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Tim Cahill ready to answer Ange Postecoglou's striker call

Australian midfielder Tim Cahill
With many of Australia's strikers struggling for game time, the Socceroos may once again have to rely on Tim Cahill.

Socceroos talisman Tim Cahill says he's ready to lead Australia's line in next month's World Cup qualifiers.

With Jamie Maclaren's international career in its infancy, Matthew Leckie enduring a protracted national team goal drought, Apostolos Giannou, Robbie Kruse and Nathan Burns all out of season it's likely that Cahill will play the role of Australia's frontman against Iraq and the United Arab Emirates.

And it's a task the 37-year-old, all-time Socceroos leading goalscorer says he's up for.

"When...

Al Ain's Omar Abdulrahman named AFC Player of the Year

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Omar Abdulrahman, left, received the AFC player of the year award.

Attacking midfielder Omar Abdulrahman won the Asian Football Confederation player of the year award for helping Al Ain reach the final of the AFC Champions League and steering the United Arab Emirates into the last round of qualifying for the World Cup.

"This achievement is a national achievement,'' Abdulrahman said at the awards ceremony on Thursday.

"This award is for the UAE national team and Al Ain. It is the second year in a row that the award goes to a player from the UAE, it's proof that...

 By John Duerden

Marcello Lippi fails to inspire China while Australia draw 2-2 in Thailand

Jason Dasey and Matt Smith break down Thailand's resilient effort in their 2-2 draw against Australia in WCQ.
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Marcello Lippi took charge of his first competitive game as China head coach.

Marcello Lippi was unable to inspire China to a win in his first game in charge as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Qatar in a AFC World Cup qualifier in Kunming on Tuesday evening.

The hosts are bottom of Group A in the final round of qualification for the 2018 World Cup with just one point from the first four games, and the result almost certainly ends the slim hopes they had of finishing in the top two in the six-team group and progressing automatically to Russia.

China had plenty of chances but...

Wanderley banned, Al Nasr fined in fake passport scandal

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Santos Monteiro Wanderley received a backdated three-month ban for faked documents.

Brazil-born forward Santos Monteiro Wanderley received a backdated three-month ban and his Dubai-based club Al Nasr was fined after being found guilty on Friday of faking documents so he could play in the Asian Champions League.

Wanderley and Al Nasr admitted using a forged or falsified document, the Asian Football Confederation said in a statement.

Wanderley was provisionally suspended on Sept. 2 when it was alleged a forged Indonesian passport was used for him to qualify as an Asian player.

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South Korea, Japan claw back to win 2018 AFC World Cup qualifiers

Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-Min struck the winner as South Korea followed Japan in recording late victories at home in 2018 AFC World Cup qualifying on Thursday night.

The Koreans trailed Qatar 2-1 in Suwon in Group A before firing two goals in two second-half minutes to win 3-2, despite being reduced to 10 men after Hong Jeong-Ho's 66th minute red card. 

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Son's go-ahead goal came in the 58th minute when he curled in a right-footed shot from the left-hand side of the box, two minutes after...