1:37 pm January 31, 2015 | No Comment
How exquisite it would be if the latest instalment of the new rivalry of English football at Stamford Bridge on Saturday should rest on the shoulders of two of the stadium's old-fashioned, everlasting favourites.
3:05 pm January 30, 2015 | No Comment
Sydney. Australia, perhaps more than most countries, know the benefits that winning in sport brings to a nation. And few Australians know that better than the country’s long suffering soccer fans. For years, soccer has been regarded as a fringe sport in Australia, overshadowed by cricket, rugby league and Australian Rules Football. Right now though, […]
2:55 pm January 30, 2015 | No Comment
Jakarta. The national under-23 team is intensifying preparations for its bid to enter the final qualification round for the Asian Football Confederation U-23 Championship in 2016. The team will start its second training camp on Sunday, and head coach Aji Santoso has announced the 27-player roster for the camp. Aji said he’s aware that most […]
5:43 pm January 29, 2015 | No Comment
Sydney. South Korea prepared for this weekend’s Asian Cup final against Australia in a relaxed mood on Thursday, insisting all the pressure would be on the host nation. “We don’t feel any pressure at all,” defender Kim Chang-Soo told AFP before the Koreans contest their first final since 1988 when they were beaten by Saudi Arabia. […]
10:27 am January 29, 2015 | No Comment
It is hard to imagine two more different characters than Jose Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini, so it is no surprise that the Chelsea manager and his Manchester City counterpart seem to rub each other up the wrong way.
7:41 pm January 27, 2015 | No Comment
Newcastle, Australia. Australia struck twice early on and then soaked up the pressure as they downed United Arab Emirates 2-0 to set up an Asian Cup final against unbeaten South Korea on Tuesday. Quickfire goals from defenders Trent Sainsbury and Jason Davidson in the first 15 minutes were enough to put the 2011 runner-up in […]
2:07 pm January 27, 2015 | No Comment
It is fair to say Persija’s preseason hasn’t been the rip roaring success their victory-starved fans had been hoping for. Fueled by the return of the most successful local coach in the country, Rahmad Darmawan, and arrival of familiar faces such as Bambang Pamungkas, M. Ilham and Greg Nwokolo, Persija has failed to impress in […]
2:47 pm January 26, 2015 | No Comment
Rio de Janeiro. Still getting over Brazil’s World Cup semi-final debacle at the hands of eventual winners Germany, fears have been expressed for the future well-being of the domestic league amid an ongoing exodus to Europe, but also China. Top stars such as 2002 champions Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, as well as 1994 World Cup winners […]
5:36 pm January 24, 2015 | No Comment
Jakarta. Perennial title contender Sriwijaya FC has vowed to take this Sunday’s semifinal clash against Persela Lamongan in the preseason SCM Cup seriously as it seeks to kick off the upcoming Indonesian Super League season with a positive mind-set. The Palembang, South Sumatra-based side, the ISL champion in the 2011-2012 season, has made some promising […]
8:06 pm January 22, 2015 | No Comment
Tim Cahill came to Australia's rescue again on Thursday, scoring two goals, one of them among the most spectacular ever seen at an Asian Cup, to lead the host-nation into the semi-finals.
6:05 pm January 22, 2015 | No Comment
There are still a few weeks to the start of the Indonesian Super League season but it looks like fans can expect a more “European” experience in the months ahead with several clubs opting for players with a proven track record in Europe.
7:30 am January 22, 2015 | No Comment
Jakarta. Having secured a place in the SCM Cup 2015 semifinals by edging out Persela Lamongan on Tuesday, Arema Indonesia now wants more, as it aims to end the group stage on top of the heap. With six points, Arema leads Group B and it only needs one point to top the group when it […]
5:05 pm January 21, 2015 | No Comment
Melbourne. The Asian Cup knockout stage prepares for lift-off on Thursday with just two Arab countries left in the mix, continuing an alarming trend in recent tournaments. Of the nine teams who traveled more than 7,000 miles (11,300 kilometers) to Australia, only Iraq and the United Arab Emirates reached the quarter-finals as the balance of […]