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Five Aside: Matchday 12

Five Aside Jun 23, 2014
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 By John Duerden
1 day ago

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...

By ESPN Staff
Oct 6, 2014

Lalas: Cahill right to represent Australia

ESPN FC's Alexi Lalas gives his take on Tim Cahill's decision to represent Australia at the expense of the New York Red Bulls.

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By ESPN Staff
Oct 6, 2014

Cahill: I will play in AFC Asian Cup

New York Red Bulls' forward Tim Cahill looks forward to playing in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in his home country of Australia.

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Sep 24, 2014

Topor-Stanley highlights new Australian squad for friendlies

Centreback Nikolai Topor-Stanley has been in good form for the Western Sydney Wanderers in the Asian Champions League.

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Australia has retained veterans Tim Cahill and Mark Bresciano while recalling Nikolai Topor-Stanley to the squad for the first time in six years and selecting uncapped striker Bernie Ibini for friendlies next month in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

The 23-man Australia squad contains a slew of changes from the teams that played recent friendlies against Saudi Arabia and Belgium, with Robbie Kruse, Carl Valeri, Bailey Wright and Ben Halloran all missing out.

Coach Ange...

Sep 23, 2014

Qatar World Cup speculation provides a lot of smoke, but no fire yet

Ever since Qatar was awarded the right to host the 2022 World Cup, hope has remained in some quarters that the tournament would ultimately be taken away from the tiny Middle Eastern country. Allegations of corruption have generated plenty of smoke, as have the appalling working conditions inside the country. Yet there hasn't been any fire, at least by FIFA's narrow definition.

The accumulation of fuel continues, however. The latest addition to the possible pyrotechnics came this week when FIFA Executive...