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Asia eyes extra slots in bigger World Cup

The Asian Football Confederation said Wednesday that the continent deserves to be among the chief recipients of extra World Cup places following FIFA’s decision to expand the event to 48 teams. All confederations will be eager to capture as many as possible of the extra spots on offer from 2026 ...

Confident Osako ready to take risks against Saudis

Nov 14, 2016

Confident Osako ready to take risks against Saudis

Having marked his international return in style with a brace against Oman, Cologne striker Yuya Osako is champing at the bit and said Monday he is ready to take risks if he is picked to play in Tuesday’s crucial final-round World Cup qualifier against ...

Okazaki says Japan's days of dominance in Asia are over

Nov 14, 2016

Okazaki says Japan's days of dominance in Asia are over

Japan is no longer the dominant force of Asian soccer it once was and must be prepared to fight bare knuckle at continental level, Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki said on Sunday. Japan is third in Group B of Asia’s World Cup final qualifiers ...

Brazil 'not scared' of returning Messi

Nov 9, 2016

Brazil 'not scared' of returning Messi

Brazil players have made it clear they will not fear Argentina’s Lionel Messi when the two sides meet for their high-profile World Cup qualifier on Thursday. Messi’s return from injury prompted an exchange between the two sides on Tuesday after Argentina striker Lucas Pratto, ...

England held to draw in Slovenia

Oct 12, 2016

England held to draw in Slovenia

England labored to a 0-0 draw away to Slovenia on Tuesday in their 2018 World Cup qualifier with Wayne Rooney dropped to the bench, while title-holder Germany remained firmly on course for the finals. Manchester City reject Joe Hart produced three terrific saves to ...

Okazaki declares himself fit to face Australia

Oct 10, 2016

Okazaki declares himself fit to face Australia

Shinji Okazaki will play through the pain in his left ankle and has declared himself ready for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Australia. Okazaki missed training a day earlier with the injury he suffered in Thursday’s home win over Iraq, leading to the possibility ...

Postecoglou tips Cahill to inflict more misery on Japan

Oct 10, 2016

Postecoglou tips Cahill to inflict more misery on Japan

Australia is poised to unleash its Japan specialist Tim Cahill on the Samurai Blue on Tuesday, when the two Asian giants clash in a highly charged World Cup qualifier at the Etihad Stadium. The 36-year-old Cahill has tormented Japan over the years since the ...