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PETALING JAYA: National striker Norshahrul Idlan Talaha just can’t get a break from Malaysian football fans.
(Reuters) - FIFA president Gianni Infantino has proposed that the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) be held every four years instead of every two and wants to create a pan-African Super League with 20 permanent member clubs.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Hockey may enjoy only a fraction of soccer's wealth and glamour yet the sport's governing body believes it could teach its bigger cousin a few things about the use of technology.
THE heady run enjoyed by Harimau Malaya in the past nine months has allowed them to wrap up the 2019 season on a comfortable perch — ready to strike and grab an automatic ticket to the 2023 Asian Cup finals for the first time in 40 years.
DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar will begin sifting through fan feedback from the Club World Cup to see how it can provide supporters with a successful World Cup in 2022, but cultural differences will be a tricky challenge to surmount.
(Reuters) - FIFA's Club World Cup gets underway on Wednesday with hosts Qatar facing a major test of the country's ability to deal with an influx of foreign fans.
(Reuters) - Liverpool do not want to experience a repeat of last season when they narrowly lost the Premier League title race to Manchester City and will look to take all three points when the champions visit on Sunday, goalkeeper Alisson Becker has said.
(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.
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.