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Iran's Carlos Queiroz wary of South Korea, Qatar in World Cup qualifying

Iran head coach Carlos Quieroz reacts to his team's group draw in the third round of AFC World Cup qualifying.
South Korea manager Uli Stielike assesses his side's draw in the third round of AFC World Cup Qualifying.

Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz says that both South Korea and Qatar should be considered favourites, ahead of them, to progress to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

That's despite Team Melli being Asia's highest ranked nation at 42nd in the world.

The Iranians were drawn in Group A alongside the Koreans, Qatar, China, Uzbekistan and Syria, with their opening game at home to the Qataris, 2022 World Cup hosts, on Sep.. 1.

"In our group, in the front line you have, for sure, the Koreans who are in front...

Thailand's Zico wants good WCQ start against Saudis, wary of Japan trio

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and David Mitchell look ahead to Thailand's upcoming AFC World Cup qualifying campaign.

Thailand's head coach Kiatisuk 'Zico' Senamuang insists his side are ready to spring a surprise despite being drawn in a tough group B for the final phase of AFC qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Thais have been placed in what looks the more difficult of the two qualifying groups, facing Asian champions Australia, regular World Cup finalists Japan and Middle Eastern heavyweights Saudi Arabia. They also have to play Iraq again -- having faced them in the previous round -- and the United...

Thailand's Zico unafraid of Japan and Australia in AFC WCQ final round

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and David Mitchell look ahead to Thailand's upcoming AFC World Cup qualifying campaign.

Thailand will face Asian giants Australia and Japan in the final round of qualification for the 2018 World Cup.

The War Elephants were placed in Group B at the draw held in Malaysia on Tuesday, with the two heavyweights, as well as Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Iraq.

Kiatisuk Senamuang's men kick-off their first final round campaign since 2002 on Sept. 1 at Saudi Arabia before hosting four-time Asian champions Japan five days later.

"We always knew it was going to be a tough draw for us,"...