Kick Off Asia launched

Kick Off Asia launched

Kick Off Asia is the magazine that Asian football has been waiting for. Full of in-depth, intelligent and insightful features about the beautiful game from writers based in all corners of the fascinating continent, it is something that no fan should be without.

The cover of Issue 1 of Kick Off Asia

Issue One, released today, hits the ground running with an exclusive interview with two-time and current Asian Player of the Year and Uzbekistan captain Server Djeparov. The midfielder explains why the Central Asian nation has yet to qualify for the World Cup and talks about his own hopes and dreams, especially when it comes to Europe.

There is plenty more where that came from. Kick Off Asia has a diary of Al Sadd’s experiences at the 2011 Club World Cup when they faced Lionel Messi and Barcelona, an epic of a tale about Zico and the politics involved in the Iraqi team.

Talking of politics, Kick Off Asia looks at how a national power struggle at the very top of the Iranian government was reflected in the recent elections to choose the president of the Iranian Football Federation.

And then there is an in-depth look at Park Ji-sung and the relationship between his international and club career, a tale of how Japan rose from the ‘Tragedy of Doha’, a review of Harry Kewell’s first, and perhaps only, season in the A-League, an investigation into the football scene in the Philippines and tiring tale of an overnight train journey from Shanghai to Beijing with the famous Blue Devils to see Nicolas Anelka’s debut.

If that wasn’t enough, old Asian hand and experienced coach Steve Darby gives some first-hand experiences and possible solutions for match-fixing, the improvements in Jordan are discussed and there is a tribute to one of the minnows of Asian football – Tajikistan.

And editor John Duerden has a special feature on Asian and Malaysian legend Mokhtar Dahari - the man they called Super Mokh.

The writers are based in Asia and have experience writing for the likes of The Guardian, 442, The Blizzard, New York Times, Fox Sports, The Independent, ESPN, AFP, When Saturday Comes, FIFA as well as various Asian media.

Kick Off Asia is a bi-monthly publication and fully digital. Apps can be downloaded from the usual places for an Apple or Android device. It can be read on Amazon Kindle Fire as well as online.

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