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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.