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Former finalist Galekovic amazed by Western Sydney's Asian progress

ESPN FC's John Wilkinson discusses the upcoming AFC Champions League final between Western Sydney Wanderers and Al Hilal.

Former finalist Eugene Galekovic has hailed Western Sydney Wanderers' achievement of becoming only the second Australian side to reach the AFC Champions League final ahead of Saturday's first leg against Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal.

And the veteran goalkeeper, capped eight times by the Socceroos, is amazed by the speed in which the A-League's newest side have followed up Adelaide United's historic 2008 achievement.

Galekovic was a virtual ever-present in the Adelaide team who became the first Australian...

Oct 9, 2014

AFC: Structural changes will help Asian teams in the 2018 World Cup

AFC general secretary Alex Soosay says the quality of Asian football will improve as more nations take part.

Asian football must shape up or it runs the risk of falling behind, according to Alex Soosay, general secretary of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

Speaking at the Leaders in Sport Summit in London, Soosay said that Asian football has no option other than adapting to the increasingly competitive nature of the world game. Four Asian countries -- Japan, South Korea, Iran and Australia -- qualified for this year's World Cup finals in Brazil but all of them were eliminated in the group stages...

Oct 6, 2014

Wanderers 'fortress' approved for AFC Champions League final

ESPN FC's John Wilkinson discusses the upcoming AFC Champions League final between Western Sydney Wanderers and Al Hilal.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) ruled that the A-League runners-up Western Sydney Wanderers' home ground of Parramatta Stadium is suitable to host the first leg of the AFC Champions league (ACL) final against Saudi Arabia club Al Hilal on Oct. 25.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the Wanderers' management have worked overtime to ensure that the ground -- also known as Pirtek Stadium -- is compliant with AFC regulations regarding international media access and corporate hospitality for...

By ESPN Staff
Oct 2, 2014

AFC Champions League review

ESPN FC's John Wilkinson discusses the upcoming AFC Champions League final between Western Sydney Wanderers and Al Hilal.

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 By John Duerden
Oct 1, 2014

FC Seoul's defeat in AFC Champions League semi adds to Korean gloom

ESPN FC's John Wilkinson discusses the upcoming AFC Champions League final between Western Sydney Wanderers and Al Hilal.

The reaction was one of anger and outrage. How had this been allowed to happen? How could a South Korean team lose so miserably? The media went into meltdown and the returning players were abused upon their return to the airport by fans who were calling for heads to roll.

But this was the reaction to the World Cup in June, not the Asian Champions League defeat of FC Seoul in the semifinal by Western Sydney Wanderers. The quadrennial competition is always going to get more play in the media than the...