Asia

Friday, June 27, 2014

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COMMENT: The draw for the inaugural edition of the new nationwide knockout competition created plenty of buzz, raising the prospect of giant-killings and memorable upsets

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Two big games in WA and tasty clashes between former NSL stalwarts and A-League heavyweights are among the highlights as Australian football's new knockout competition takes shape

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The Sky Blues were rumoured to be chasing the biggest name in Australian football but a deal appears unlikely after they confirmed a former crowd favourite as domestic marquee

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The shot-stopper believes his team could have kept things tighter at the back despite the elite standard of opposition they came up against in South America

Thursday, June 26, 2014

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The governing body have unveiled regulations targeting ethnic connotations in new and revised club names and logos, a move likely to prove highly divisive

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With a host of English-based talent turning out for France on Wednesday evening as well as some big names in the day's earlier Group F matches, Goal reviews their displays

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Although just one goal and a draw was registered at the World Cup, the West Asian nation surprised many with their hardwork and resilience in a difficult group

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Edin Dzeko and Miralem Pjanic starred as the Dragons earned their first ever World Cup win, eliminating Carlos Queiroz's side from Group F in the process

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The star duo both on the scoresheet in the opening two thirds, before a goal apiece from both teams in the final 10 minutes settled the result

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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The Manchester United midfielder feels that the Samurai Blue fell well below supporters' "strong expectations" after finishing bottom of Group C at the World Cup

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Safet Susic's side have already been eliminated from the tournament but our tipster is backing them to finish on a high note by beating Carlos Queiroz's men on Wednesday evening

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ANALYSIS: Goal Australia identifies the key challenges facing the rejuvenated green and gold in the months ahead, with key men due to retire and the Asian Cup looming large

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There will be a fresh face at the Hunter Stadium club next season, with another South American joining Marcos Flores in Phil Stubbins' new-look outfit

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ANALYSIS: He's taken on the former holders at a World Cup but an even bigger challenge awaits the youngster as he seeks to carve out a career in England

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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There have been many memorable images throughout the group stages, but one stands out the most: Tim Cahill's monstrous volley to level things almost immediately against Netherlands

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The stiker feels the sweltering conditions will be of benefit to his nation against a side who have disappointed so far in the competition

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COMMENT: The Asian champions have come up woefully short so far in the World Cup leaving many questions to answer, not least their stress-free qualification campaign

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COMMENT: The men in green and gold have restored pride and won new admirers, but expectations will now be higher and there is plenty of work ahead for Ange Postecoglou