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Australia

Malaysia Upset At Asian Cup Failure

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With the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers done and dusted and no representatives from South East Asia planning flights and hotels to Australia for next January, the recriminations have begun and nowhere, it seems, more virulently than Malaysia.

Critics there have been quick to point out to the money spent on sending Harimau Muda to play in Slovakia, Singapore and this year to compete in the Queensland Premier League in Australia.

Will Australia Finally Embrace Asian Football in 2014?

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As the clock ticked over into 2014 it was not just a time of reflection on the year that was, but also a chance to look forward to what lay ahead and make your wishes for 2014. My wish, football wise anyway, is that 2014 is the year that Australia finally embraces Asian football.

Since joining the AFC in 2006 Australians haven't so much embraced Asian football as tolerated it.

Japan

A Bit About the Big Arch

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The Big Arch is ready for the U-20 FIFA WWC

Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium opened in 1992 as the venue for the 199s Asian Cup. Japan won the title that year, defeating Saudi Arabia 1-0 in the Final at the Big Arch.

The stadium also hosted the 1994 Asian Games.

The Monday Profile: Tadanari Lee

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For today's profile, we welcome back Michael Hudson, a long standing friend of the blog and the mastermind behind The Accidental Groundhopper website. Here, Michael, who can be followed on Twitter at @DolphinHotel, turns his attention to a player on the brink of signing for Southampton, drawing as he does on his immense experience following the game in Asia.

World Cup

Confederations Cup venues announced

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Brazil has revealed the venues for the 2013 Confederations Cup, the now traditional warm-up for the following season's World Cup Finals.

The six stadia for the eight-team competition are as follows:

Belo Horizonte (Mineirao) - 70,000Brasilia (Nacional) - 71,500Fortaleza (Castelao) - 67,000Recife (Pernambuco) - 44,000Rio (Maracana) - 76,500Salvador (Fonte Nova) - 56,500

The tournament, which will take place between the 15th and 30th of June 2013, has five of the eight finalists confirmed already.

Japan adidas 2012/13 Home Kit

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The Japan Football Association and adidas have launched the Japan adidas 2012/13 home kit. It will be used by the Blue Samurai in their quest for a fifth successive qualification for the FIFA World Cup. Currently ranked 19th in the world by FIFA, Japan is the defending Asian Cup champion and has moved on to [.

SEA Games

Malaysian Signs For Portuguese Side

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SINGAPORE - Jakarta's Gelora Bung Karno Stadium is one of Asia's most inhospitable venues for visiting teams, but even the vitriol spat from 100,000 partisan fans did not faze Nazmi Faiz when Malaysia upset hosts Indonesia to defend their men's under-23 football gold medal at last November's SEA Games final.

Raja Takes It On The Chin

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Malaysia are currently going through their most successful time in a bloody long time. ASEAN Cup winners, two time SEA Games winners, got further than any other regional side in the Olympic Qualifiers, Malaysia at the moment are too big for ASEAN yet too small for the wider Asia.
With its weak domestic infrastructure, constant doubts about the fairness of the games and strong state Football Associations Malaysia is nowhere near ready to take on Asia on a level playing field, no matter how good the players and the coach are.

Over to you, Coach Raddy...

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National coach Raddy Avramovic (pictured right) has been pretty quiet of late since he was named as an advisor to the Lions XII team months back.

With the media attention being shifted to focus on other issues such as the "come-and-go of Johan Gouttefangeas", the ongoing fixation on the tournament as the result of the joint-MOU signed last year, everyone seems to have forgotten about the concluding match of the faltering World Cup qualifiers against Iraq in Qatar.

A Tour Too Much

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The Malaysian football league may not have many teams. Just 14 in the top flight Super League and 12 in the Super League. But when you add the FA Cup and the Malaysia Cup what you have is a domestic season that begins in January and finishes at the end of October. Then the best players get to prepare for the SEA Games or the AFF Cup depending which year we are in.

AFC Asian Cup

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 [.

Video Blogs

Arsenal 7 – 1 Blackburn (H) – Video Postgame

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Welcome to the video blog by Jules for Arsenalinsider.com. Jules takes us through the one all draw against Wolves on Tuesday.

Stunning beauty Jules Wheeler discovered a love of performing at an early age. Her talent for acting and dance quickly stood out and Jules was offered a place at the prestigious child actors school London's 'Anna Scher'.

