Now We're Talking Football
Now We're Talking Football
Anto is joined by Asian football correspondent extraordinaire John Duerden from Seoul, South Korea for another massive supershow that reviews every major competition involving the AFC. We start with World Cup qualification to establish how each of the groups progressed and who emerged to gauge the surprises, the failures and the key talking points going forward as Brazil 2014 for Asia enters its final, most important stages. Loads of big name national teams and some big name managers will be affected by this, but one talking point remains and that is a controversial 10-0 result on Matchday 6 involving Bahrain and Indonesia. Featured are surprise packages Oman and Lebanon and some questions for Iran and Japan as final groups are prepared for the final draw. Then we turn to the professional game in Asia where Clive Palmer is causing a stir over his failed Gold Coast United and whether his grievances have merit, and we also look at the A-League itself in terms of where it is headed with essentially nine teams left at the top level of the pyramid. Then we turn to the Far East itself as three of the most passionate leagues kick off in China, Japan and Korea to establish the key background issues and whether the Chinese Super League is primed to make that dent in the region that many expect it will. Japan looks to find more stability this year, a season removed from a natural disaster and a brand new champion in Kashiwa Reysol. Meanwhile in Korea, the move to a promotion and relegation system has tossed a spanner in the works with an almost unthinkable 44 game regular season schedule at stake that will take the K-League into a landmark season that may require more endurance than skill. We also preview the bottom half of the Champions League group stage where the battle for AFC supremacy looks to be the most appetizing in years and then we finish with a pit stop to take a look at Diego Maradona and his progress in Dubai with Al Wasl.
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