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Injury-hit Saudis begin quest for fourth Asian title

Injury-hit Saudi Arabia kick off their quest for a fourth Asian Cup crown here today against Turkmenistan while the battling footballers from war-torn Iraq open their campaign against Uzbekistan.

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Rivals forced to field weakened sides due to injuries

For a country that claims to have invented football more than 2,000 years ago, China have been waiting an eternity for success in the beautiful game. But as the Asian Cup gets under way here today, the nation's hundreds of millions of football fans are brimming with optimism that years of flops and gallant failures are coming to an end.


Asian football kicks off in China

The big boys of Asian soccer will be there in the final stages of the Asian Cup which starts tomorrow, but watch out for Jordan, writes B. SANJEEVAN.

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No home, no coach but Iraq are hopeful of reaching second round

Iraq's long journey back to footballing respectability reaches its highest peak at the Asian Cup Finals in China but as always it's been a controversial road trip.

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Velappan plays down fears over Asian Cup no-shows

Asian football chief Peter Velappan has dismissed fears that the absence of several star players will take the shine off the continent's showpiece tournament, the Asian Cup.

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Asia Cup loses star appeal

Injuries and the Athens Olympics are threatening to deprive the Asian Cup of star quality ahead of the prestigious tournament's kick-off in China next week.


In the steps of a monk

A Tang Dynasty monk's historical journey from China to India during the 7th century is recaptured in a photo exhibition which traces the epic journey through unchartered frontiers.


Malaysia to export more CPO to Russia, Poland

MALAYSIA hopes to sell up to 600,000 tonnes of crude palm oil (CPO) to emerging markets in Russia and Poland in the next few years, according to Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MPOA) chairman Sabri Ahmad.

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Malaysia happy to maintain haul of two silver medals

Malaysia are represented by the largest contingent of 70 athletes for the Asian Junior Athletics Championships starting at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh today but they will be happy if they can maintain the haul of two silver medals achieved two years ago in Bangkok.

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AFC supremo Velappan urges fans to get behind Asian Cup

Asian football supremo Datuk Peter Velappan has urged fans to get behind the Asian Cup to show the world the region has made progress since the 2002 World Cup and deserves respect.