Arsenal 1 – 0 Leeds Utd (H) FA Cup – Video Blog

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Welcome to the video blog by Jules for Arsenalinsider.com. Jules takes us through the one bill win against Leeds on Monday.

Stunning beauty Jules Wheeler discovered a love of performing at an early age. Her talent for acting and dance quickly stood out and Jules was offered a place at the prestigious child actors school London's 'Anna Scher'.

Arsenal 1 – 1 Wolves – Video Blog

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Welcome to the video blog by Jules for Arsenalinsider.com. Jules takes us through the one all draw against Wolves on Tuesday.

Stunning beauty Jules Wheeler discovered a love of performing at an early age. Her talent for acting and dance quickly stood out and Jules was offered a place at the prestigious child actors school London's 'Anna Scher'.

Arsenal 1 – 1 Wolves – Video Blog

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Welcome to the video blog by Jules for Arsenalinsider.com. Jules takes us through the one all draw against Wolves on Tuesday.

Stunning beauty Jules Wheeler discovered a love of performing at an early age. Her talent for acting and dance quickly stood out and Jules was offered a place at the prestigious child actors school London's 'Anna Scher'.

Arsenal 1 – 0 Everton (H) 125th Birthday – Video Blog

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Welcome to the video blog by Jules for Arsenalinsider.com. Jules takes us through the 125th Birthday win over Everton on Sturday.

Stunning beauty Jules Wheeler discovered a love of performing at an early age. Her talent for acting and dance quickly stood out and Jules was offered a place at the prestigious child actors school London's 'Anna Scher'.

Arsenal 1 – 0 Everton (H) 125th Birthday – Video Blog

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Welcome to the video blog by Jules for Arsenalinsider.com. Jules takes us through the 125th Birthday win over Everton on Sturday.

Stunning beauty Jules Wheeler discovered a love of performing at an early age. Her talent for acting and dance quickly stood out and Jules was offered a place at the prestigious child actors school London's 'Anna Scher'.

Welcome to the video blog by Jules for Arsenalinsider.com. Jules takes us throug

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Welcome to the video blog by Jules for Arsenalinsider.com. Jules takes us through the defeat to Olympiakos Tuesday evening.

Stunning beauty Jules Wheeler discovered a love of performing at an early age. Her talent for acting and dance quickly stood out and Jules was offered a place at the prestigious child actors school London's 'Anna Scher'.

Welcome to the video blog by Jules for Arsenalinsider.com. Jules takes us throug

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Welcome to the video blog by Jules for Arsenalinsider.com. Jules takes us through the defeat to Olympiakos Tuesday evening.

Stunning beauty Jules Wheeler discovered a love of performing at an early age. Her talent for acting and dance quickly stood out and Jules was offered a place at the prestigious child actors school London's 'Anna Scher'.

Video Blog: Wigan 0 – 4 Arsenal

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Welcome to the video blog by Jules for Arsenalinsider.com. Jules takes us through the win over Wigan at the weekend.

Stunning beauty Jules Wheeler discovered a love of performing at an early age. Her talent for acting and dance quickly stood out and Jules was offered a place at the prestigious child actors school London's 'Anna Scher'.

Video Blog: Wigan 0 – 4 Arsenal

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Welcome to the video blog by Jules for Arsenalinsider.com. Jules takes us through the win over Wigan at the weekend.

Stunning beauty Jules Wheeler discovered a love of performing at an early age. Her talent for acting and dance quickly stood out and Jules was offered a place at the prestigious child actors school London's 'Anna Scher'.

Video Blog: Arsenal 0 – 1 Manchester City

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Welcome to the video blog by Jules for Arsenalinsider.com. Jules takes us through the Carling Cup match against Man City.

Stunning beauty Jules Wheeler discovered a love of performing at an early age. Her talent for acting and dance quickly stood out and Jules was offered a place at the prestigious child actors school London's 'Anna Scher'.

Video Blog – Arsenal 2 – 1 Norwich

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Welcome to the video blog by Jules for Arsenalinsider.com. Jules takes us through the win over Norwich on Saturday.

Stunning beauty Jules Wheeler discovered a love of performing at an early age. Her talent for acting and dance quickly stood out and Jules was offered a place at the prestigious child actors school London's 'Anna Scher'.

