Posts Tagged "Asian Cup"

Hosting the Asian Cup was one of Australia’s greatest sporting success stories, and winning it was one of the best Socceroos moments in history.

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Graham Arnold’s Socceroos will face familiar foes in their defence of the Asian Cup at next year’s tournament in the United Arab Emirates.

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The Matildas are already Asian Cup favourites but coach Alen Stajcic is expecting “no easy moments” after drawing reigning champions Japan.

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The Asian Cup will return to East Asia in 2023 with China, South Korea, Indonesia and Thailand confirmed as the four bidders for the event.

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Victoria Police fear a “Fagin” problem”. It was a delicious opening. With the world celebrating “Back to the Future Day” The Herald Sun decided to take us back all the way to Charles Dickens and 19th century London.

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It seems over the past few years, the foreign players in the A-League have dazzled in the world’s greatest sport and made it famous in Australia.

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2015 has been a busy year in international football. There have been four major continental championships this year in Asia, Africa and both Americas, all of which have featured semi-surprise winners.

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The honeymoon period is the time when you and your loved one can do no wrong in each other’s eyes – the time when all mistakes and slip-ups are forgiven.

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The Asian Champions League, the premier football tournament for world’s biggest continent. It’s simple enough, to qualify out of the group stage ten points should do it.

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Australian soccer’s powerbrokers have hailed the Socceroos and are predicting their Asian Cup triumph will deliver priceless rewards from the elite level to the grass roots.

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It was difficult not to ponder what might have been as South Korea overcame Iraq at ANZ Stadium yesterday. It was meant to be the Socceroos, playing in front of a packed and vocal Sydney crowd, on Australia Day, for a spot in the Asian Cup final.

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It’s not at all what we expected, but a semi-final clash with the United Arab Emirates is not something to cheer about. The desire to avoid Japan has been bandied about way too much for a country tipped second favourite, and now there is no room for complacency.

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Japan has secured top place in their Asian Cup group and a quarter-final date with United Arab Emirates by defeating Jordan 2-0.

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After riding in on a wave of optimism following last week’s 4-0 win over Oman, the Socceroos crashed back to reality with defeat to Korea Republic, a result that sparked far more outrage than was warranted.

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The team that will look to keep Australia’s Asian Cup hopes alive will be built on a foundation of four ex-Central Coast Mariners players.

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Match result Game over: Korea Republic 1 Australia 0

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The Asian Cup has been a joy to behold – the crowds, the passion, the quality and the personalities. But hopefully the best thing to come out of Australia hosting the tournament is a new respect for the neglected Asian import.

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Remember that time when Tim Cahill was the Socceroos’ only goalscoring threat? That was so seven goals ago.

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South Korea’s coach says his squad have no chance of beating the Socceroos in the teams’ final Asian Cup group match if they repeat their disappointing performance against Kuwait.

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Proud stand-in skipper Tim Cahill say the Socceroos love the style they’re playing at the Asian Cup and isn’t surprised how many people other than himself are scoring.

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