FIFA and the "Chinese Question", 1954-1980: an Exercise of Statutes

Heidrun Homburg
Mainly concentrating on FIFA internal documentsthe article analyses how the world football federationreacted to the People's Republic of China's claim to exclusiverepresentation; this claim was a problem because thefootball association of the Republic of China (Taiwan) hadbeen affiliated to FIFA in 1954. How did FIFA, despite its"one country – one association" rule, succeed to integratepermanently both Chinese football associations into its constituency?It is argued that both FIFA's statutes
more » ... the vicissitudes inthe global political setting contributed to this success. Aftermuch debate and a contemporary withdrawal in 1958 thePeople's Republic rejoined FIFA in 1979/80 although theyhad failed in ousting Taiwan from membership.
doi:10.12759/hsr.31.2006.1.69-72 fatcat:6oiyhggcpvd5hda22jcbucx444