Asian soccer got a new home Wednesday when Malaysia's king opened the 18-million (4.7m dollar) headquarters of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
AFC House, on a 1.8-hectare (4.5 acre) site near the National Sports Complex, includes a main gallery with an exhibition hall.
A library will be developed into a reference center for Asian football and a multi-purpose hall can accommodate about 200 people.
Outside is a five-a-side football pitch.
The official opening by the king, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, was held in conjunction with the AFC congress this week.
Among those attending were Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Sepp Blatter, president of soccer's governing body FIFA, AFC delegates, and members of the German, South African, Brazilian, English and Moroccan teams bidding for the 2006 World Cup.
The AFC House had been a dream of Sultan Ahmad Shah since he took over the presidency of the 45-nation Asian Football Confederation in May 1994 -- AFP
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