• February: Qatari Fifa executive Mohamed Bin Hammam says he'll block Sepp Blatter's bid for a fourth term in the 2011 elections: "The time has come. Fifa needs an Asian president."
• May: Sepp publicly backs Qatar's 2022 World Cup bid. "I strongly feel the World Cup should come to Qatar!"
• August: Bin Hammam says Sepp deserves a fourth term. "Let me be very clear. I will be backing Sepp Blatter to remain in office. He is my very good friend!"' (Sepp says claims of a deal are malicious. "I have most certainly not made any sort of deal with Qatar. How could I? As president of Fifa I would never misuse my office!")
One to watch
Next for Bin Hammam instead of a run at Fifa's top job: "My aim is to run for re-election as Asian Football Confederation president in 2011. I hope I will have the full confidence of all the national associations". Bin Hammam's previous best election – last year, winning a seat on the Fifa executive board, then refusing calls for an inquiry into alleged "gross corruption" during the campaign. "It's time to move on! Turn the page. The past is the past, it's better that way."
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