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Luiz Felipe Scolari dismisses talk of Guangzhou Evergrande form struggle

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Luiz Felipe Scolari will attempt to steer Guangzhou to only their second win in the Asian Champions League group stages.

Guangzhou Evergrande coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has dismissed claims that his side have not fully convinced this season.

Scolari will attempt to steer Guangzhou to only their second win in the Asian Champions League group stages at Hong Kong champions Eastern on Tuesday.

Evergrande, who beat Eastern 7-0 in the opening round of games after the visitors had been reduced to nine men, will qualify for the next phase if they can win on Tuesday.

They have drawn twice with Japan's Kawasaki Frontale and...

 By Nicolas Anil

Malaysia ask AFC to play Asian Cup qualifiers at Johor's Larkin Stadium

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and Stanley Bernard discuss the state of Malaysia ahead of their upcoming Asian Cup qualifiers.
Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts ask if Malaysia were right to request a neutral venue for their fixture with North Korea.
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FAM secetary general Hamidin says playing at Larkin Stadium will help Malaysia's strategy in Asian Cup qualifying.

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have asked the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for permission to shift their national team home base from Kuala Lumpur to Larkin Stadium in Johor Bahru.

This would start with the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Lebanon on June 13.

There were ominous signs that such a request was on the cards after the Malaysian squad's equipment was transferred to the home of Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) to ensure better security. The move is also in line with the wish...

 By Ed Dove

Ivorian great Didier Zokora completes Indonesia move

Ivory Coast legend Didier Zokora has completed a move to Semen Padang, joining the likes of Michael Essien and Peter Odemwingie in the Indonesian top flight.

Zokora, who is best known for a spell in the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur, has been a free agent since leaving Indian side North East United after spending two seasons in India.

The 36-year-old completed a move to Semen Padang on Monday, according to L'Equipe, and joins the club as their marquee signing.

The Red Buffaloes currently...

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JDT robbed by penalty decision in FA Cup exit vs. Pahang - coach Mora

JDT keep their AFC Cup chances alive, while Khairul Amri's brace inspired Tampines Rovers.
JDT boosted their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the AFC Cup after a 3-0 win over Boeung Ket Angkor.
Global FC secured a comfortable 4-2 win over Myanmar's Magwe to secure to stop in Group F.
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JDT endured an ultimately frustrating night in front of their home fans to be knocked out of the 2017 FA Cup.

Benjamin Mora was left bemoaning a crucial penalty decision that went against Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT), which would ultimately cost his side a place in the FA Cup semifinals.

In their quarterfinal, the reigning champions lost 4-3 on aggregate to Pahang, despite winning Sunday night's second leg 2-1 at Larkin Stadium.

Pahang will now go face Negeri Sembilan in the last four on April 29, while Kedah will host Terengganu in the other first leg tie on April 30.

JDT seemed in control at 2-0, thanks to...

 By Paul Murphy

Marcel Essombe equaliser for Ratchaburi denies Muang Thong

Marcel Essombe of Ratchaburi
Marcel Essombe's late equaliser gave Ratchaburi a 1-1 draw against Muang Thong (Photo credit: Ratchaburi).

Ratchaburi striker Marcel Essombe struck a last-gasp leveller to deny champions Muang Thong United yet another victory in the Thai League (T1).

Theerathon Bunmathan's 87th-minute free kick looked to have given the league leaders all three points at Ratchaburi on Saturday before the Cameroonian found the net just before the full-time whistle.

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And Buriram United moved just one point behind the Kirins with a 2-1 victory at third-placed Chiang Rai United, while Bangkok United's Dragan Boskovic netted...

 By Paul Murphy

Milovan Rajevac 'already chosen' as Thailand national coach - report

Claudio Ranieri and Alejandro Sabella are the latest to be linked to become the next manager of the Thailand national team.
Milovan Rajevac's modest wage demands mean that he is likely to given the Thailand national coaching job.

Former Ghana boss Milovan Rajevac has "already been chosen" as Thailand head coach following the surprise resignation of Kiatisuk Senamuang last month, according to Thai-language media reports.

Rajevac almost took Ghana to the last four of the 2010 World Cup, and this achievement has apparently seen him impress the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) enough to hand him the task of taking over from Kiatisuk.

The 63-year-old Serbian's wage demands have also reportedly been one of the factors in...