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Asian Cup Diaries - Everybody wants Chhetri, an Iraqi dream come true

Yusuf before Iraq's game against Vietnam outside the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Yusuf before Iraq's game against Vietnam outside the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
 

The Asian Cup is considered the World Cup for Asian nations, and one can see a glimpse of that in the playing styles on display. The West Asian nations (Saudi Arabia, Iran) are tough, rugged and play a fairly physical game, while those from further east (China, South Korea) are quick, technical and extremely clever at controlling the tempo in games. Then there are teams like India, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines and Turkmenistan, who are either all on debut or returning to this tournament after a...

Australia, Iran, Japan, South Korea lead expanded field at '19 Asian Cup

Socceroos striker Jamie Maclaren backs the team's attacking power heading into the Asian Cup.
Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan speaks on the surreal feeling of reaching 50 appearances for Australia.

The newly-expanded 2019 Asian Cup that kicks off on Saturday in Abu Dhabi with hosts United Arab Emirates (UAE) against Bahrain may feature some new teams but those contesting the final on Feb. 1 in the same city are likely to be more than familiar.

The usual quartet of Japan, South Korea, Australia and Iran are favourites among a field that now contains 24 runners instead of 16. Only the last of that quartet still have the same coach in the UAE as they had in Russia last summer at the World Cup....

Japan leave Shinji Kagawa and Shinji Okazaki out of Asian Cup squad

Shinji Kagawa and Shinji Okazaki will not participate in the 2019 Asian Cup.

Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki and Borussia Dortmund playmaker Shinji Kagawa were both omitted from Japan's 23-man squad for the 2019 Asian Cup on Wednesday, but Southampton centre back Maya Yoshida was included in the list.

Okazaki, 32, is Japan's third-highest scorer but has failed to find the net for either club or country in a year, while Kagawa, 29, is on the fringes at Dortmund, making just four appearances for the club this season.

Head coach Hajime Moriyasu has recalled...

Late Tomas Rincon penalty clinches draw for Venezuela against Japan

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Venezuela captain Tomas Rincon's penalty nine minutes from full-time earned a 1-1 draw in a friendly against Japan in Oita on Friday after Hiroki Sakai scored his first international goal for the hosts.

Japan came into the match on the back of three wins from three under new coach Hajime Moriyasu but they could not maintain their perfect record as they continue preparations for the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates, beginning Jan. 5.

In an entertaining first half in which both teams looked to...