Monthly archive - June 2012

Young Tigers must stay composed

By Keeshaanan Sundaresan - AFF Malaysian correspondent

Equipped with enthusiasm and youth, the Malaysian U-22 side appears to be dining majestically in Myanmar. 13 goals in their opening 3 matches has pretty much set the tone for their AFC U-22 Qualification games, but fans and media alike know that there is still no space for complacency.

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ACL attracts increased viewership

Television audiences watching the AFC Champions League have continued to soar with the continental club championship notching up record figures during the Group Stage of the 2012 edition.

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Al Ittihad and Guangzhou to collide in ACL Quarter Finals

Two-time winners Al Ittihad from Saudi Arabia will face Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande in the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League in September following the draw for the last eight in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

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Australia vs Japan – a tactical analysis

Australia vs Japan - a tactical analysis

By Ben Mabley

Not even the increasingly bizarre performance of a referee clearly keen to dominate the proceedings himself could spoil a wonderfully intense encounter between two of Asia’s big three.

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Australia ready for date with destiny

Australia ready for date with destiny

By Adam Peacock

The occasion is set; the biggest match on Australian soil since the Socceroos beat Uruguay on penalties in 2005 to qualify for the following years World Cup.

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Here come the Blue Samurai

Here come the Blue Samurai

By Alan Gibson

It’s early in the group stage, but, this is the big one! Certainly for Australia, after a disappointing 0-0 draw with Oman to open their qualifying campaign for Brazil 2014.

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Neill: Japan are favourites

Neill: Japan are favourites

By Paul Williams in Brisbane

Australian captain Lucas Neill started the mind games ahead of tomorrow night’s crucial World Cup Qualifier against Japan, declaring that Asia’s number one ranked team are the favourites and Australia head in as underdogs.

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Australia and Japan prepare for battle

Australia and Japan prepare for battle

By Paul Williams in Brisbane

Both Australia and Japan have arrived in Brisbane as anticipation grows ahead of Tuesday night’s crucial World Cup Qualifier.

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Australia and Japan develop a growing rivalry

By Sean Carroll

Tuesday night sees the latest instalment in what is steadily becoming a very interesting rivalry in the Asian game, when Japan travel to Brisbane to take on Australia in the final round of World Cup qualifiers.

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OPINION: Osieck selects on names, not form

OPINION: Osieck selects on names, not form

OPINION - Ryan Steele

After the 2-0 defeat to Denmark over the weekend, there has been speculation over Osieck’s recent Socceroos selections, with many criticising the lack of young up-and-comers in the training camp and that the man in Australia’s top job has instead opted for a list with a bias towards reputation.

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