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Indonesia Withdraw AFC Asian Cup Bid

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The news Indonesia has withdrawn its bid to host the 2023 AFC Asian Cup came as a bit of a surprise. I wasn't aware they had even put in a serious bid for it!
Indonesia of course co hosted the 2007 event (tickets left) with Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam with Bung Karno, Jakabaring and Si Jalak Harapat Stadiums being used.

Indonesia's World Cup Draw

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11/06/15 - Chinese Taipei v Indonesia
16/06/15 - Indonesia v Iraq
02/09/15 - Vietnam v Indonesia
08/10/15 - Indonesia v Thailand
13/10/15 - Indonesia v Chinese Taipei
12/11/15 - Iraq v Indonesia
17/11/15 - Indonesia v Vietnam
29/03/16 - Thailand v Indonesia.

1st place - 3rd World Cup qualifying round, AFC Asian Cup
2nd place - 3rd World Cup qualifying round, AFC Asian Cup or 3rd qualifying round
3rd place - AFC Asian Cup 3rd qualifying round
4th place - AFC Asian Cup 3rd qualifying round or play off
5th place - AFC Asian Cup qualifying play off

Remember how we mocked Arsene Wenger for saying 4th place is as good as a trophy.

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Asian Cup 2019 draw pits India against Kyrgyzstan

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Abu Dhabi (AFP) India was pitted against Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar and Macau when the draw for the final round of qualifying for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup took place Monday.

India, which like other Asian nations has invested heavily in football in recent years, is hoping to reach its first Asian Cup finals since 2011.

Asian Cup 2019 draw pits India against Kyrgyzstan

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Abu Dhabi (AFP) India was pitted against Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar and Macau when the draw for the final round of qualifying for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup took place Monday.

India, which like other Asian nations has invested heavily in football in recent years, is hoping to reach its first Asian Cup finals since 2011.

East Timor banned from Asian Cup 2023 over Brazilians scam

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) East Timor has been banned from the Asian Cup in 2023 and fined $76,000 for fielding several Brazilian-born footballers with fake documents, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Friday.

The AFC and FIFA investigated the eligibility of a number of East Timor footballers after the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 qualifier playoff round matches last year.

East Timor banned from Asian Cup 2023

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) East Timor has been banned from the Asian Cup in 2023 and fined $76,000 for fielding several Brazilian-born footballers with fake documents, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Friday.

The AFC and FIFA investigated the eligibility of a number of East Timor footballers after the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 qualifier playoff round matches last year.

East Timor banned from Asian Cup 2023

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) East Timor has been banned from the Asian Cup in 2023 and fined $76,000 for fielding several Brazilian-born footballers with fake documents, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Friday.

The AFC and FIFA investigated the eligibility of a number of East Timor footballers after the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 qualifier playoff round matches last year.

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Australia vs South Korea: AFC Asian Cup Final preview and prediction

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So after 30 games, 257 shots on target, 178 saves and 77 goals, we're down to one final meaningful game in the AFC Asian Cup — Australia against South Korea (live on One World Sports and DishWorld at 4am ET/1am PT on Saturday).

South Korea, aka the Taeguk Warriors, have progressed through to the final without having conceding a goal whilst the Socceroos have powered through playing an energetic, intense brand of soccer.

Australia vs South Korea: AFC Asian Cup Final preview and prediction

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So after 30 games, 257 shots on target, 178 saves and 77 goals, we're down to one final meaningful game in the AFC Asian Cup — Australia against South Korea (live on One World Sports and DishWorld at 4am ET/1am PT on Saturday).

South Korea, aka the Taeguk Warriors, have progressed through to the final without having conceding a goal whilst the Socceroos have powered through playing an energetic, intense brand of soccer.

5 observations from stunning Iraq-Iran Asian Cup Quarter-Final match [VIDEO]

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The quarterfinal between Iraq versus Iran was never going to be a run-of-the-mill affair.

Coming into the match, Iraq had only beaten their arch rivals once in their previous five AFC Asian Cup meetings losing the other four.

Iran, on the other hand, had exited the AFC Asian Cup at the quarterfinal stage in 2011 and 2007, so something had to give.

5 observations from stunning Iraq-Iran Asian Cup Quarter-Final match [VIDEO]

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The quarterfinal between Iraq versus Iran was never going to be a run-of-the-mill affair.

Coming into the match, Iraq had only beaten their arch rivals once in their previous five AFC Asian Cup meetings losing the other four.

Iran, on the other hand, had exited the AFC Asian Cup at the quarterfinal stage in 2011 and 2007, so something had to give.

5 Observations From Japan’s 2-0 Victory Against Jordan at the AFC Asian Cup

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Japan have been efficient if not spectacular in their defense of the Asian Cup. They dealt with Palestine easily and eased past Iraq. Against Jordan the Japanese had a chance to finish Group D on top with a 100% record and set themselves up for a mouthwatering with the technically proficient United Arab Emirates.

