Australia, who take part in Asian qualification, were not considered, as the country is not part of the Asian continent, while the likes of Turkey, Armenia and Russia, countries that straddle Europe and Asia, were also excluded from consideration. The team certainly demands an improvement on the Confederations Cup performance, where both Brazil and Italy tore the back line to shreds. With Yasuyuki Konno heading towards retirement, Southampton man Maya Yoshida looks to be the best prospect around which to construct the defence.
Many happen to be more than familiar with the city hosting the July 7 final, Lyon. A defending world champion with the United StatesRapinoe is keen to lift the trophy again in France, a country she knows well, with the final set for Lyon on July 7. She also boasts an Olympic gold medal from London
Image by Reuters. Image by Unknown. In a group which contained Portugal and Spain, his performances kept Iran in contention for a knockout spot throughout, with only two goals shipped.
As a new season kicks off, the J-League is aiming to broaden its reach in Southeast Asia with help from one of its most popular international stars. Since his arrival at first-division Consadole Sapporo inThailand midfielder Chanathip Songkrasin has given a major boost to the profile of the Japanese league in his homeland. Masaaki Kimura, senior managing director of J. The biggest name in Thai football, year-old Chanathip is an A-list celebrity in the Southeast Asian country, where his face regularly adorns billboards and magazines.
Updated January 26, It was a straightforward and common footballing failing that did for the Socceroos at the Asian Cup. They simply couldn't put the ball in the back of the net.
NDO — Stars under the national senior football team, who are over the age of 22, are having a great change to join the men's football at the upcoming 30th Southeast Asian SEA Games in the Philippines later this year. According to the new rules announced by the organisers, the men's football at the 30th SEA Games will be the arena for the regional U22 teams. However, a new feature is that each team is allowed to register up to two players over 22 years of age in their squad.
Once considered little more than a football backwater, the growth of the game in Asia over the last 10 years has been astonishing. The region now boasts one of the largest audiences for leagues in England, Italy and Spain; and this growth has been accompanied by the arrival of many quality stars who come to test themselves against the world's best. Bleacher Report identifies some of the best players from countries such as Japan, South Korea and Oman, who star in Europe's most competitive leagues and enjoy idol status back home in the national side.
With the amount of fuss made about the naturalized players Guoan signed this off-season many have overlooked the possible impact the incoming Zhang may make this season. At the time this must have seemed like a good idea. It was hoped that playing top flight football in the Netherlands would allow Zhang to quickly develop as a player.
The Chinese Super League has proven to be a lucrative destination for many stars in recent years. Several players, a number coming from Brazil, have successfully moved to China in the prime of their careers. We rank the Top 10 stars who are currently lighting up the CSL.
Boyle injury 'massive blow'. After a string of eye-catching performances inlightning-quick Son is looking to add Asian Cup honours to the Asian Games gold he won in Indonesia in September. At the World Cup, Son scored a left-footed stunner against Mexico and the injury-time clincher to send holders Germany out. He has been in scorching form for Tottenham, scoring seven goals in his last seven league appearances.