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Gulf rivals trade barbs over 2022 World Cup in Qatar

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Doha (AFP) – Qatar reacted angrily Wednesday after its Gulf rival the United Arab Emirates questioned whether it should be allowed to host the 2022 football World Cup without a change of policy.

A UAE minister had said on Tuesday that Doha’s hosting of the tournament should include a commitment to fighting extremism, comments that threatened to engulf the sport in the diplomatic crisis that has riven the region since June.

Gulf rivals trade barbs over 2022 World Cup in Qatar

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Doha (AFP) – Qatar reacted angrily Wednesday after its Gulf rival the United Arab Emirates questioned whether it should be allowed to host the 2022 football World Cup without a change of policy.

A UAE minister had said on Tuesday that Doha’s hosting of the tournament should include a commitment to fighting extremism, comments that threatened to engulf the sport in the diplomatic crisis that has riven the region since June.

Al Ain, Al Hilal in goalless draw

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Al-Ain (United Arab Emirates) (AFP) – Al Ain and Al Hilal have it all to play for after an absorbing goalless draw in their Asian Champions League quarter-final first leg here on Monday.

In sweltering conditions, UAE’s Al Ain, the inaugural winners of the competition and the runners-up last year to South Korea’s Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, produced most of the chances but some stout defending prevented them from scoring.

Al Ain, Al Hilal in goalless draw

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Al-Ain (United Arab Emirates) (AFP) – Al Ain and Al Hilal have it all to play for after an absorbing goalless draw in their Asian Champions League quarter-final first leg here on Monday.

In sweltering conditions, UAE’s Al Ain, the inaugural winners of the competition and the runners-up last year to South Korea’s Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, produced most of the chances but some stout defending prevented them from scoring.

UAE score last-gasp equaliser in Thai World Cup qualifier

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Bangkok (AFP) – Ali Mabkhout’s stoppage-time equaliser gave the United Arab Emirates a stay of execution but a 1-1 draw with Thailand left their World Cup bid hanging by a thread on Tuesday.

The UAE were seconds from dropping out of the running for Russia 2018 when Mabkhout scored from close range after a knockdown in the third minute of added time.

UAE score last-gasp equaliser in Thai World Cup qualifier

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Bangkok (AFP) – Ali Mabkhout’s stoppage-time equaliser gave the United Arab Emirates a stay of execution but a 1-1 draw with Thailand left their World Cup bid hanging by a thread on Tuesday.

The UAE were seconds from dropping out of the running for Russia 2018 when Mabkhout scored from close range after a knockdown in the third minute of added time.

Football: Gulf crisis could hit Qatar 2022

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Doha (AFP) – The diplomatic crisis sweeping the Gulf could invigorate a campaign by critics of Qatar to strip Doha of the 2022 World Cup, experts said Monday.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen were among those to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on the grounds that Doha supported extremist groups “that aim to destabilise the region”.

Football: Gulf crisis could hit Qatar 2022

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Doha (AFP) – The diplomatic crisis sweeping the Gulf could invigorate a campaign by critics of Qatar to strip Doha of the 2022 World Cup, experts said Monday.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen were among those to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on the grounds that Doha supported extremist groups “that aim to destabilise the region”.

Don’t blow it, says Japan coach after UAE win

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Al-Ain (United Arab Emirates) (AFP) – Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic warned his players not to get “silly” after a 2-0 win in the United Arab Emirates moved them closer to a sixth successive World Cup.

Goals from Yuya Kubo and Yasuyuki Konno on Thursday kept the Blue Samurai level at the top of Group B with Saudi Arabia in the final round of Asian qualifiers for next year’s Russia World Cup with 13 points from six games.

Don’t blow it, says Japan coach after UAE win

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Al-Ain (United Arab Emirates) (AFP) – Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic warned his players not to get “silly” after a 2-0 win in the United Arab Emirates moved them closer to a sixth successive World Cup.

Goals from Yuya Kubo and Yasuyuki Konno on Thursday kept the Blue Samurai level at the top of Group B with Saudi Arabia in the final round of Asian qualifiers for next year’s Russia World Cup with 13 points from six games.

Japan’s Honda admits to ‘failure’ before UAE clash

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan’s Keisuke Honda has blamed his own shortcomings for sparking debate on his international future before this week’s World Cup qualifier in the United Arab Emirates, domestic media reported Tuesday.

Once a talismanic figure for Japan, the 30-year-old squeaked into coach Vahid Halilhodzic’s squad for Thursday’s clash despite being buried deep on the bench at AC Milan for much of the season.

Japan’s Honda admits to ‘failure’ before UAE clash

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan’s Keisuke Honda has blamed his own shortcomings for sparking debate on his international future before this week’s World Cup qualifier in the United Arab Emirates, domestic media reported Tuesday.

Once a talismanic figure for Japan, the 30-year-old squeaked into coach Vahid Halilhodzic’s squad for Thursday’s clash despite being buried deep on the bench at AC Milan for much of the season.

Asian title is ‘unforgettable dream’ for Jeonbuk

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Al-Ain (United Arab Emirates) (AFP) Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors' coach said they had achieved an "unforgettable dream" after regaining the AFC Champions League title in an incident-packed second leg of the final against Al Ain.

