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War-torn Syria keep World Cup hopes alive

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Omar Kharbin struck twice as war-torn Syria gave their 2018 World Cup dreams a huge boost with a 3-1 win over Qatar in Melaka, Malaysia, on Tuesday.

The result propelled Syria, forced to play all their home games in Malaysia because of the civil war back home, to third position in Group A and a potential playoff spot.

Malaysia urged to stay grounded in SEA Games’ football final

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Malaysia’s coach urged his team to keep their feet on the ground and not be swept up by a wave of excitement in Tuesday’s Southeast Asian Games men’s football final against Thailand.

Expectations are sky-high after the hosts narrowly beat Indonesia 1-0 in the semi-finals to stand on the verge of their sixth title in the competition, which is for under-22s.

Late blows jolt China, Qatar shock South Korea

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Ahmad Al Salih’s late strike dealt a body blow to China’s faltering quest to reach a second World Cup on Tuesday, as blockaded Qatar kept their slimmest of hopes alive with a shock 3-2 victory over South Korea.

Marcello Lippi’s China were within reach of only their second win in Group A when Al Salih curled home a free-kick in injury time to leave the scores at 2-2 in their Group A match.

Late blows jolt China, Qatar shock South Korea

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Ahmad Al Salih’s late strike dealt a body blow to China’s faltering quest to reach a second World Cup on Tuesday, as blockaded Qatar kept their slimmest of hopes alive with a shock 3-2 victory over South Korea.

Marcello Lippi’s China were within reach of only their second win in Group A when Al Salih curled home a free-kick in injury time to leave the scores at 2-2 in their Group A match.

Late blows jolt China, Japan in World Cup qualifying

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Ahmad Al Salih’s late strike dealt a body blow to China’s faltering quest to reach a second World Cup on Tuesday, as Japan’s serene progress received a jolt from Iraq.

Marcello Lippi’s China were within reach of only their second win in Group A when Al Salih curled home a free kick in injury time to leave the scores at 2-2.

Late blows jolt China, Japan in World Cup qualifying

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Ahmad Al Salih’s late strike dealt a body blow to China’s faltering quest to reach a second World Cup on Tuesday, as Japan’s serene progress received a jolt from Iraq.

Marcello Lippi’s China were within reach of only their second win in Group A when Al Salih curled home a free kick in injury time to leave the scores at 2-2.

Late Syria strike dims China’s World Cup hopes

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Ahmad Al Salih’s injury-time free kick dealt China’s already faint World Cup hopes another body blow as they were held 2-2 by Syria on Tuesday.

China had fought back from Syria’s first-half penalty to lead 2-1 before the bearded Al Salih skilfully converted from the edge of the ‘D’ in the third added minute.

Late Syria strike dims China’s World Cup hopes

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Ahmad Al Salih’s injury-time free kick dealt China’s already faint World Cup hopes another body blow as they were held 2-2 by Syria on Tuesday.

China had fought back from Syria’s first-half penalty to lead 2-1 before the bearded Al Salih skilfully converted from the edge of the ‘D’ in the third added minute.

Jeju players suspended after violent scenes in AFC Champions League

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Three Jeju United players were suspended for up to six months on Friday after an AFC Champions League knock-out game against Urawa Red Diamonds descended into violence.

Cho Yong-Hyung was banned for six months and fined $20,000 for pushing the referee after he was sent off in the last-16 game on May 31, which ended in a mass brawl.

China giants set for blockbuster AFC Champions League quarter-final

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Two-time winners Guangzhou Evergrande were drawn against Shanghai SIPG in a blockbuster, all-Chinese AFC Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.

Evergrande, who won the Asian title in 2013 and 2015, will play SIPG - their closest rivals in the Chinese Super League - over two legs in August and September.

China giants set for blockbuster AFC Champions League quarter-final

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Two-time winners Guangzhou Evergrande were drawn against Shanghai SIPG in a blockbuster, all-Chinese AFC Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.

Evergrande, who won the Asian title in 2013 and 2015, will play SIPG - their closest rivals in the Chinese Super League - over two legs in August and September.

Malaysia football chief in North Korea poison warning

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Malaysia’s football chief on Thursday said he was worried about players being deliberately poisoned if their controversial Asian Cup qualifier goes ahead in North Korea’s Pyongyang.

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim called for the game to be moved to a neutral venue, saying he was concerned over player safety.

Malaysia football chief in North Korea poison warning

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Malaysia’s football chief on Thursday said he was worried about players being deliberately poisoned if their controversial Asian Cup qualifier goes ahead in North Korea’s Pyongyang.