5 Observations From Japan’s 2-0 Victory Against Jordan at the AFC Asian Cup

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Japan have been efficient if not spectacular in their defense of the Asian Cup. They dealt with Palestine easily and eased past Iraq. Against Jordan the Japanese had a chance to finish Group D on top with a 100% record and set themselves up for a mouthwatering with the technically proficient United Arab Emirates.

Reviewing Games From AFC Asian Cup Group C

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This is a group that featured one dead rubber and a game that would determine who would finish on top.

Iran eventually came up trumps against an impressive United Arab Emirates in a tense match. Indeed if the UAE were more clinical in front of goal they could have topped Group C but instead it was Iran who dug deep and conjured up a winner in the dying moments of the game.

Reviewing Games From AFC Asian Cup Group C

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This is a group that featured one dead rubber and a game that would determine who would finish on top.

Iran eventually came up trumps against an impressive United Arab Emirates in a tense match. Indeed if the UAE were more clinical in front of goal they could have topped Group C but instead it was Iran who dug deep and conjured up a winner in the dying moments of the game.

Catching Up On Latest Games Played in AFC Asian Cup Group C

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We're starting to see the knock-out phase of the AFC Asian Cup take shape as two more teams qualified for the quarterfinals.

Both the United Arab Emirates and Iran extended their stay in the competition at the expense of Bahrain and Qatar respectively. The pair face-off in their final Group C match to determine who'll top the table with the winners in all likelihood avoiding a clash with defending champions Japan in the quarters.

Catching Up On Latest Games Played in AFC Asian Cup Group C

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We're starting to see the knock-out phase of the AFC Asian Cup take shape as two more teams qualified for the quarterfinals.

Both the United Arab Emirates and Iran extended their stay in the competition at the expense of Bahrain and Qatar respectively. The pair face-off in their final Group C match to determine who'll top the table with the winners in all likelihood avoiding a clash with defending champions Japan in the quarters.

5 Observations From South Korea’s 1-0 Win Against Kuwait in 2015 AFC Asian Cup

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South Korea and Kuwait kicked off the second round of matches in the group phase of the AFC Asian Cup at the Canberra Stadium. Kuwait needed a win to keep themselves in the tournament whilst the South Koreans were looking to improve on a nervy performance against Oman.

The form book suggested a win for Korea, especially as Kuwait had lost their previous six AFC Asian Cup final matches.

5 Observations From South Korea’s 1-0 Win Against Kuwait in 2015 AFC Asian Cup

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South Korea and Kuwait kicked off the second round of matches in the group phase of the AFC Asian Cup at the Canberra Stadium. Kuwait needed a win to keep themselves in the tournament whilst the South Koreans were looking to improve on a nervy performance against Oman.

The form book suggested a win for Korea, especially as Kuwait had lost their previous six AFC Asian Cup final matches.

5 Observations From Japan’s 4-0 Win Against Palestine in 2015 AFC Asian Cup

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Japan got their defense of the AFC Asian Cup with a run of the mill 4-0 victory against debutants Palestine.

In a windy Newcastle Stadium the Samurai Blue ensured early on that they would not be the victim of any embarrassment let alone upset. In all fairness Javier Aguirre's side didn't need to get out of second gear as put the game out of sight after 25 minutes.

5 Observations From Japan’s 4-0 Win Against Palestine in 2015 AFC Asian Cup

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Japan got their defense of the AFC Asian Cup with a run of the mill 4-0 victory against debutants Palestine.

In a windy Newcastle Stadium the Samurai Blue ensured early on that they would not be the victim of any embarrassment let alone upset. In all fairness Javier Aguirre's side didn't need to get out of second gear as put the game out of sight after 25 minutes.

Highlights of Weekend AFC Asian Cup Games [VIDEO]

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The AFC Asian Cup got into its groove with five matches played over the weekend.

One of the pre-tournament favorites, Iran, eased their way to victory. The United Arab Emirates enjoyed a comfortable start, Uzbekistan notched up a win whilst China provided the tournament's first real surprise downing Saudi Arabia.

Highlights of Weekend AFC Asian Cup Games [VIDEO]

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The AFC Asian Cup got into its groove with five matches played over the weekend.

One of the pre-tournament favorites, Iran, eased their way to victory. The United Arab Emirates enjoyed a comfortable start, Uzbekistan notched up a win whilst China provided the tournament's first real surprise downing Saudi Arabia.

How to Watch the 2015 AFC Asian Cup On US TV and Internet

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The 2015 AFC Asian Cup has kicked off with Australia defeatingKuwait 4-1. For fans in America, the tournament can be found exclusively on the ONE World Sports channel. For Dish Network subscribers, the sports station is on channel 9794. ONE World Sports is also in Verizon FiOS's lineup (channel 309) and Cablevision (channel 1159).

How to Watch the 2015 AFC Asian Cup On US TV and Internet

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The 2015 AFC Asian Cup has kicked off with Australia defeatingKuwait 4-1. For fans in America, the tournament can be found exclusively on the ONE World Sports channel. For Dish Network subscribers, the sports station is on channel 9794. ONE World Sports is also in Verizon FiOS's lineup (channel 309) and Cablevision (channel 1159).

