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Socceroos' World Cup playoff evokes memories of Uruguay miracle

Australia and Syria will go head-to-head in the first round of a series of playoffs on the road to next year's World Cup.

The opening leg on neutral soil in Malacca, Malaysia, on Thursday will be followed by the second leg in Sydney on Oct. 10.

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The winners will face the fourth-placed team from the CONCACAF zone in another two-legged playoff for a place at Russia 2018.

Here are five memorable playoffs from around the region:

North Korea v Australia, Phnom Penh, 1965

It was the days before the World...

 By John Duerden

Former Manchester United assistant Carlos Queiroz works wonders in Iran

Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson discuss Son Heung-Min and Ki Sung-Yeung's call-ups for South Korea and their race to be fit.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has made the recently released 12-name shortlist for FIFA coach of the Year. But there is a former No. 2 at Old Trafford who is arguably more deserving of inclusion.

The likes of Mourinho, as well as Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, have spent hundreds of millions of pounds for uncertain league performances. However, Carlos Queiroz's achievements with Iran have been truly impressive.

The Mozambique-born manager has been quietly turning Team Melli into...

 By John Duerden

Carlos Queiroz insists that Iran 'will not go to Russia as tourists'

Carlos Queiroz has been making history this week with Iran, and he wants to do so again next summer.

On June 12, Team Melli, as the national team is known, qualified for the World Cup -- the first time they'll be in back-to-back competitions -- and now their sights are set on a debut appearance in the knockout stages.

Not long before midnight at the iconic Azadi Stadium in Tehran, the Mozambique-born manager was thrown into the air by his squad of Iranian players after they had defeated Uzbekistan...

 By Chris Wright

Iran striker scores outrageous goal at Beach Soccer World Cup

As you may or may not be aware, the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup was wrapped up over the weekend when Brazil secured their 14th overall title with a 6-0 drubbing of Tahiti in Sunday's final.

However, the highlight of the latter stages came in the third-place playoff between Iran and Italy, in which striker Mohammad Mokhtari lit up the match with a truly audacious overhead kick.

Having previously come close with the exact same set-piece, Mokhtari latched onto a long throw from his goalkeeper to power...

China on brink of elimination as Zhang Yuning experiment fails against Iran

Iran secured their fifth win in seven qualifying matches and remained unbeaten in the third phase of Asia's qualifying campaign for Russia 2018 with a 1-0 win over China at the Azadi Stadium, leaving Carlos Queiroz's side on the verge of next year's finals.

Mehdi Taremi scored the only goal of the game against a China side buoyed by their victory over South Korea last week, but who now are on the verge of missing out on the finals of the World Cup once again.

China remain in fifth place in the group...

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Reza Ghoochannejhad leads the way for Iranian strikers in Europe

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Iran striker Reza Ghoochannejhad has scored 13 league goals in 22 matches for Heerenveen his season.

Last Sunday was memorable for Iran's football fans around the world. In the Eredivisie, two top-six teams were lining up, with both featuring a striker from the West Asian nation. Alireza Jahanbakhsh was in AZ Alkmaar's attack, while Reza Ghoochannejhad was leading the line for SC Heerenveen. The former was on the winning team while the latter ended up on the scoresheet.

Iran have been Asia's top-ranked side for four years, and are well on course for a fifth World Cup appearance in 2018. "Team Melli,"...