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim called for the game to be moved to a neutral venue, saying he was concerned over player safety.

Malaysia appeals against Pyongyang football venue

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Malaysia has lodged an appeal against having to play an Asian Cup qualifier against North Korea in Pyongyang, Asian football’s governing body said Wednesday.

“There is an appeal from FAM. We are looking into it,” said Windsor John, secretary-general of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

North Korea-Malaysia football match to be played in Pyongyang

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – An Asian Cup qualifier between North Korea and Malaysia will be played in Pyongyang, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced Monday, despite strained ties over an assassination in Kuala Lumpur.

The killing of Kim Jong-Nam - the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un - in February sparked a diplomatic row which saw both countries banning each other’s citizens from leaving and withdrawing their ambassadors.

North Korea-Malaysia football match to be played in Pyongyang

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – An Asian Cup qualifier between North Korea and Malaysia will be played in Pyongyang, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced Monday, despite strained ties over an assassination in Kuala Lumpur.

The killing of Kim Jong-Nam - the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un - in February sparked a diplomatic row which saw both countries banning each other’s citizens from leaving and withdrawing their ambassadors.

Iran’s Esteghlal fined over laser beams

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Iran’s Esteghlal FC have been fined $51,000 after fans flashed laser beams at opposing players and referees during AFC Champions League games, Asia’s football body said on Wednesday.

Esteghlal supporters flashed lasers during their Champions qualifier against Al Sadd in February, and again in their group stage game against Uzbekistan’s PFC Lokomotiv, the Asian Football Confederation said.

Iran’s Esteghlal fined over laser beams

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Iran’s Esteghlal FC have been fined $51,000 after fans flashed laser beams at opposing players and referees during AFC Champions League games, Asia’s football body said on Wednesday.

Esteghlal supporters flashed lasers during their Champions qualifier against Al Sadd in February, and again in their group stage game against Uzbekistan’s PFC Lokomotiv, the Asian Football Confederation said.

North Korea vs Malaysia football match set for June 8

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – An Asian Cup qualifier between Malaysia and North Korea which was postponed after their diplomatic ties soured will now be held on June 8, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced Wednesday.

The killing of Kim Jong-Nam in Kuala Lumpur International Airport last month triggered a bitter row between Malaysia and North Korea, which have expelled each other’s ambassadors and refused to let their citizens leave.

22 footballers from Laos, Cambodia get life bans for fixing

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Twenty-two players and officials from Laos and Cambodia have been handed life bans in one of Asian football’s biggest mass punishments for match-fixing.

The Asian Football Confederation said the action follows an investigation that started in 2014, and that it will seek to have the bans extended worldwide.

22 footballers from Laos, Cambodia get life bans for fixing

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Twenty-two players and officials from Laos and Cambodia have been handed life bans in one of Asian football’s biggest mass punishments for match-fixing.

The Asian Football Confederation said the action follows an investigation that started in 2014, and that it will seek to have the bans extended worldwide.

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.

Asian champs Jeonbuk banned from 2017 season

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Asian title-holders Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors have been banned from this year's AFC Champions League over a match-fixing scandal in South Korea's K-League, Asia's football governing body said on Wednesday.

"The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) independent Entry Control Body today declared that Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (KOR) is ineligible to participate in AFC competitions for the 2017 season due to its indirect involvement in activities aimed at arranging or influencing the outcome of matches during the 2013 and 2014 K-League seasons,"the confederation said in a statement.

Asian champs Jeonbuk banned from 2017 season

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Asian title-holders Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors have been banned from this year's AFC Champions League over a match-fixing scandal in South Korea's K-League, Asia's football governing body said on Wednesday.

"The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) independent Entry Control Body today declared that Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (KOR) is ineligible to participate in AFC competitions for the 2017 season due to its indirect involvement in activities aimed at arranging or influencing the outcome of matches during the 2013 and 2014 K-League seasons,"the confederation said in a statement.

Laos footballers suspended in match-fixing probe

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) The Asian Football Confederation said on Monday it had provisionally suspended four Laos national-team members as it investigates suspected manipulation of "multiple matches" going back years.

The players Saynakhonevieng Phommapanya, Chintana Souksavath, Moukda Souksavath and Phatthana Syvilay were provisionally suspended for 60 days for "various violations.

Laos footballers suspended in match-fixing probe

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) The Asian Football Confederation said on Monday it had provisionally suspended four Laos national-team members as it investigates suspected manipulation of "multiple matches" going back years.

