Call for Asia's World Cup teams to 'honour the fans'

Asian Football Confederation president, Mohammed bin Hammam has called on the region's teams playing in this year's FIFA World Cup to "honour the fans" and win the regard of the international footballl community. "In the context of Asian football’s profile on the world stage, this is the reputation and credibility of Asia,” he said as quoted by AFP. “We say that the 'future is Asia’, and in the past we have claimed that Asia has never been fairly represented in terms of the FIFA World Cup and other international football activities. Therefore, the 2006 FIFA World Cup is the time for us to show what we have in our hands.”

Of Asia's five contestants, Japan and South Korea successfully joint-hosted the last World Cup in 2002 and both teams performed well in front of home fans; Australia is playing in its first World Cup in 32 years; Iran has never progressed beyond the group stages; and Saudi Arabia’s best effort was in 1994 in the United States.

“Obviously there are two scenarios: based on a positive performance, new facts will need to be presented to FIFA to review AFC’s ranking on the world stage,” Hammam said. “Likewise, should we have a negative performance, this is contrary to what we are claiming and we will need to review ourselves. Hopefully this will not happen. All I can say at this stage is that I hope our Asian teams perform in a way to honour the fans in Asia, and to make us proud of our sporting achievements.”

The president said that whatever happened, the popularity of football in Asia will be boosted by the World Cup attention. “In terms of our fans, we already know that football is Asia’s number one sport,” he said. “Saying that, I do think that the popularity and impact of the World Cup will have a positive commercial effect on AFC competitions and on domestic football in Asia in making football more attractive to the commercial sector. This is in terms of both interest and contribution from broadcasters and sponsors.”

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Motto of different country FIFA2006 world cup team
1.We are football Germany
2.orange on the road to gold Netherlands
3.Liberte,Egalite,Jules Rimet France
4.Never-ending legend,united Korea
5.2006,It's Swiss o'clock
6.A passion to win and a thirst to succeed
7.angola lead the way,our team is our people
8.get up,argentina are on the move
9.australia's socceroos-bound for glory
10.vehicle monitored by 180 million brazilian heart
11.our army is the team,our weapon is the ball,let's get to germany and give it our all Costarica
12.ecuador my life,football my passion,the cup my goal
13.come on the elephants!win the cup in style country
14.one nation,one trophy,eleven lions ENGLAND
15.go black stars,the stars of our world > Ghana<
16.stars of Persia
17.blue pride,italy in our hearts
18.light up your samurai spirit Japan
19.to the finals with fire in our hearts "> Croatia<
20.aztec passion across the world
21.from the heart of america...this is the guarani spirit
22.white and red,dangerous and brave >Poland<
23.with a flag in the window and a nation on the pitch,forca Portugal
24.the green hawks cannot be stopped > Saudi Arabia<
25.fight!show spirit!come on!you have the support of everyone >Sweden<
26.for the love of the game country
27.spain,one country,one goal
28 with our support,ukraine cannot fail to win
29.here come the soca warriors-the fighting spirit of the Caribbean
30.belief and a lion's strength,for victory and our fans > Czech<
31.the carthage eagles...higher and stronger than evercountry
32.united we play,united we winUNITED STATE

Dr Han (Super football fans) fromwww.fifaworldcup-yahoo.co.uk