More international footy articles in the Herald Sun
Friday, February 15 2008 @ 09:53 pm ACDT
Contributed by: Sean Finlayson
In one, both Ron Barassi and Kevin Sheedy are quoted as urging the AFL to invest more in developing the game overseas. The article quotes previous articles about Kevin Sheedy's call for the AFL to go global and adds comments and responses from Barassi and game development manager Dave Matthews. In the article, Matthews is quoted as admitting that the globalisation of Australian Football had become "topical". He mentions the potential in South Africa for participation, the UAE for television and China for one or both.
The second article is about the Peres team for Peace, with key AFL people flying from Dubai to Jerusalem to help in training the team in preparation for the International Cup.
Interestingly, the second article mentions the name of the event as the "World Cup" of Australian Football. Of course, refering to the event as the World Cup is incorrect, as Australia will not participate. However it does show that with more countries attending the media is taking a more serious interest in the event this time around.
Editor: Also worth noting that the article suggests Melbourne may play a pre-season game in Shanghai in 2010 as part of the World Expo Sheedy and Barassi were at >Melbourne's launch of an international student membership, aimed at the estimated 30,000 Chinese students studying in Melbourne.