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Aug 25, 2015

Queiroz cautiously optimistic for Iran future

By Patrick Johnston

(Reuters) – Iran boss Carlos Queiroz is too well versed in football politics to accept all the issues he faces in his role will be fixed following the nuclear deal that will lift financial sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

The former Real Madrid and Portugal manager has already resigned twice in his four years at the helm of the Iran side following rows with administrators on how to improve the running of the game in Asia’s best nation, according to FIFA rankings.

Aug 25, 2015

Soccer-Queiroz cautiously optimistic for Iran future

Aug 25 (Reuters) – Iran boss Carlos Queiroz is too well versed in soccer politics to accept all the issues he faces in his role will be fixed following the nuclear deal that will lift financial sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

The former Real Madrid and Portugal manager has already resigned twice in his four years at the helm of the Iran side following rows with administrators on how to improve the running of the game in Asia’s best nation, according to FIFA rankings.

Aug 19, 2015

AFC move to resolve Guam-Iran World Cup row

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have stepped in to resolve a row that led to Guam threatening to cancel their World Cup qualifier in Iran after complaints from the U.S. territory that Tehran had delayed visa applications.

Guam said they started the visa process “months ago” for the Sept. 3 fixture but were still waiting on an authorisation code from the Iranian Football Federation so that the required documents could be completed for their players.

Aug 19, 2015

Soccer-AFC move to resolve Guam-Iran World Cup row

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 (Reuters) – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have stepped in to resolve a row that led to Guam threatening to cancel their World Cup qualifier in Iran after complaints from the U.S. territory that Tehran had delayed visa applications.

Guam said they started the visa process “months ago” for the Sept. 3 fixture but were still waiting on an authorisation code from the Iranian Football Federation so that the required documents could be completed for their players.

Aug 19, 2015

Postecoglou delighted to have Rogic, Kruse back

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – With Australia’s forward line still lacking the required depth, Australia coach Ange Postecoglou was delighted to welcome back Tommy Rogic and Robbie Kruse from injury for next month’s World Cup qualifiers.

Both were named in a 23-man squad on Wednesday to host Bangladesh on Sept. 3 in Perth before heading to Dushanbe to face Tajikistan five days later in Group B of the joint 2019 Asian Cup qualifying campaign.

Aug 19, 2015

Soccer-Postecoglou delighted to have Rogic, Kruse back

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 18 (Reuters) – With Australia’s forward line still lacking the required depth, Australia coach Ange Postecoglou was delighted to welcome back Tommy Rogic and Robbie Kruse from injury for next month’s World Cup qualifiers.

Both were named in a 23-man squad on Wednesday to host Bangladesh on Sept. 3 in Perth before heading to Dushanbe to face Tajikistan five days later in Group B of the joint 2019 Asian Cup qualifying campaign.

Aug 18, 2015

Chung cannot bank on support of Japan, says FIFA’s Tashima

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – South Korean FIFA presidential hopeful Chung Mong-joon cannot bank on the support of neighbouring Japan, FIFA executive committee member Kozo Tashima told Reuters on Tuesday.

Tashima said he was pleased his good friend Chung was standing for president, but suggested Japan would instead vote at the Feb. 26 election for Michel Platini to head world football’s governing body.

Aug 18, 2015

Soccer-Chung cannot bank on support of Japan, says FIFA’s Tashima

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 18 (Reuters) – South Korean FIFA presidential hopeful Chung Mong-joon cannot bank on the support of neighbouring Japan, FIFA executive committee member Kozo Tashima told Reuters on Tuesday.

Tashima said he was pleased his good friend Chung was standing for president, but suggested Japan would instead vote at the Feb. 26 election for Michel Platini to head world soccer’s governing body.

Jul 21, 2015

Thai refugee eyeing Premier League with Sheffield United

By Patrick Johnston

(Reuters) – In the prison-like surroundings of a Thai refugee camp on the Myanmar border, 10-year-old Kler Heh would play football in bare feet with family and friends dreaming of a new life elsewhere. Anywhere.

The long list of possible locations never included the northern English city of Sheffield but the once-mighty industrial town that has struggled since the decline of its steel mills in the 1980s has became a welcome home, largely because of football.

Jul 21, 2015

Soccer-Thai refugee eyeing Premier League with Sheffield United

July 21 (Reuters) – In the prison-like surroundings of a Thai refugee camp on the Myanmar border, 10-year-old Kler Heh would play soccer in bare feet with family and friends dreaming of a new life elsewhere. Anywhere.

The long list of possible locations never included the northern English city of Sheffield but the once-mighty industrial town that has struggled since the decline of its steel mills in the 1980s has became a welcome home, largely because of soccer.