The players Saynakhonevieng Phommapanya, Chintana Souksavath, Moukda Souksavath and Phatthana Syvilay were provisionally suspended for 60 days for "various violations.

Malaysia

Syria World Cup qualifier moved to Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) War-torn Syria's World Cup qualifier with South Korea has been moved to Malaysia, the Asian Football Confederation saidon Thursday, after Macau was a late withdrawal as host.

A breakdown in talks between Syria and Macau threw preparations for Tuesday's game into disarray, with South Korea forced to cancel their bookings for the southern Chinese territory.

Syria World Cup qualifier moved to Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) War-torn Syria's World Cup qualifier with South Korea has been moved to Malaysia, the Asian Football Confederation saidon Thursday, after Macau was a late withdrawal as host.

A breakdown in talks between Syria and Macau threw preparations for Tuesday's game into disarray, with South Korea forced to cancel their bookings for the southern Chinese territory.

Czech Coach Among Those Banned by Malaysia

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian football authorities have imposed a lifetime ban on five players and three officials for match-fixing in the domestic league, a senior football official said Saturday.
The eight, who represented Kuala Lumpur, were also slapped with a 20,000 ringgit ($6,084) fine each, part of Football Association of Malaysia's (FAM) push to fight match-rigging in the Southeast Asian country.

Barcelona Make Last-Minute Changes To Malaysia Friendly Venue Due To “Poor Pitch Conditions”

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The Barcelona first team team are in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the final days of their Asian preseason tour and after two days of intense training and commercial activities, they will play their final friendly match tonight.

However, the venue originally intended to be at the 98,000-seater Bukit Jalil stadium has now been changed to the Shah Alam stadium due to the poor pitch quality.

Arsenal

Asian Tours Mumblings

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The last time I wrote, I was preparing to go over to Jakarta for the first of Arsenal's pre season friendlies. Time flies and it's 10 days later as I update the blog again. The pre season is now in full flow and Arsenal have played another match since Jakarta. Other teams are also on tour and have completed at least one friendly.

From A Fan To A Staff [Part I]

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JJ is not in the picture, just wanted to show a picture of staffs at work

Today I've got something special for you. An insight into the life and duty of an Arsenal journalist. During Arsenal's visit to Kuala Lumpur, I managed to meet up with Josh James and have a short chat with him. Josh was kind enough to spare some to with me and this is what we talked about.

The Right Mix of Attack and Defence

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Following orders

After a long trip to opposite parts of the world, the team will rejoin again this week at London Colney to prepare in earnest for the upcoming season. I'm not sure when the players are scheduled to restart their training. Maybe they get an extra day to recover from their travelling exertions.

Manchester City

Roberto Mancini And David Platt Show They Still Have It

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Manchester City proved they had the best team in the Premier League last season, and their coaches show that they are not bad themselves.

Filmed at an open training session in the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur ahead of Manchester City's game against a Malaysia XI. The Blue's coaching staff are involved in a 5-a-side game where assistant coach David Platt rolls back the years with an exquisite overhead bicycle kick.

Platt Rein-Acts Wayne Rooney’s Bicycle Kick

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Manchester City coach David Platt rein-acts Wayne Rooney's bicycle kick winner against City two season's ago in a 5 a side in Kuala Lumpur.

A Far Eastern farce?

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How has the Far Eastern tour helped in our pre-season preparation?

The bald facts are: Played 3, Won 1, Lost 1, Drawn 1. Hardly an inspiring set of results. The matches were played in dense humidity (Kuala Lumpur), pouring rain (Beijing) and dense humidity (Hong Kong). Not the sort of climatic conditions to be expected in our first three Premiership matches of the fast approaching new season: The Emirates, Stoke-on-Trent and Liverpool.

The Rest

Kuala Lumpur Enjoy Flying Start

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It's not that Kuala Lumpur's glory days are that far behind them. Their trophy haul in the late 1980s would have other capital city sides like Tottenham or Hertha burning with envy. Champions in 1986 and 1988; Malaysia Cup winners in '87, '88 and '89, Charity Shield ('88) and the ASEAN Club Championship in 1989 is no bad collection by anyone's standards.

Kelamtan's Late Comeback

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With eight minutes remaining on the clock, Kelantan were down and out of the Malaysia Cup. Despite winning the first leg in Kuala Lumpur 2-1 against ATM, or Armed Forces, a first half brace from veteran striker Marlon Alex James had given the visitors the lead and put them on the verge of a finals appearance.