2018 Schedule

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2018 Schedule
113dPaul Murphy

Asian Cup will spark football boom - AFC

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have revealed ambitious plans to use the expanded 2019 Asian Cup to make football Asia's number one sport.

188dJohn Duerden

Bauza replaces Van Marwijk as Saudi boss

Just over a week after guiding Saudi Arabia to a fifth World Cup, Bert van Marwijk has been replaced as head coach by Argentina's Edgardo Bauza.

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202dMichael Church

Japan book World Cup spot, Koreans held

Japan beat Australia to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, China won to keep their hopes alive, as South Korea drew in the penultimate round on Thursday.

204dMichael Church

UAE deal blow to Saudi Arabia's WC hopes

United Arab Emirates scored two stunning goals to keep their slim World Cup qualifying hopes alive with a 2-1 win at home over Saudi Arabia.

220dMichael Church

UAE eye Europe training for World Cup help

UAE coach Edgardo Bauza will be forced to select his squad for the final two qualifying matches for Russia 2018 after watching his players in Europe.

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280dPaul Murphy

Rajevac promotes Kawin to captain

New Thailand boss Milovan Rajevac made an impressive competitive debut for an under-strength Thailand in World Cup qualifying, writes Paul Murphy.

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281dMichael Church

AFC WCQ: Qatar beat S. Korea; Japan draw

Japan, China and U.A.E. were all held to costly draws in 2018 AFC World Cup qualifying, while Qatar kept slim hopes of Russia alive with S. Korea win.

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314dESPN staff

U.A.E. hires former Argentina boss Bauza

Former Argentina boss Edgardo Bauza was confirmed as the new manager of the United Arab Emirates national team on Thursday.

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316dESPN staff

Ex-Argentina coach Bauza to join U.A.E.

Former Argentina boss Edgardo Bauza appears set to become the new manager of the United Arab Emirates national team.

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358dJohn Duerden

AFC WCQ: Iran, South Korea, Australia win

Japan, South Korea and Iran all secured key victories on Tuesday, in their quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

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358dMike Wise

Troisi, Sainsbury reinvigorate Socceroos

Australia cruised to a 2-0 victory over the United Arab Emirates to stay third in Group B of their AFC World Cup qualifying campaign.

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Socceroos cruise to 2-0 win over U.A.E.

Australia are in control of their World Cup destiny after a much-needed 2-0 qualifying win over the United Arab Emirates in Sydney on Tuesday night.

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Socceroos wary of pitch, crowd issues

The Socceroos will confront more challenges than they should have to in Tuesday night's World Cup qualifier with the United Arab Emirates.

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360dESPN Staff

Cahill: Socceroos 'not batting an eyelid'

Australia forward Tim Cahill says he's not worried about his team's shaky position in 2018 AFC World Cup qualifying ahead of Tuesday's game vs. U.A.E.

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363dESPN staff

AFC: China shock S. Korea; Australia held

Yu Dabao's header and a stirring second-half performance by goalkeeper Zeng Cheng saw Marcello Lippi's side claim a 1-0 win over South Korea.

471dJohn Duerden

Will Asia's best player ever make it in Europe?

At 25, Omar Abdulrahman has well and truly established himself as Asia's best player. So why isn't a move to Europe automatically on the cards?

495dAssociated Press

Wanderley, Al Nasr fined for fake passport

Brazil-born forward Santos Monteiro Wanderley received a backdated ban for faking documents so he could play in the Asian Champions League.

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531dESPN staff

AFC: Wins for S Korea, Japan; China lose

Spurs' star Son Heung-Min struck the winner as South Korea followed Japan in recording second-half victories in 2018 World Cup qualifying on Thursday.

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531dESPN staff

Thailand score, but outclassed by U.A.E.

Thailand scored their first goal of the final round of AFC World Cup qualifying but fell to a third consecutive defeat as they lost 3-1 to U.A.E.

RankingsInternational Friendly

Goal Difference4Tied-30th
Goals Scored5Tied-65th
Goals Conceded1Tied-12th