, HE Hun Sen and ASEAN Football Federation President His Majesty Sultan Ahmad Shah during the opening ceremony of the Cambodia National Training Centre.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting an AFC pennant to Cambodian Prime Minister, HE Hun Sen during the opening ceremony of the Cambodia National Training Centre.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting a pennant to the Philippine Football Federation President Mariano Araneta Jr. during his visit to Manila.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting a plaque to the China Football Association General Secretary Zhang Jian on the sidelines of the AFC Champions League final in Guangzhou.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting the AFC Champions League trophy to Guangzhou Evergrande captain Zheng Zhi in Guangzhou, China.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa poses with the Korea Football Association President Chung Mong-gyu on the sidelines of the AFC Champions League final in Guangzhou.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting a pennant to Kuwait Football Association President Sheikh Talal Ahmed Al Fahad Al Sabah during the AFC Cup final in Kuwait City.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting a pennant to Kuwait Sports Club President Abdulaziz Al Marzouq during the AFC Cup final in Kuwait City.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting a pennant to Cambodia’s Minister for Tourism, HE Dr. Thong Khon during the gala dinner to mark the opening of the Cambodia National Training Centre.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting a pennant to Governor of Phnom Penh, HE Pa Socheatevong during the gala dinner to mark the opening of the Cambodia National Training Centre.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa presenting a pennant to Cambodia’s Minister for Education, Youth and Sports, HE Im Sethy during the gala dinner to mark the opening of the Cambodia National Training Centre.