Monthly archive - May 2012

Lippi’s Guangzhou set for Round of 16 debut

Marcello Lippi may be less than two weeks into his tenure with Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande, but the World Cup winning Italian coach faces his first major hurdle against Japan’s Emperor’s Cup winners FC Tokyo in the last 16 of the AFC Champions League on Wednesday.

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Adelaide United seek inside track on Nagoya

Adelaide United seek inside track on Nagoya

Adelaide United coach John Kosmina is hopeful a brief but insightful conversation with Central Coast Mariners counterpart Graham Arnold will give the A-League side the inside track against Japan’s Nagoya Grampus in Tuesday’s meeting in the last 16 of the AFC Champions League.

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Park Chu-young: Hero to Zero

By Seungmin Lee - AFF Korean correspondent

Earlier this month, Choi Kang-hee, the head coach of Korean National Team announced the squad for 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Among those names, there was no place for Park Chu-young. Choi described the squad by saying it “reflected the national atmosphere of Korea” because it is Korea’s representative team.

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Al Hilal in seventh heaven

Korean striker Yoo Byung-soo scored four goals as Al Hilal emphatically beat Baniyas 7-1 to join fellow Saudi Pro League sides Al Ittihad and Al Ahli in the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League alongside Iran’s Sepahan.

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Confusion over Thailand ACL allocation

By Kitinan Sanguansak - AFF Thai correspondent

Despite failing to survive the AFC Champions League group stage, Thai Premier League champions Buriram United have won more admirers for their commendable performances in their debut campaign in the continent’s premier club competition.

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J. League: Round 12 Review

J. League: Round 12 Review

By Anthony D

Round 12 of the J. League once again threw up some surprising results, with two massive wins for Iwata and Kashimna. Below we comprehensively review each match.

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Two-time winners Al Ittihad ready for Piroozi test

Two-time winners Al Ittihad will look to continue their end of season revival under coach Spanish coach Raul Caneda by booking a place in the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League on Wednesday, although Iran’s Piroozi will provide a stern test in Jeddah.

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Last 16 begins with all Iran showdown

Last 16 begins with all Iran showdown

With the Group Stage of the AFC Champions League finishing less than a week ago, there is no let-up in the action as the knockout stage kick-offs in style on Tuesday as three-time Iran Pro League champions Sepahan entertain domestic rivals Esteghlal.

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Asian Cup - Lemon or Success?

EXCLUSIVE: Scott McIntyre

What exactly is a lemon?

There’s been a lot of talk over the past week or so in Australia over whether or not the 2015 Asian Cup will be a success but for me the key is in defining the specific notion of success.

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Mouth-watering last 16 in prospect

Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande have been rewarded for their dramatic win over Buriram United with a home tie against Japanese Emperor’s Cup winners FC Tokyo in the last 16 of the AFC Champions League later this month.

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