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Author Archives: Thariq Amir

The curious case of Rafael and his increasingly uncertain future at Manchester United

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“Rafael is one of the club’s brightest young prospects. He has no fear of playing and has great belief in himself. Rafael has all the attributes to become one of the best fullbacks in the world”. Those were the words … Continue reading

An in-depth review of a stunning AFC 2015 Asian Cup tournament

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Going into the 2015 AFC Asian Cup there were a number of teams who had a point to prove. After a disappointing showing at the World Cup in Brazil the likes of Japan, South Korea, Iran and Australia had an … Continue reading

Australia vs South Korea: AFC Asian Cup Final preview and prediction

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So after 30 games, 257 shots on target, 178 saves and 77 goals, we’re down to one final meaningful game in the AFC Asian Cup — Australia against South Korea (live on One World Sports and DishWorld at 4am ET/1am … Continue reading

Australia vs United Arab Emirates Asian Cup semi-final: Preview and prediction

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Australia and South Korea are the favorites to meet in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup final but Australia must dismiss the United Arab Emirates to book a place in the final against the Korea team that defeated Iraq 2-0 earlier on Monday. … Continue reading

Highlights of China PR vs Australia and South Korea vs Uzbekistan games [VIDEO]

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The 2015 AFC Asian Cup witnessed a unique event. That’s right, for the first time since the tournament kicked off, there was a game that didn’t have a conclusive result after 90 minutes. South Korea versus Uzbekistan has the ‘honor’ … Continue reading

5 observations from stunning Iraq-Iran Asian Cup Quarter-Final match [VIDEO]

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The quarterfinal between Iraq versus Iran was never going to be a run-of-the-mill affair. Coming into the match, Iraq had only beaten their arch rivals once in their previous five AFC Asian Cup meetings losing the other four. Iran, on … Continue reading

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AFC Asian Cup Quarter-Finals preview and predictions

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The group stage of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup is over and there wasn’t a single draw at all. There have been 24 definitive results in 24 matches, which is quite remarkable. The knockouts have a lot to live up … Continue reading

5 observations from Japan’s 2-0 victory against Jordan at the AFC Asian Cup

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Japan have been efficient if not spectacular in their defense of the Asian Cup. They dealt with Palestine easily and eased past Iraq. Against Jordan the Japanese had a chance to finish Group D on top with a 100% record … Continue reading

Reviewing Games From AFC Asian Cup Group C

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This is a group that featured one dead rubber and a game that would determine who would finish on top. Iran eventually came up trumps against an impressive United Arab Emirates in a tense match. Indeed if the UAE were … Continue reading

2015 AFC Asian Cup Weekend Wrap-Up: Australia Feeling the Pressure

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The 2015 AFC Asian Cup has written itself in the history books. How so? Well after this weekend’s results, the tournament has seen 20 straight games with a winner. That’s right there have been no draws in this tournament thus … Continue reading

Catching Up On Latest Games Played in AFC Asian Cup Group C

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We’re starting to see the knock-out phase of the AFC Asian Cup take shape as two more teams qualified for the quarterfinals. Both the United Arab Emirates and Iran extended their stay in the competition at the expense of Bahrain … Continue reading

5 Observations From Jordan-Palestine Game in 2015 AFC Asian Cup

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Both Jordan and Palestine needed a result Friday morning to give themselves a chance of qualification for the knockout phase. Of the pair the Jordanians came in with pressure on their shoulders.  They had lost their previous six international matches … Continue reading

Reviewing Games From AFC Asian Cup Group B

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The last round of Group B fixtures have thrown up a tasty clash between Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan. Both sides have been beaten by Alain Perrin’s resilient China, who in the process have overcome their own mini-hoodoo by securing qualification … Continue reading

5 Observations From South Korea’s 1-0 Win Against Kuwait in 2015 AFC Asian Cup

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South Korea and Kuwait kicked off the second round of matches in the group phase of the AFC Asian Cup at the Canberra Stadium. Kuwait needed a win to keep themselves in the tournament whilst the South Koreans were looking … Continue reading

5 Observations From Japan’s 4-0 Win Against Palestine in 2015 AFC Asian Cup

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Japan got their defense of the AFC Asian Cup with a run of the mill 4-0 victory against debutants Palestine. In a windy Newcastle Stadium the Samurai Blue ensured early on that they would not be the victim of any … Continue reading

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Highlights of Weekend AFC Asian Cup Games [VIDEO]

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The AFC Asian Cup got into its groove with five matches played over the weekend. One of the pre-tournament favorites, Iran, eased their way to victory. The United Arab Emirates enjoyed a comfortable start, Uzbekistan notched up a win whilst … Continue reading

5 Observations From Australia’s 4-1 Win Against Kuwait in 2015 Asian Cup

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The Asian Cup kicked off in Melbourne on Friday with a goal-laden game between hosts Australia and Kuwait. One of the pre-tournament favorites, Australia, eventually ran out 4-1 winners but the scoreline didn’t reflect some of the anxiety the Socceroos suffered … Continue reading

FIFA Vice-President Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein Set to Challenge Sepp Blatter

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“I am seeking the Presidency of FIFA because I believe it is time to shift the focus away from administrative controversy and back to sport”.  FIFA vice-president Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan has announced that he will challenge Sepp … Continue reading