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 By John Duerden
2 days ago

Japan's veterans find harmony to sound Asian Cup warning

Midfielder Shinji Kagawa played a vital role in Japan's impressive second half against Australia in Osaka.

After indifferent performances with experimental teams, Japan boss Javier Aguirre decided to get the band back together last Tuesday. A lineup that wouldn't have been out of place at the 2011 Asian Cup final against Australia saw the Samurai Blue again singing from the same songbook and hitting those familiar notes in the second half of a friendly against the same opposition in Osaka. At the end of a 2-1 win, the fact that everything seemed so much better with the old guard in place was a source...

Nov 14, 2014

China denied victory by late Wood goal against New Zealand

Chris Wood's late goal earned Leicester City a confidence-boosting point against Everton.
Standing in as New Zealand captain, Leicester City striker Chris Wood denied China victory in Nanchang.

China were denied victory in their international friendly against New Zealand on Friday night when Leicester City striker Chris Wood headed home an equaliser with just three minutes remaining to secure a 1-1 draw in Nanchang.

Wood was standing in as All Whites' captain in the absence of West Ham United's Winston Reid, their regular skipper. They faced up to a Chinese side who are 43 places higher in the FIFA rankings.

In an open game at the Nanchang Bayi Stadium, New Zealand had the best of...

Nov 2, 2014

Uli Stielike calls up Park Chu-young South Korea's November friendlies

Released by Arsenal in May, Park Chu-young is now playing for Saudi Arabian side Al Shabab.

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea coach Uli Stielike recalled former Arsenal striker Park Chu-young to the national team for friendlies this month against Jordan and Iran.

Park, released by Arsenal in May and without a club until he joined Saudi Arabia's Al Shabab in September, has not featured for his country since a disappointing 2014 World Cup when the Asian giant collected a solitary point.

South Korea is preparing for January's Asian Cup, where it is drawn in Group A with host Australia, Kuwait...

By ESPN Staff
Nov 1, 2014

Wanderers win Asian Champions League

Western Sydney became the first Australian side to win the Asian Champions League after beating Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia over two legs.

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 By John Duerden
Oct 19, 2014

South Korea, Australia and Japan have Asian Cup questions to answer

Japan head coach Javier Aguirre has one eye on the Asia Cup as they prepare for their international friendly against Brazil.

The Asian Cup is less than three months away, but some of the favourites for that tournament are very much in transitional stages. Too much can be read into results and performances, but as time to kickoff ticks down, some of their concerns need to be addressed.

Those issues have more weight on the heels of a World Cup that for Asia was, well, terrible. That tournament will loom large in the collective continental consciousness for years to come. Costa Rica collected more points than the three...