Arsenal 0 – Marseille 0: Video Blog

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Welcome to the video blog by Jules for Arsenalinsider.com. Jules takes us through the draw with Marseille on Tuesday.

Bio on Jules Wheeler:

Stunning beauty Jules Wheeler discovered a love of performing at an early age. Her talent for acting and dance quickly stood out and Jules was offered a place at the prestigious child actors school London's 'Anna Scher'.

Arsenal 0 – Marseille 0: Video Blog

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Welcome to the video blog by Jules for Arsenalinsider.com. Jules takes us through the draw with Marseille on Tuesday.

Bio on Jules Wheeler:

Stunning beauty Jules Wheeler discovered a love of performing at an early age. Her talent for acting and dance quickly stood out and Jules was offered a place at the prestigious child actors school London's 'Anna Scher'.

Real Madrid

Muang Thong United's Tough End Of Season

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In many ways they were the team that propelled Thai football into the national consciousness. Chonburi maybe were the first to develop a local identity, to build a team that people could recognize as being their very own after an era when club sides like BEC Tero Sasana and Thai Farmers; Bank may have won kudos overseas for their Asian Cup exploits but struggled locally to make much of an impact.

WCR Top 25 Clubs in the World - 1998

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Since we're in the midst of another international break, this week's edition of the WCR Top 25 Clubs in the World goes back in time to 1998.
1998 marked the fourth year in a row that Juventus ended up either on top of the Annual Rankings or with the European Champions Cup. Once again, Juventus finished atop the rankings despite being runner-up in the UEFA Champions League, losing 0-1 to Real Madrid in the final, since Real Madrid could manage no better than a fourth-place finish in La Liga's Primera División.

The Rest

A "BlastFromThePast" post suggested...

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Flashback July 2007I am kind of busy with my day job commitments that I am not able to devote much of my time on local football of late.

Which is why I thought it is not a bad idea to have those "BlastFromThePast" archival postings via the blog's Facebook page to allow readers to reminisce some interesting entries from the past.

Guy to Join Guam National Team

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On Wednesday, Revolution midfielder Ryan Guy announced his intentions of joining the Guam National Team. (Photo: Kari Heistad)

Ryan Guy may not be on Jurgen Klinsmann's radar, but that won't stop the Revolution midfielder from earning his first international cap before the close of the calendar year.

Asian Cup legacy for Canberra football - I want to hear the plan

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"We're building a platform," Michael Brown says. "We want to leave a legacy – we often talk about how good it's going to be – but what is it? How do we define it?
"We'll see other legacies in the fact that we need to upgrade some stadia and venues, and they will be local football facilities.

The Kagawa Kid – Facts and Videos You Won’t Have Seen

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1. Shinji Kagawa 香川真司 means "true ruler" in Japanese.
2. He was born in Kobe on March 17th and turns 24-years-old this season.
3. He will be the 11th smallest player in the Premier League, two inches taller than Shaun Wright-Phillips, one inch taller than Jermaine Defoe and the same height as Juan Mata.

FFA? When will the A-League clubs make money?

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Back in 2003 when the NSL died and we had to wait an eternity for football to be played professionally again in Australia it all seemed so grim.

And yet we true believers have been on a roller-coaster of emotion, more so, much more than any other code.

Most codes rumble on with their home and away season, great crowds in AFL land, less so in League, and Union is a nice part-time sport tacked on at the edges, domestically at least.

The Nonsense Continues

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Tuesday's dueling news conferences offered viewers a microcosm of the twisting tale that is Indonesian football.

Amid the hubbub over the sensational arrival of former national team coach Alfred Riedl, the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) suddenly shifted course and said it would once again allow players from the breakaway Indonesian Super League to turn out for the Merah Putih.

Schwarzer Out, Etheridge In, Stockdale back

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Oh boy.

Following an assessment by a specialist consultant on Tuesday evening, the Club can confirm that he has sustained a compression injury to his thoracic spine and that he will be unavailable for 4 to 6 weeks, and is expected to return to play towards the end of January.

The Club has exercised a clause in the loan contract of David Stockdale, and he has been recalled from Ipswich Town to join the squad.

$7 million for football (Asian Cup), more to come - Smith Report out today.

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$7 million for early work associated with hosting the 2015 Asian Cup.

From the Smith Report into Football released today

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