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 By Jason Dasey

Asian Games could provide lifeline for Tottenham's Son Heung-Min

ESPN FC's Brian McBride talks the club that needs to spend the most before transfer deadline day.

The Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang have emerged as unlikely, but crucial destinations in the topsy-turvy career of South Korean winger Son Heung-Min.

After a disappointing Rio Olympics, and with the 24-year-old reportedly facing an uncertain future at Tottenham Hotspur, the 2018 Asian Games on Indonesian soil are already coming into focus for Korea's top young players.

A gold medal at the multi-sports event would excuse all team members from having to serve the mandatory National Service...

Tottenham's Son Heung-Min 'not entirely to blame' for S Korea loss

Son Heung-Min shows his disappointment as South Korea are beaten.

Tottenham attacker Son Heung-Min is not "entirely" to blame for South Korea's disappointment at the Olympics, manager Uli Stielike has said.

Son, 24, was named as one of three overage "wildcards" in the under-23 squad for Rio, but after scoring twice in the group stage missed several chances as they were beaten 1-0 by Honduras in the quarterfinals.

Olympic and under-23 coach Shin Tae-Yong revealed that Son "cried all day long" and "didn't even eat" after the match.

Stielike, meanwhile, said Son...

 By John Duerden

China vs. South Korea in Champions League and World Cup showdowns

Shanghai SIPG face Jeonbuk for a place in the Asian Champions League semifinals later this month.

The next few weeks produces a fascinating club and country China vs. South Korea football trilogy that could prove to be as big as a Hollywood blockbuster.

This East Asian rivalry has historically been one-sided in the favour of Seoul (Korea have lost just once in 30 international meetings) but the upper-hand is not quite as strong as it was.

That will be tested this week in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Asian Champions League as the two East Asian ties are both Sino-Korean affairs.


 By Tom Marshall

Korea Republic showdown sink or swim time for Mexico at the Olympics

Mexico's Olympic squad is in Brasilia for its final Group C match at Rio 2016 against Korea Republic.

Victory is a must for El Tri if it is to book a place in the quarterfinal of the men's football tournament.

Here are three things you need to know:

1. No room for mistakes for El Tri

The main question hanging over this Mexican Olympic team in Brazil has been whether it can rekindle the kind of magic that led El Tri to victory over a Neymar-led Brazil in Wembley to win gold four years ago in London.


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2016 Olympics men's football preview

The Olympic football tournament is almost set to kick off in Rio de Janeiro. Here is a preview of all 16 teams.


BRAZIL: The Brazilians are red-hot favourites to at last win the only title they are lacking, both because of the depleted competition and because they are taking it so seriously. For many Brazilians, the men's football tournament will be the most important part of the Games. Moreover, after years of disappointment, Brazil need something special to bring the fans back onside.