Key Australian executives added to AFC Asian Cup 2015 LOC

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Football Federation Australia is "ramping up" preparations for the AFC Asian Cup 2015 with the appointment of new members of the Local Organising Committee (LOC). The tournament is the pinnacle event of the 46 nation Asian Football Confederation, the largest affiliated continental constituent of the world football body, FIFA.

Khairul's Crocked. Again.

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Football is supposed to be a glamourous career. Scoring goals in front of adoring fans and all that crap. Not if you're name is Khairul Amri it ain't though.
The poor bastard spends most of his time injured. He's 27 in March, should be at the peak of his powers but guess what? He's gonna be out for the next 12 weeks with another injury.

Obesity Australia watches AFL, Union and League, while healthy Aussies play football:) Football has more participants than AFL, League and Union combined in Aus

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Well what other conclusion could you make!

Football is unquestionably Australia's team participation sport, boasting higher participation than the three other football codes combined

This is the official figures in the FFA's Strategic Plan.

With the focus back on the linking of the football community we can really push on to improve the game across the community.

Ticket Prices

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We are one week into the SEA Games football competition and the games have been marked by pitifully low attendances so far. While Timor Leste attracted plenty of supporters for their games at Lebak Bulus Cambodia have been followed by a few embassy staff and teams like Thailand and Singapore have seen their support swallowed up by the cavernous Bung Karno Stadium.

China adidas 2012/13 Home Jersey / Kit

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The China national soccer team (simplified Chinese: 中国国家足球队; traditional Chinese: 中國國家足球隊) remains an Asian power despite failing to qualify for the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa and not advancing beyond the group stage of the 2011 AFC Asian Cup. The team is currently ranked 70th in the world by FIFA and is made [.

Changed Expectations Fuel Malaysian Woes

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Back in 2008 Malaysia were drawn against Thailand, Vietnam and Laos in the ASEAN Football Federation Cup. After defeating Laos 3-0 hopes were high in the homeland that finally the Hariamau would make an impression in the region's leading competition. But successive defeats against Vietnam and Malaysia soon ended those hopes.

Battle for Brazil cranks up a gear

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South Asians' Middle East mission

Nepal, who are coached by former England international Graham Roberts, eased into the second round with a 7-1 aggregate win over Timor Leste but will find a much sterner challenge in the shape of Jordan as the two teams meet for the first time.

The Causeway Derby

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Been looking forward to this game ever since the World Cup Qualifiers were announced a few months back. OK, Malaysia had to overcome a tricky Chinese Taipei first but they did so and now we have it.
Singapore are one of the most successful teams in the history of Malaysian football, as Chairman Mao would have said the neighbours are like lips and teeth.

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Singapore fans may have queued overnight to buy tickets for the World Cup Qualifier against Malaysia this Saturday but they have been lees keen to commit to the second leg.
4,000 tickets were bought within hours of going on sale, though applicants could buy a maximum of four per person which could see a flooded black market and banks of empty seats if scalpers had moved in hoping for a quick killing.

CFA's programs unlikely to turn China's huge youth problems around in short-term

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The poor performance of China's national team is a concern for the entire Asian football family, the recent World Sport Group data on television audiences for the AFC Asian Cup disclosed this week. From an audience of 748 million in 2004 when China was a cup finalist, Asian Cup viewership has dived with that country's fading fortunes: 655 million in 2007 and 484 million in 2011.

China and South East Asia: key markets for rebuilding Asian Cup television audiences

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The Asian Football Confederation's exclusive marketing and media partner, Lagardere's Singapore-based subsidiary,  World Sport Group, has released selected data on the television audiences of the finals of the  2011 AFC Asian Cup played in Qatar during 7–29 January 2011. The figures indicate a significantly declining trend in the television audience when China and South East Asian countries are

Record TV Audiences for 2011 Qatar’s Asian Cup; 156.6 million Viewers in China

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Japan, China and Korea were the top three viewership markets with Japan capturing 43.2 percent of the total AFC Asian Cup 2011 audience, according to CSM Media Research released by the Asian Football Confederation

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Timor Leste Face AFC Wrath

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Days after the Chinese government told Super League clubs to reign in their sending, in AFC/FIFA land this is not for some reason considered government interference, comes the news the AFC have kicked Timor Leste out of the AFC Asian Cup 2023 for playing illegal foreigners in international matches since 2011.

AFC Asian Cup Draw

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Group A - Jordan, Syria, Oman, Singapore
Group B - Iran, Lebanon, Kuwait, Thailand
Group C - Iraq, China, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia
Group D - Qatar, Bahrain, Yemen, Malaysia
Group E - Uzbekistan, UAE, Hong Kong, Vietnam

Looks like there won't be any South East Asian nation going to Australia in 2015 with the possible exception of Vietnam and they have no easy ride.