The South Korean club held on for a 1-1 draw and a 3-2 aggregate win after the UAE's Al Ain had missed a penalty and had their coach Zlatko Dalic sent to the stands in stormy scenes at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium.

Asian title is ‘unforgettable dream’ for Jeonbuk

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Al-Ain (United Arab Emirates) (AFP) Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors' coach said they had achieved an "unforgettable dream" after regaining the AFC Champions League title in an incident-packed second leg of the final against Al Ain.

The South Korean club held on for a 1-1 draw and a 3-2 aggregate win after the UAE's Al Ain had missed a penalty and had their coach Zlatko Dalic sent to the stands in stormy scenes at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium.

Jeonbuk Hyundai win Asian Champions League

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Al-Ain (United Arab Emirates) (AFP) South Korea's Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors won the Asian Champions League 3-2 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw with UAE's Al Ain in the final's second leg on Saturday.

An atmosphere of gloom enveloped the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium as home fans wept after Al Ain squandered a penalty to let Jeonbuk off the hook and let a second Asian Champions League crown slip through their hands.

Jeonbuk Hyundai win Asian Champions League

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Al-Ain (United Arab Emirates) (AFP) South Korea's Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors won the Asian Champions League 3-2 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw with UAE's Al Ain in the final's second leg on Saturday.

An atmosphere of gloom enveloped the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium as home fans wept after Al Ain squandered a penalty to let Jeonbuk off the hook and let a second Asian Champions League crown slip through their hands.

Cahill the hero for Australia, China hold Iran in World Cup qualifying

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Abu Dhabi (AFP) Tim Cahill came off the bench to score with only his second touch as Australia edged the United Arab Emirates 1-0 in 2018 World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old, who replaced Tomi Juric in the 71st minute at the Mohamed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, took only four minutes to ensure Australia's second win in five days in Group B of Asian qualifying.

Super-sub Cahill gives Australia win in UAE

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Abu Dhabi (AFP) Tim Cahill came off the bench to score with only his second touch as Australia edged the United Arab Emirates 1-0 in 2018 World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old, who replaced Tomi Juric in the 71st minute at the Mohamed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, took only four minutes to ensure Australia's second win in five days in Group B of Asian qualifying.

Super-sub Cahill gives Australia win in UAE

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Abu Dhabi (AFP) Tim Cahill came off the bench to score with only his second touch as Australia edged the United Arab Emirates 1-0 in 2018 World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old, who replaced Tomi Juric in the 71st minute at the Mohamed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, took only four minutes to ensure Australia's second win in five days in Group B of Asian qualifying.

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Diego Maradona Rolls Back Years To Score Impudent 20-Yard Freekick During Al-Fujairah Training Session (Video)

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There's every chance you may have missed the latest update, but Diego Maradona is currently under gainful employ out in the United Arab Emirates where he is head coach at Al-Fujairah SC.

Despite being a couple of months shy of his 57th birthday, Maradona has set about providing an example to his players, tucking away a lovely freekick during Tuesday morning's training session.

World Cup: Fahad Al-Muwallad Nets Wonder-Volley For Saudi Arabia v UAE (Video)

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Saudi Arabia went top of the Asian World Cup qualifying Group D on Tuesday, leapfrogging Australia after a 3-0 home win against United Arab Emirates. The game atJeddah's King Abdullah Sports Citywas lit up byFahad Al-Muwallad's stunning volley, which is surely a contender for goal of the season.

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Generation Next: Omar Abdulrahman – The ‘Emirati Maradona’ Manchester City wanted to sign

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Asian Cup 2015 Debrief: Qatar – A campaign of disappointment and broken promises

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Asian Cup 2015: Japan – Three reasons behind the Samurai Blue’s early exit

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Asian Cup 2015: Best XI of the tournament

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Asian Cup 2015: Semi-Final preview – Australia vs. the United Arab Emirates

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Australia vs United Arab Emirates Asian Cup semi-final: Preview and prediction

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Australia and South Korea are the favorites to meet in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup final but Australia mustdismiss the United Arab Emiratesto book a place in the final against the Korea team that defeated Iraq 2-0 earlier on Monday.

Of the four quarter-finals,only Australia came through their match without the need for extra-time.

Australia vs United Arab Emirates Asian Cup semi-final: Preview and prediction

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Australia and South Korea are the favorites to meet in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup final but Australia mustdismiss the United Arab Emiratesto book a place in the final against the Korea team that defeated Iraq 2-0 earlier on Monday.

Of the four quarter-finals,only Australia came through their match without the need for extra-time.

Asian Cup 2015: Best XI of the Group Stages

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Asian Cup 2015 Quarter Final previews: Who is going to win the tournament?

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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.

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.

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Asian Champions League 2015: Eight players to watch as quarter finals kick off

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Hot Shot Fabiano

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Back in the day there used to be a cartoon character named Hot Shot Hamish. As can be inferred by the name he was a Scottish player with a very hard shot.

Patrick Fabiano isn't Scottish. He was born in Brazil in 1987 but like many of his compatriots decided to seek fame and fortune overseas and after stints in Bolivia and Mexico found himself signing for Kuwaiti side Al Nasr in 2009/2010.