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Ghotbi deals with Japan quake

Afshin Ghotbi’s place in the history of South Korean soccer folklore is assured; he was, after all, a member of the national team’s coaching staff at the 2002 World Cup, the first of three stints with the Taeguk Warriors. He would argue that there is much more to come...

Gap in Quality

The Asian Cup is underway but the competition is yet to really spark… We are now 10 games into the 2015 Asian Cup, but in many ways it doesn’t really feel as if the tournament has gotten started. While there have been a couple of mildly entertaining...

‘Iran ready to samba with Brazil’

Brazil players take part in a training session at the Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi yesterday, ahead of their friendly against Iran. Robinho (second from left) said the players were looking to impress new coach Mano Menezes. Abu Dhabi: Robinho, Dani Alves, Thiago...

Japanese Soccer, Hits an Unexpected Rough Spot

Overshadowed by the Japan Football Association’s declaration 10 years ago that it wanted to win the World Cup by 2050 was another pledge that seemed more easily achievable: having the team ranked in the top 10 by 2015. There is still plenty of time for the World...

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