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Should Asean bid for the World Cup?

AMID heavy political discussions, there was at least one moment of levity during the recent Asean Summit. The president of the International Federation of Association Football (Fifa), Gianni Infantino, presented soccer jerseys to the 10 Asean heads of state.This ceremony marked the beginning of formal cooperation between Asean and Fifa to galvanise soccer and social development in the region and hopefully will give a boost to Asean’s joint bid to host the 2034 Fifa World Cup.

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Indonesia coming with lame duck coach

JAKARTA: Indonesia are on the hunt for a new national football coach.

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'Unique agreement' closes pay gap in Australia: FFA

(Reuters) - Australian soccer's governing body said on Wednesday it has reached agreement with the players' union on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that "closes the pay gap" between the men's and women's national teams.

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Cannavaro laments growing gap between China and Japan

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Fabio Cannavaro cast an envious glance at the strength of Japanese football as he picked over the bones of Guangzhou Evergrande's Asian Champions League semi-final exit on Wednesday evening, after Chinese clubs again fell short in the continental championship. It has been four years since Guangzhou reached the final of the competition, when the club won the second of their two continental crowns, but their hopes of ending that drought came unstuck when they lost to Urawa Red Diamonds. A Shinzo Koroki header completed a 3-0 aggregate win for the J.League side, who have reached the final for the second time in three years despite languishing in the lower reaches of their domestic league this season. Urawa's success throws into sharp focus the contrast between standards of play in Japan and China, two nations who should be major on-field rivals. But while the Chinese continue to invest heavily in the sport, Cannavaro believes the gulf has grown and is likely to increase further. "I think there didn't used to be such a gap between Japanese and Chinese teams, but the gap has become wider in the past 20 years," the Italian told reporters after the match. "The Japanese have invested a lot of funds in cultivating football players in the past and they have taken the lead with that strategy. "But in our experience they have more advantages in terms of their physical condition, which could be seen today. Japanese players, when they are competing, they are more engaged and focussed and we can learn from them." Money has poured into the Chinese game in recent years as private business has sought to deliver on president Xi Jinping's desire to see the country become a force in the global game.