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2018 World Cup qualifying - how it works

The qualifying process for the 2018 World Cup began on March 12, 2015 with preliminary ties between the 12 lowest-ranked nations in Asia.

Chiquito Do Carmo of Timor-Leste had the honour of scoring the very first goal on the road to Russia in a 4-1 victory at home to Mongolia.

There are 31 places up for grabs, joining hosts Russia.

The draw for the main sections of qualifying takes place on Saturday, July 25, 2015.


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Gao Hongbo returns as interim China national team coach

Gao Hongbo will take the helm for China's next two World Cup qualifiers.

BEIJING -- Gao Hongbo has returned as interim coach of China following the departure of Frenchman Alain Perrin last month.

Gao will take the helm for China's next two World Cup qualifiers while the search for a permanent coach continues, the Chinese Football Association (CFA) has announced. He had previously led the team from 2009 to 2011.


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Toshiya Miura sacked by Vietnam after AFC U23 Championships

Toshiya Miura was dismissed by the Vietnam Football Federation on Thursday.

The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) executive board got together on Thursday to cast their votes on the coach's future.

Miura, 52, coached Vissel Kobe, Omiya Ardija and Ventforet Kofu in the J-League before moving to Southeast Asia in 2014 to take charge of the Vietnam national team.

Under his charge, Vietnam have yet to win a title and with the U23 team's exit at the group stage in Qatar last week. After losing all three of their group matches, it was reported that 11 of the 16 VFF members voted...

Stephan Schrock hopes move from Germany to Manila will help Azkals

Philippines midfielder Stephan Schrock
Stephan Schrock play for Germany national youth teams before making his Azkals' debut in 2011.

More than a few eyebrows were raised earlier this month when it was announced that Philippines' international Stephan Schrock was moving from European football to the Philippines, joining league champions Ceres La Salle FC, on loan from Germany's SpVgg Greuther Fürth.

After all, the 29-year-old Schrock is still at the peak of his footballing career. Heading to Manila -- where playing standards arguably lag behind some Southeast Asian counterparts -- might seem a step backwards for the...

Arsenal legend Tony Adams 'turned down' Malaysia national coach job

Arsenal legend Tony Adams says he turned down an offer to become Malaysia national coach.

Former Arsenal and England captain Tony Adams has revealed that he turned down the chance to become Malaysia national coach.

The 49-year-old, who is currently sporting director at Azerbaijan side Gabala SC, says he was offered the job late last year before interim boss, Ong Kim Swee, was appointed earlier this month.

Adams admitted that he was tempted by the approach but decided to stay in Gabala where he's worked for most for the last six years. He was Gabala's manager in the Azerbaijani Premier...