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Jan 2, 2015

Soccer-Plucky Palestine ready to surprise Down Under

Jan 2 (Reuters) – Palestine’s first Asian Cup finals appearance is likely to end in three defeats and a group stage exit but the rank outsiders have long proved capable of punching above their weight.

They held China to a goalless draw in an Asian Cup warm up in December to give them hope of taking points from a tricky Group D featuring Jordan and the last two winners of the continental tournament — Iraq and Japan.

Jan 2, 2015

Soccer-Wilkins struggling for right formula with Jordan

Jan 2 (Reuters) – When Ray Wilkins took charge of Jordan in September the former England captain boldly stated he wanted to win the Asian Cup, but three tough months later he could not be any further from his aim.

Wilkins and his assistant, former Manchester United and Arsenal striker Frank Stapleton, have managed only five defeats and a draw in friendly matches since taking over, a tough learning curve in Jordanian and Asian football.

Dec 31, 2014

Age old problems leave Asian Cup an open race

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The Asian Cup heads to Australia for the first time next month with the scars of a woeful 2014 World Cup for the continent and the recurring problems of match-fixing and swift sackings leaving the tournament wide open.

Holders Japan are favourites to win a record extending fifth continental title but dark clouds hang over their coach Javier Aguirre after he became embroiled in a Spanish match-fixing case dating back to his time as Real Zaragoza boss.

Dec 31, 2014

Soccer-Age old problems leave Asian Cup an open race

SINGAPORE, Dec 31 (Reuters) – The Asian Cup heads to Australia for the first time next month with the scars of a woeful 2014 World Cup for the continent and the recurring problems of match-fixing and swift sackings leaving the tournament wide open.

Holders Japan are favourites to win a record extending fifth continental title but dark clouds hang over their coach Javier Aguirre after he became embroiled in a Spanish match-fixing case dating back to his time as Real Zaragoza boss.

Dec 29, 2014

Speedskating-Wust skates among the greats after Sochi

LONDON, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Dutch speedskater Irene Wust’s haul of five medals in Sochi equalled the biggest individual tally at a single Winter Games and cast her amongst the Olympic greats, but it offered no guarantees about her funding to carry on.

The 28-year-old was lauded with awards, accolades and meetings with Dutch royalty upon winning the 3,000 metres and team pursuit golds at the Adler Arena in February, along with silvers in the 1,000, 1,500 and 5,000m as the revered Dutch took 23 of the 36 medals available on the oval.

Dec 18, 2014

Wust skates among the greats after Sochi

By Patrick Johnston

(Reuters) – Dutch speedskater Ireen Wust’s haul of five medals in Sochi equaled the biggest individual tally at a single Winter Games and cast her amongst the Olympic greats, but it offered no guarantees about her funding to carry on.

The 28-year-old was lauded with awards, accolades and meetings with Dutch royalty upon winning the 3,000 meters and team pursuit golds at the Adler Arena in February, along with silvers in the 1,000, 1,500 and 5,000m as the revered Dutch took 23 of the 36 medals available on the oval.

Dec 18, 2014

Speedskating-Wust skates among the greats after Sochi

Dec 18 (Reuters) – Dutch speedskater Ireen Wust’s haul of five medals in Sochi equalled the biggest individual tally at a single Winter Games and cast her amongst the Olympic greats, but it offered no guarantees about her funding to carry on.

The 28-year-old was lauded with awards, accolades and meetings with Dutch royalty upon winning the 3,000 metres and team pursuit golds at the Adler Arena in February, along with silvers in the 1,000, 1,500 and 5,000m as the revered Dutch took 23 of the 36 medals available on the oval.

Dec 6, 2014

Popovic banned for two games, Saudi spitter gets eight

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The Asian Football Confederation dished out a two-game suspension to their coach of the year, Western Sydney Wanderers boss Tony Popovic on Saturday, while also confirming an eight-match ban for their player of the year Nasser Al Shamrani.

Popovic’s penalty was for “offensive behaviour” at the end of an ill-tempered quarter-final win over defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande, with the Chinese side also receiving eight punishments relating to the August fixtures.

Dec 6, 2014

Soccer-Popovic banned for two games, Saudi spitter gets eight

SINGAPORE, Dec 6 (Reuters) – The Asian Football Confederation dished out a two-game suspension to their coach of the year, Western Sydney Wanderers boss Tony Popovic on Saturday, while also confirming an eight-match ban for their player of the year Nasser Al Shamrani.

Popovic’s penalty was for “offensive behaviour” at the end of an ill-tempered quarter-final win over defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande, with the Chinese side also receiving eight punishments relating to the August fixtures.

Dec 2, 2014

North Korea hopes soccer school will unearth next Messi

MANILA (Reuters) – Argentine captain Lionel Messi is the most popular player among students at the Pyongyang International Football School, a fledgling facility North Korean officials hope will unearth a talent like the Barcelona great.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was the driving force behind the school, which opened in June last year, according to the country’s Asian Football Confederation official Han Un Gyong.