Peter Velappan

Dato' Peter Velappan (born 1 October 1935) is a Malaysian association football administrator who served as the General Secretary of the Asian Football Confederation from 1978 to 2007. Peter Velappan was born in 1935. He studied at the University of Birmingham, Loughborough College in the United Kingdom and McGill University in Canada. He became a teacher in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan before joining the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in 1954. From 1963 to 1980, he was the Assistant Secretary of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), during which he introduced professionalism in the country. In 1972, as Team Manager and Coach, he guided the national team to qualification for the 1972 Olympics in Munich. In 1978, Velappan was appointed General Secretary of the AFC. He oversaw the entry of many member countries into the AFC during his tenure, which also saw Asia host its first ever FIFA World Cup. He was Coordination Director of the Organising Committee of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan. He served under three AFC presidents: Malaysians Hamzah Abu Samah (1978–1994), Sultan Ahmad Shah (1994–2002) and Mohamed bin Hammam from Qatar (2002–2007).

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Date of birth
October 1st, 1935


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