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2023 ASIAN CUP

China's Lin Liangming (front) in action with Qatar's Almahdi Ali Mukhtar in Al Rayyan, Qatar, on Monday.
SOCCER
Jan 23, 2024
China's Asian Cup hopes hanging by thread after Qatar loss
China began the tournament with two dour 0-0 draws against Tajikistan and Lebanon.
Brighton & Hove Albion's Kaoru Mitoma (left) in action with Crystal Palace's Nathaniel Clyne at Selhurtst Park, London, on Dec. 21. Mitoma has not played since hurting his ankle in the game, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
SOCCER
Jan 23, 2024
'Worry' for Japan as Mitoma misses training ahead of Asian Cup clash
The Brighton winger has not played since hurting his ankle in a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Dec. 21.
Japan's Zion Suzuki (top) and Yukinari Sugawara (bottom) in action with Iraq's Youssef Amyn in Al Rayyan, Qatar, on Friday.
SOCCER
Jan 23, 2024
Japan goalkeeper racially abused online after Asian Cup errors
The news comes after two instances of racist abuse directed at players in Italy and England during matches.
Iraq's Ahmed Yahya (left) and Japan's Ritsu Doan fight for the ball during their match at the Asian Cup on Friday.
SOCCER
Jan 22, 2024
Physical Arab teams taking fight to heavyweights at Asian Cup
Jordan coach Hussein Ammouta said "Arab teams playing on Arab turf" in Qatar must take the fight to their opponents.
South Korea's Kim Tae-Hwan (left) battles with Jordan's Anas Al Awadat during Asian Cup group stage play on Saturday in Doha.
SOCCER
Jan 21, 2024
South Korea salvages Asian Cup draw as Bahrain leaves it late
One day after Iraq beat tournament favorites Japan, the Koreans needed an injury-time own goal to salvage a point.
Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu will be wary of making too many changes after admitting that his tinkering against Iraq "had an effect on the players."
SOCCER
Jan 20, 2024
Shock Iraq defeat exposes Japan frailties at Asian Cup
The 2-1 loss leaves Samurai Blue facing a potential last-16 match with South Korea, assuming Japan still qualifies from its group.
India supporters wave the country's flag before the start of the national soccer team's Asian Cup game against Uzbekistan on Thursday in Al-Rayyan, Qatar.
SOCCER
Jan 20, 2024
Not just cricket: Qatar's Indians cheer on soccer minnows
At the Asian Cup in Qatar, Indian fans have been showing the world that their passion for sports doesn't end with cricket.
Japan goalkeeper (23) reacts after Iraq scored its second goal on Friday in Al-Rayyan, Qatar.
SOCCER
Jan 19, 2024
Iraq stuns favorites Japan to reach Asian Cup last 16
It was Japan's first Asian Cup group-stage defeat in 26 matches and the loss sets them on a potential collision course with South Korea in the last 16 in Qatar.
Palestine forward Shehab Qunbar jumps to receive the ball during his team's AFC Asian Cup Group C match against the United Arab Emirates in Al-Wakrah, south of Doha, on Thursday.
SOCCER
Jan 19, 2024
Palestine set hearts on Asian Cup 'history' after UAE draw
Some of the Palestinian players have lost loved ones or have family trapped in Gaza, and the team has been forced to train and play matches overseas.
South Korea's Lee Kang-in celebrates after scoring against Qatar during their Group E match at the Asian Cup in Doha on Monday.
SOCCER
Jan 18, 2024
South Korea's Lee Kang-in reaching new heights under Jurgen Klinsmann
Klinsmann has made the 22-year-old the linchpin of his side since taking over a year ago.
Saudi Arabia's Ali Al-Bulayhi (5) looks to head the ball as he's guarded by Oman's Jameel Al Yahmadi on Tuesday at Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar during round robin play at the Asian Cup.
SOCCER
Jan 17, 2024
VAR confusion as Saudi Arabia roars back to beat Oman at Asian Cup
Saudi Arabia's opening match at the Asian Cup started badly when it conceded a penalty — and finished in farcical scenes in front of a bemused crowd of 41,987.
Japan midfielder Takumi Minamino (8) celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the team's win over Vietnam on Sunday at the Asian Cup in Doha.
SOCCER
Jan 14, 2024
Japan survives Vietnam scare to start Asian Cup title bid
Vietnam, which is coached by Japan's 2000 Asian Cup-winning boss Philippe Troussier, gave the Samurai Blue everything they could handle on Sunday.
Australian players celebrate the team's second goal in their win over India on Saturday at the Asian Cup in Qatar.
SOCCER
Jan 14, 2024
Australia outmuscles India with 2-0 win in Asian Cup
The match also saw Japan's Yoshimi Yamashita become the first woman to referee a men's Asian Cup game.
Real Sociedad's Takefusa Kubo during a Champions League match in San Sebastian, Spain, in September.
SOCCER
Jan 13, 2024
Ex-Barcelona junior Kubo set for lift-off with Japan at Asian Cup
The 22-year-old has found his feet at Real Sociedad this season, scoring six goals and helping the club top its Champions League group.
Qatar players celebrate after defeating Lebanon in the opening match of the Asian Cup on Friday in Lusail, Qatar.
SOCCER
Jan 13, 2024
Qatar puts World Cup heartache behind it to win Asian Cup opener
The hosts beat Lebanon 3-0 at the 88,000-capacity Lusail Stadium, where a Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina beat France on penalties in the World Cup final 13 months ago.
Takehiro Tomiyasu is still dealing with the effects of an ankle injury and is undertaking a training program separate from the rest of manager Hajime Moriyasu's squad in Doha.
SOCCER
Jan 12, 2024
Tomiyasu wants to carry defensive load for Japan
The versatile defender had a breakout tournament at the previous Asian Cup but was ultimately left choking back tears following Japan's 3-1 loss in the final.
Yoshimi Yamashita is set to become the first woman to referee at the men's Asian Cup on Saturday.
SOCCER
Jan 12, 2024
Japan's Yamashita to become first woman to referee at men's Asian Cup
Yamashita, who was a fourth official at the 2022 men's World Cup, is one of five women who will serve as match officials at the tournament in Qatar.
Kaoru Mitoma in action during the World Cup in Qatar in December 2022. Mitoma's availability for the Asian Cup, which begins Friday, is uncertain due to an injury.
SOCCER
Jan 11, 2024
Samurai Blue the favorites as Asian Cup kicks off
Samurai Blue manager Hajime Moriyasu's team has enjoyed a strong year since, losing only once in 12 matches and winning 4-1 in Germany in a friendly.
Japan midfielder Kaoru Mitoma controls the ball during extra time of the team's Round of 16 match against Croatia at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Mitoma was named to the Samurai Blue squad for the upcoming Asian Cup despite an ankle injury.
SOCCER
Jan 4, 2024
Samurai Blue call on Mitoma to help erase Asian Cup 'frustration'
Brighton coach Roberto De Zerbi said late last year that Mitoma would be out for up to six weeks after hurting his ankle in a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Dec. 21.
Palestine's coach Makram Daboub speaks to his players during a training camp in Abha on Dec. 29.
SOCCER
Jan 3, 2024
Gaza war overshadows soccer as Asian Cup looms for Palestine
The players have "a constant feeling of anxiety for their families," Makram Daboub, a former Tunisia coach and player, said by telephone.

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