Monthly archive - March 2012

Oman qualify for London Olympics

Victorious coach Paul Le Guen lauded Oman’s performance in Thursday’s 2-0 win over Uzbekistan as the Gulf Sultanate won Asia’s three team play-off to set-up a showdown with Senegal next month for a place at the 2012 Olympic Games.

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The Jijidae Derby – Suwon vs FC Seoul

The Jijidae Derby - Suwon vs FC Seoul

By Iain Pearce

This Sunday the K-League sees the revival of old hostilities as FC Seoul make the short trip from the capital to Suwon to take on the Bluewings. Purely in footballing terms the league-leaders going away to the third placed team makes for an exciting prospect, but there’s a lot more than that to the highest profile club rivalry in Korean sport.

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Uzbekistan set up Oman showdown

Uzbekistan and Oman will face off on Thursday for the right to meet Senegal for a place at the 2012 Olympic Games after the Central Asians ended Syria’s hopes of advancing from Asia’s three team play-off by recording a 2-1 victory at My Dinh Stadium on Tuesday.

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Buriram restore Thai pride

By Kitinan Sanguansak - AFF Thai correspondent

Thai Premier League champion Buriram United’s red-hot start in the AFC Champions League, the continent’s elite club competition, came as a perfect tonic for Thai fans, who became more disillusioned with another disappointing campaign of the national team in the World Cup qualifiers.

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Trio chase Olympic dream

Uzbekistan, Syria and Oman enter Asia’s last-chance play-off tournament knowing an appearance at the 2012 Olympic Games is potentially just three games away as the trio go head-to-head in Vietnam for the right to face Senegal for a ticket to London.

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Against all odds - Iraq’s Olympic fairytale

With the Asian play-offs for the 2012 Olympic Games set to take place in Vietnam at the end of March, World Sport Group looks back at the remarkable story of Iraq’s surprise run to the semi-finals of the football tournament at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004 with then coach Adnan Hamad recounting the story of a team that rose above adversity.

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Buriram march on after stunning Guangzhou

Buriram United continued to spring the surprises on their AFC Champions League debut as the Thai treble winners stunned Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande on Wednesday after posting a well-deserved 2-1 win to move top of Group H.

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Two up, two down

Two up, two down

By Iain Pearce

The 2012 season may be just three games old but so far there are two trailblazers leading the way with 100% starts and two snailgazers without even a point to put in front of the fans and show them that a slow start is all just part of the master plan.

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Buriram unfazed by Guangzhou

With an opening day win over Japan’s Kashiwa Reysol under their belts, coach Attaphol Puspakom insists Thai treble winners Buriram United are unfazed by the prospect of facing free-scoring Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande in AFC Champions League on Wednesday.

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Reds seek Gamba revenge

Revenge is on the agenda as former finalists Adelaide United entertain their 2008 conquerors Gamba Osaka in the AFC Champions League on Tuesday with the Reds looking to build on an impressive opening day win in this year’s continental championship.

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