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Jan 10, 2015

Luongo, Cahill put Australia 2-1 up at halftime vs Kuwait

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia talisman Tim Cahill and midfielder Massimo Luongo struck before the break to put the hosts 2-1 up against Kuwait and cap a pulsating first half of their Asian Cup opener in Melbourne on Friday.

Luongo leaped in front of Cahill to head in a cross from defender Ivan Franjic and 30,000 fans at Melbourne’s Rectangular Stadium roared with delight after they were earlier left stunned by Kuwaiti Hussain Fadhel’s headed goal after eight minutes.

Jan 9, 2015

Australia hammer Kuwait 4-1 in stunning Asian Cup start

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia shook off a nervous start and an early goal before trampling over Kuwait 4-1 to kick off their home Asian Cup in emphatic style in Melbourne on Friday.

Young midfielder Massimo Luongo shone for the home side, setting up a goal for Socceroos talisman Tim Cahill in the 33rd minute before heading in one of his own two minutes before the break in front of 30,000 spectators at the Rectangular Stadium.

Jan 9, 2015

Kuwait footballing history shaped by political winds

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Decades have passed since Kuwait’s halcyon days as a powerhouse of Asian soccer, but the tiny Gulf nation has retained its clout as a major player in the sport’s labyrinthine politics.

Kuwaiti Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah holds no official title with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), but the Olympic Council of Asia boss may be the game’s most influential powerbroker after FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Jan 8, 2015

Asia must remain united behind Blatter: official

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The Asian Football Confederation supports Sepp Blatter’s bid to secure a fifth consecutive term as FIFA president, according to AFC general secretary Alex Soosay.

Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein’s decision to run for world soccer’s top job has breathed new life into the presidential race but the 39-year-old faces an uphill task to convince members of Asia’s 47-nation bloc to abandon their backing for Blatter.

Jan 8, 2015

Soccer-Asia must remain united behind Blatter – official

MELBOURNE, Jan 9 (Reuters) – The Asian Football Confederation supports Sepp Blatter’s bid to secure a fifth consecutive term as FIFA president, according to AFC general secretary Alex Soosay.

Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein’s decision to run for world soccer’s top job has breathed new life into the presidential race but the 39-year-old faces an uphill task to convince members of Asia’s 47-nation bloc to abandon their backing for Blatter.

Jan 8, 2015

Australia praying for positive start in Asian Cup

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – An anxious Australia will hope to avert an attack of stage-fright in their Asian Cup opener against Kuwait on Friday which kicks off the biggest soccer tournament ever hosted in the sports-mad country.

Doubts have swirled around the young Socceroos lineup who have struggled to gel under new coach Ange Postecoglou and bring a record of one win from their 11 matches last year.

Jan 8, 2015

Soccer-Australia praying for positive start in Asian Cup

MELBOURNE, Jan 8 (Reuters) – An anxious Australia will hope to avert an attack of stage-fright in their Asian Cup opener against Kuwait on Friday which kicks off the biggest soccer tournament ever hosted in the sports-mad country.

Doubts have swirled around the young Socceroos lineup who have struggled to gel under new coach Ange Postecoglou and bring a record of one win from their 11 matches last year.

Jan 8, 2015

AFC to scrap mandatory woman vice-president – Dodd

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The Asian Football Confederation will no longer reserve one of its vice president positions exclusively for women in an amendment set to be put to an extraordinary congress on Friday, AFC vice president Moya Dodd confirmed on Thursday.

Australian lawyer Dodd, the sole woman among the AFC’s sitting vice presidents, also confirmed the congress in Melbourne would hear a proposal to create a fifth regional grouping of nations, with Central Asia to split from its current Central/South Asia zoning.

Jan 8, 2015

Soccer-AFC to scrap mandatory woman vice-president – Dodd

MELBOURNE, Jan 8 (Reuters) – The Asian Football Confederation will no longer reserve one of its vice president positions exclusively for women in an amendment set to be put to an extraordinary congress on Friday, AFC vice president Moya Dodd confirmed on Thursday.

Australian lawyer Dodd, the sole woman among the AFC’s sitting vice presidents, also confirmed the congress in Melbourne would hear a proposal to create a fifth regional grouping of nations, with Central Asia to split from its current Central/South Asia zoning.

Jan 7, 2015

Keeping Queiroz was vital for Iran – Dejagah

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Retaining master coach Carlos Queiroz was not only a boon for Iran’s national football team but a coup for the game in the Middle Eastern nation, according to midfielder Ashkan Dejagah.

Former Portugal and Real Madrid manager Queiroz will guide his under-prepared but highly fancied side into the Asian Cup finals in Australia, seeking to harness the team spirit that won admiration at the World Cup last year.

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      "Based in home-town of Melbourne covering sports in Australia and New Zealand and a member of the Asia Sports desk. Previously covered general news and politics in Beijing with a special focus on the Beijing 2008 Olympics."
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