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May 27, 2015

Thais target football gold, Indos just want to play

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – At the Southeast Asian Games, the men’s football gold medal carries more weight than any of the other 400 on offer in a region where football bragging rights are the most priceless of commodities.

The importance of winning the 11-nation tournament led Thailand and Vietnam to move their World Cup qualifying fixture after a request to FIFA, while domestic action in other countries has also been put on hold.

May 27, 2015

Thais target soccer gold, Indos just want to play

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – At the Southeast Asian Games, the men’s soccer gold medal carries more weight than any of the other 400 on offer in a region where football bragging rights are the most priceless of commodities.

The importance of winning the 11-nation tournament led Thailand and Vietnam to move their World Cup qualifying fixture after a request to FIFA, while domestic action in other countries has also been put on hold.

May 27, 2015

Games-Thais target soccer gold, Indos just want to play

SINGAPORE, May 27 (Reuters) – At the Southeast Asian Games, the men’s soccer gold medal carries more weight than any of the other 400 on offer in a region where football bragging rights are the most priceless of commodities.

The importance of winning the 11-nation tournament led Thailand and Vietnam to move their World Cup qualifying fixture after a request to FIFA, while domestic action in other countries has also been put on hold.

May 12, 2015

Premier League promote local perks of lucrative tours

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – With the English Premier League medals decided, the sport’s marketing mammoth is looking east to mine the riches of Asia once again, promising value in return for a glimpse of its stars amid a small but growing resistant voice.

Champions Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are due to play friendlies in the region, including games in Australia, Thailand and Malaysia, while the league’s official Asian Trophy, featuring Arsenal, Stoke City and Everton, will he staged in Singapore in July.

May 12, 2015

Soccer-Premier League promote local perks of lucrative tours

SINGAPORE, May 12 (Reuters) – With the English Premier League medals decided, the sport’s marketing mammoth is looking east to mine the riches of Asia once again, promising value in return for a glimpse of its stars amid a small but growing resistant voice.

Champions Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are due to play friendlies in the region, including games in Australia, Thailand and Malaysia, while the league’s official Asian Trophy, featuring Arsenal, Stoke City and Everton, will he staged in Singapore in July.

Apr 29, 2015

Malaysian fans call for boycott of Premier League ‘circus’

By Patrick Johnston

(Reuters) – Malaysia’s money-spinning fixtures against English Premier League sides Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are nothing more than circus matches, according to a local supporters’ group who have called on fans to boycott the games.

A Malaysian XI will play Spurs on May 24 and Liverpool on July 24, which has led to local top flight matches being re-arranged to accommodate the English sides.

Apr 29, 2015

Soccer-Malaysian fans call for boycott of Premier League ‘circus’

April 29 (Reuters) – Malaysia’s money-spinning fixtures against English Premier League sides Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are nothing more than circus matches, according to a local supporters’ group who have called on fans to boycott the games.

A Malaysian XI will play Spurs on May 24 and Liverpool on July 24, which has led to local top flight matches being re-arranged to accommodate the English sides.

Apr 29, 2015

Soccer-Malaysian fans call for boycott of Premier League ‘circus’

April 29 (Reuters) – Malaysia’s money-spinning fixtures against English Premier League sides Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are nothing more than circus matches, according to a local supporters’ group who have called on fans to boycott the games.

A Malaysian XI will play Spurs on May 24 and Liverpool on July 24, which has led to local top flight matches being re-arranged to accommodate the English sides.

Apr 8, 2015

Bhutan praying for dream Japan tie in World Cup

By Patrick Johnston

(Reuters) – When the second round draw for Asian World Cup qualifying takes place in Kuala Lumpur next week, fans, players and officials in the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan will be praying for one outcome.

“The people here want Japan because most of the youth out here are fans of Kagawa because he played for Manchester United,” Bhutan Football Federation official Phutsho Wangdi told Reuters.

Apr 8, 2015

Soccer-Bhutan praying for dream Japan tie in World Cup

April 8 (Reuters) – When the second round draw for Asian World Cup qualifying takes place in Kuala Lumpur next week, fans, players and officials in the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan will be praying for one outcome.

“The people here want Japan because most of the youth out here are fans of Kagawa because he played for Manchester United,” Bhutan Football Federation official Phutsho Wangdi told Reuters.