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AFC defends referees after Honda criticism

Jan 14, 2015

AFC defends referees after Honda criticism

AFC president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has ignored the complaints of players and coaches about the standard of officiating at the Asian Cup and praised the work of the referees. The Bahraini, accompanied by Asian Football Confederation general secretary Alex Soosay, met ...

Jan 14, 2015

Piece of Jules Rimet trophy found

A piece of the original World Cup trophy, which was stolen in Brazil in 1983 and never recovered, has been found in a basement at FIFA’s headquarters. Part of the base of the Jules Rimet trophy, it is engraved with the names of the ...

Australia, South Korea book spots in Asian Cup quarterfinals

Jan 13, 2015

Australia, South Korea book spots in Asian Cup quarterfinals

Now that Australia and South Korea have secured their spots in the Asian Cup quarterfinals, attention has quickly turned to which of the continental heavyweights will top the group. Australia’s 4-0 demolition of Oman in Sydney on Tuesday night ensured both the Socceroos and ...

Houllier challenges Japan to raise game

Jan 12, 2015

Houllier challenges Japan to raise game

by Andrew Mckirdy

Former Liverpool and France manager Gerard Houllier has urged Japan to cast aside its inferiority complex and close the gap on the world’s leading soccer nations. Houllier was the head of FIFA’s Technical Study Group at the World Cup in Brazil last summer, where ...

Japan cruises past Palestine in opener

Jan 12, 2015

Japan cruises past Palestine in opener

by Gus Fielding

Four-time champion Japan made the perfect start to its Asian Cup defense with a 4-0 whipping of tournament debutant Palestine on Monday. Yasuhito Endo marked his fourth Asian Cup with the opener after eight minutes, and further goals from Shinji Okazaki and Keisuke Honda ...

Houllier challenges Japan to take next step

Jan 12, 2015

Houllier challenges Japan to take next step

by Andrew Mckirdy

Former Liverpool and France manager Gerard Houllier has urged Japan to cast aside its inferiority complex and close the gap on the world’s leading soccer nations. Houllier was the head of FIFA’s Technical Study Group at the World Cup in Brazil last summer, where ...

South Korea starts Asian Cup campaign with win over Oman

Jan 10, 2015

South Korea starts Asian Cup campaign with win over Oman

South Korea began its Asian Cup campaign with a difficult 1-0 win over Oman on Saturday through Cho Yong-cheol’s goal in first-half stoppage time. Winning coach Uli Stielike said he hoped the close victory would give his team added incentive as the tournament progressed. ...

Australia opens Asian Cup with convincing victory over Kuwait

Jan 9, 2015

Australia opens Asian Cup with convincing victory over Kuwait

Tim Cahill sparked an Australian fightback after an early deficit as the hosts beat Kuwait 4-1 in the opening match of the Asian Cup on Friday. A vocal sellout crowd of 25,000 at the Rectangular Stadium, dressed predominantly in Australia’s green and gold colors, ...

Japan beats Auckland in Asian Cup warm-up

Jan 4, 2015

Japan beats Auckland in Asian Cup warm-up

by Gus Fielding

Japan coach Javier Aguirre said he was generally pleased with his side’s performance after the Samurai Blue beat New Zealand part-timers Auckland City 2-0 on Sunday in their final warm-up before launching their defense of the Asian Cup. Japan’s most-capped player, Yasuhito Endo, opened ...

Endo relishing fourth Asian Cup appearance

Dec 31, 2014

Endo relishing fourth Asian Cup appearance

by Gus Fielding

He turns 35 in January, but Yasuhito Endo, Japan’s most-capped player, says he has no intention of taking his foot off the pedal as he enters his 13th year with the senior national team. Endo has enjoyed an outstanding 2014 season and was deservedly ...