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Soccer: Two-time Asian champion Choi joins Dalian

11 Feb 2019

HONG KONG Two-time Asian Champions League-winning coach Choi Kang-hee has been unveiled as the new man at the helm of Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifan, the club announced on Monday.

Soccer-Two-time Asian champion Choi joins Dalian

11 Feb 2019

HONG KONG, Feb 11 Two-time Asian Champions League-winning coach Choi Kang-hee has been unveiled as the new man at the helm of Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifan, the club announced on Monday.

Iran coach hopeful on Jahanbakhsh's fitness for Asian Cup

01 Jan 2019

HONG KONG Iran's coach believes Alireza Jahanbakhsh will be fit for the Asian Cup tournament that kicks off this week, keeping the Brighton & Hove Albion winger in the squad hit by injuries.

Philippines bank on Eriksson effect at Asian Cup

29 Dec 2018

HONG KONG Sven-Goran Eriksson's surprise appointment as Philippines coach made headlines around the world, and now the basketball-mad nation is hoping the impact of the Swede's arrival can last beyond January's Asian Cup finals.

Lippi's ageing China face Asian Cup struggle

29 Dec 2018

HONG KONG When Marcello Lippi took charge of China's troubled national team a little over two years ago, hopes were high the World Cup-winning Italian could kick-start a long-overdue return to the upper tier of Asian football for the world's most populous nation.

Soccer: Stange aims to put smiles back on Syrian faces

29 Dec 2018

HONG KONG Bernd Stange has one goal above all others when he leads Syria to the finals of the Asian Cup next month -- to put a smile back on the faces of the country's war-ravaged people.

Soccer: Iran hampered by usual issues ahead of bid to end drought

29 Dec 2018

HONG KONG Turmoil and uncertainty have become constant companions for the Iranian national team, but coach Carlos Queiroz will look to push aside such distractions and end the country's 43-year Asian Cup title drought at next month's tournament.

Rajevac instilling new approach for ambitious Thais

29 Dec 2018

HONG KONG Milovan Rajevac takes Thailand to their first Asian Cup finals in more than a decade hoping to change attitudes and outcomes in a country whose passion for soccer has long outstripped performance at continental level.

Soccer: Vietnam win Asean title thanks to Anh Duc volley

15 Dec 2018

Vietnam won the Asean Football Federation Championship for the first time in a decade as Nguyen Anh Duc's volley secured a 1-0 win over Malaysia in the second leg of the final in Hanoi on Saturday for a 3-2 aggregate triumph.

Soccer-Vietnam win Asean title thanks to Anh Duc volley

15 Dec 2018

Dec 15 Vietnam won the Asean Football Federation Championship for the first time in a decade as Nguyen Anh Duc's volley secured a 1-0 win over Malaysia in the second leg of the final in Hanoi on Saturday for a 3-2 aggregate triumph.

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