January 31, 2011East rules west on the field at least in Asia
Japan's record fourth Asian Cup title demonstrated that the east of the continent remains the region's dominant force on the field even if the power in the boardroom has switched to the west.
January 29, 2011Extra-time winner gives Japan fourth Asian Cup
Substitute Tadanari Lee struck a stunning left-foot volley in the second period of extra time to give Japan a 1-0 win over Australia on Saturday and a record fourth Asian Cup title.
South Korean captain Park quits internationals
South Korea captain Park Ji-sung, considered one of Asia's finest players of the last decade, has retired from international football after their third place finish at the Asian Cup, coach Cho Kwang-rae said.
Asian Cup: South Korea finish third
South Korea survived a fightback from Uzbekistan to win the Asian Cup third-place playoff 3-2 on Friday and book a place at the next tournament in four years time.
January 26, 2011Australia rout Uzbeks to set-up Japan final
Australia secured a first Asian Cup final appearance against three-times champions Japan after they thrashed a disappointing Uzbekistan 6-0 at the Khalifa Stadium on Tuesday. Japan beat South Korea 3-0 in a penalty shootout after the two sides drew 2-2 in the first semi-final at the Al Gharafa Stadium.
January 23, 2011Late Kewell header gives Aus victory over Iraq
A header from striker Harry Kewell three minutes from the end of extra-time gave Australia a 1-0 victory over holders Iraq in their Asian Cup quarter-final on Saturday.
January 19, 2011'India will come back stronger in next Asian Cup'
India ended their Asian Cup campaign after losing all their three matches but coach Bob Houghton vowed the country will come back tronger in the next edition in 2015 having gained rich experience after playing in the continent's biggest stage for the first time in 27 years.
January 18, 2011Asian Cup: S Korea rout India
Australia beat Bahrain and South Korea swept past India as the two AFC heavyweights claimed Asian Cup quarter-final places on Tuesday. Twice champions South Korea easily beat already eliminated India 4-1 at a wet Al Gharafa Stadium to finish second in Group C and set up a last eight meeting with Group D winners Iran while Australia recorded a 1-0 win over Bahrain.
Japan thrash Saudis to qualify, Jordan through
Japan romped into the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup as Shinji Okazaki scored a hat-trick to demolish Saudi Arabia 5-0 on a wet and windy Monday at the Al Rayyan Stadium on the edge of the Qatari desert.
January 17, 2011Asian Cup: Qatar, Uzbekistan through to quarters
Uzbekistan grabbed the point they needed against China and hosts Qatar thrashed Kuwait 3-0 as both booked places in the Asian Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.
January 16, 2011Tendulkar inspires me, says Bhutia
The influence of iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar transcends any sport in India and national football captain Bhaichung Bhutia says he draws inspiration from him to bring laurels for the country.
Stoppage time own goal takes Iraq past UAE
An own goal from Walid Abbas in the third minute of stoppage time gifted holders Iraq a precious 1-0 win over United Arab Emirates to kick-start their Asian Cup title defence on Saturday.
January 15, 2011Abdulatif scores four as Bahrain oust India
Striker Ismaeel Abdulatif scored four goals as Bahrain overcame India 5-2 at the Al Sadd Stadium on Friday to end the Bhangra Boys's interest in the Asian Cup. Bahrain now need to beat Australia in their final Group C match to qualify for the quarter-finals.
'Indian soccer needs time to match best in Asia'
Bahrain football coach Salman Sharida feels India are emerging as a good team but will need time to match the best in Asia.
January 14, 2011Asian Cup: Japan down Syria in controversial tie
Japan beat Syria 2-1 in an Asian Cup Group B game that exploded into life in the closing stages when each side were awarded a penalty and Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima was sent off.
January 13, 2011Jordan dump Saudi Arabia out of Asia Cup
Three-times champions Saudi Arabia were dumped out of the Asian Cup on Thursday after an error from goalkeeper Waleed Abdullah gifted Jordan a surprise 1-0 victory.
Houghton compares Bhaichung with Tendulkar
National football team coach Bob Houghton on Wednesday compared Indian captain Bhaichung Bhutia with legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar for the influence they have on their respective team-mates "on and off the field".
India, Bahrain bid to keep Asian Cup hopes alive
After the spirited show against formidable Australia, India would hope to make an impact in the Asian Cup football tournament when they take on Bahrain in their second group match in Doha on Friday.
Ahmed gets Qatar party started as hosts beat China
Two first-half goals from striker Yusef Ahmed sent Qatar on their way to a 2-0 win over China as the host nation finally joined their own Asian Cup party on Wednesday and began dreaming of a place in the quarter-finals.
January 12, 2011Djeparov fires Uzbeks into Asian Cup last 8
Uzbekistan became the first side to reach the Asian Cup quarter-finals when they beat Kuwait 2-1 on Wednesday thanks to a superb strike from former Asian player-of-the-year Server Djeparov.
Disciplined Iran grab late winner over Iraq
Iran showed the discipline and organisation teams need to win major titles when they came from behind to beat arch-rivals and reigning champions Iraq 2-1 in their opening Asian Cup Group D match in Doha, on Tuesday.
January 11, 2011'We should be able to play better against Bahrain'
Despite conceding four goals in the AFC Asian Cup opener against Australia, India goalkeeper Subrata Paul does not seem to be too bothered as he expressed confidence that the team will put up a good show against formidable Bahrain in their next Group C clash on Friday.
UAE hold North Korea to 0-0 draw in Asian Cup
North Korea and United Arab Emirates produced the first 0-0 draw of the Asian Cup on Tuesday after the Koreans missed a first-half penalty in an evenly-matched Group D match at the Qatar Sports Club Stadium.
Prolific Cahill relishes pressure to keep scoring
Tim Cahill said he loved being under pressure to score goals after his brace in Australia's 4-0 win over India at the Asian Cup on Monday lifted his record to 24 goals in 48 internationals.
Despite loss, Indians earn respect from Aussies
Despite losing 0-4 to Australia, India earned respect for their doggedness from their formidable opponents who said Bob Houghton's wards deserved to be in the Asian Cup football tournament, the continent's biggest football event.
India fall 'short' of soccer success, critics say
All it takes is a measuring tape to explain why India is a dwarf among giants dominating international soccer, critics of the national team say.