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Football: Draw for 2015 Asian Cup

Groups for the 2015 Asian Cup following the draw in Sydney on Wednesday: Group A Australia South Korea Oman Kuwait Group B Uzbekistan Saudi Arabia China North Korea Group C Iran UAE Qatar Bahrain Group D Japan Jordan Iraq Winners of 2014 AFC Challenge Cup (TBC) afp

Football: Anyone but S. Korea for Aussies, Japan in Cup draw

Hosts Australia and reigning champions Japan will be keen to avoid fellow heavyweights South Korea when officials draw the groups for next year's Asian Cup at a lavish ceremony on Wednesday. South Korea, who have reached eight World Cups in a row, lurk as dangerous floaters in the second pot of teams after temporarily falling outside Asia's top four when the seedings were decided. Australia, four-time winners Japan, triple champions Iran and Uzbekistan make up the top tier and will be placed at the head of separate groups for the draw at the Sydney Opera House.

Football: Misfiring China look to seal Asian Cup spot

China will expect to put an unconvincing qualifying campaign behind them and reach their 11th straight Asian Cup in front of new manager Alain Perrin when they play former champions Iraq on Wednesday. An away draw against lowly Indonesia and defeat to Saudi Arabia have made for a difficult path for China, who sacked highly paid ex-Real Madrid manager Juan Antonio Camacho midway through qualifying.

2014 AFC Champions League group stage draw

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Following is the group stage draw for the 2014 Asian Champions League made here on Tuesday: West Group A Esteghlal, Iran Al Rayyan, Qatar Al Jazira, United Arab Emirates Al Shabab, Saudi Arabia Group B Al Fateh, Saudi Arabia Foolad Khuzestan, Iran Winners of West playoff series one Bunyodkor, Uzbekistan Group C Al Ain, United Arab Emirates Al Ittihad, Saudi Arabia Tractorsazi Tabriz, Iran Winners of West playoff series two Group D Al Sadd, Qatar

(Sports) 2014 AFC Champions League group stage drawing results

(Sports) 2014 AFC Champions League group stage drawing results KUALA LUMPUR, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Follwing are the drawing results for the Group Stage of the 2014 AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Champions League made at AFC House here on Tuesday: West: GROUP A Esteghlal (Iran) Al Rayyan (Qatar) Al Jazira (United Arab Emirates) Al Shabab (Saudi Arabia) GROUP B Al Fateh (Saudi Arabia) Foolad Khouzestan (Iran) Winner of Playoff (West) Bunyodkor (Uzbekistan) GROUP C Al Ain (United Arab Emirates)

Football: AFC unveils Champions League makeover

Asia's football body unveiled a new-look Champions League Wednesday, with Middle East and East Asian teams kept apart until the semi-finals and India among a group of countries to gain a play-off spot. Australia were handed a second automatic spot for the regional club competition while India, Singapore, Hong Kong and Vietnam all get a chance to enter via a broadened play-off system. The updated format, which retains the two-legged final for the next three years, was announced after Asian Football Confederation (AFC) meetings in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

AFC annual award winners 2013

AFC annual award winners 2013 KUALA LUMPUR, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Following are the winners of the 2013 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) annual awards made here on Tuesday: FC Dream Asia Award: Myanmar Football Federation AFC Fair Play Association of the Year: China Football Association AFC Futsal Team of the Year: Chonburi Bluewave (Thailand) AFC Futsal Player of the Year: Suphawut Thueanklang (Chonburi Bluewave; Thailand) AFC Foreign Play of the Year: Luiz Guiherme Da Conceicao Sliva (Guangzhou Evergrande; Brazil)

(Sports)AFC annual awards winners 2013

(Sports)AFC annual awards winners 2013 KUALA LUMPUR, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Following are the winners of the 2013 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) annual awards made here on Tuesday: AFC Dream Asia Award: Myanmar Football Federation, AFC Fair Play Association of the Year: China Football Association, AFC Futsal Team of the Year: Chonburi Bluewave (Thailand), AFC Futsal Player of the Year: Suphawut Thueanklang (Chonburi Bluewave; Thailand), AFC Foreign Play of the Year: Luiz Guiherme Da Conceicao Sliva(Guangzhou Evergrande; Brazil).

Football: Fu's China are one win from Asian Cup spot

China can put a lacklustre qualifying campaign behind them and write more positive headlines for the national game by clinching their Asian Cup spot in a game against Saudi Arabia Tuesday. Victory in Xian against the already qualified Saudis would put China into their 11th consecutive Asian Cup, with a game -- a tough away fixture against Iraq -- to spare. It would also mark a significant achievement for caretaker manager Fu Bo, who took over after the dismissal of the expensively hired Juan Antonio Camacho.

Football: Lippi's Guangzhou get kind draw in AFC quarters

Marcello Lippi's Guangzhou Evergrande dodged the toughest teams when they were drawn against Qatar's Lekhwiya in the AFC quarter-finals on Thursday. Guangzhou, seeking to become China's first Asian champions in nearly a quarter of a century, will start as firm favourites over two legs against the two-time Qatari champions. South Korea's FC Seoul, contesting their third Champions League quarter-final in five years, were paired against Saudi side Al Ahli, who are unbeaten in this year's competition.
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