Asian NTs in Fifa Russia 2018 WC ** Preparation and appearance

Discussion in 'AFC: Tournaments' started by +PL+, Oct 27, 2017.

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Which team do you think will advance beyond group stage?

  1. Japan

    5 vote(s)
    22.7%
  2. Iran

    6 vote(s)
    27.3%
  3. South Korea

    1 vote(s)
    4.5%
  4. Saudi Arabia

    2 vote(s)
    9.1%
  5. Australia (if they qualify)

    2 vote(s)
    9.1%
  6. No Asian team

    6 vote(s)
    27.3%
  1. +PL+

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    Jun 22, 2015
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    This thread is about Asian national teams which made it to Russia 2018 WC. We want to know our Asian representative teams a little better by talking about their coaches, tactics, squads, new development, friendlies, game analysis, and their chances to advance from their group.
     
  2. +PL+

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    Jun 22, 2015
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  3. Matilda Maniac

    Matilda Maniac Big Soccer Memebr

    Sep 21, 2006
    Perth
    Club:
    Perth Glory
    Country/National team:
    Australia
    Ah, you use the Australian Communist Flag !

    and the beautiful but inappropriate Japanese War Flag
     
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  4. +PL+

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    #4 +PL+, Oct 28, 2017
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    Only searched for old flags. Is that really the Australian Communist flag? Btw, I would like to focus more on football.
     
  5. +PL+

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    Jun 22, 2015
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  6. thewitness

    thewitness Member

    Jul 10, 2013
    Club:
    Derby County FC
    Country/National team:
    Australia
    It's not a Communist flag, it's the older version of the Australian Red Ensign (pre 1903, note the different number of points on the stars). The Red Ensign these days is for use on water by civilian ships. But up until 1954 the Australian Red Ensign was the national flag that was used by other branches of Government, private individuals and organisations, only the federal government could use the normal Blue version.
     
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  7. (De La)Redstriker06

    May 3, 2003
    Club:
    Montreal Impact
    Country/National team:
    United States
    A lot will depend on the draw and the individual matchups at the group stage.

    I think Japan are better than the European mid tier. Japan was head and shoulders above Denmark in 2010 and should have seen off 10-man Greece in 2014. Halilhodzic succeeded in getting Algeria over the hump and I think he will do the same here. Japan should hope for a group with two European teams and an African side.

    Since their debut, the only loss Japan suffered to a European side was in 2010 (to eventual finalists the Netherlands) and they still managed to advance.

    Iran are the other side that can get past the groups. They are a solid defensive unit, but unlike four years ago, they are far more dynamic in attack. Their record since the 2014 World Cup is nothing short of astonishing.

    They've lost twice (in friendlies) to Sweden (3-1) and Iraq (1-0) and have been perfect other than the famous Ben Williams match that went to penalties.

    I don't have high hopes for Saudi Arabia or South Korea. Giving a manager less than a year ahead of the World Cup is a guarantee of failure.
     
  8. Perspolis#1

    Perspolis#1 Member

    Jun 27, 2011
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    Manchester United FC
    Have to keep in mind some Asian teams will get groups of death and some wont.

    Also if there are upsets in the Euro playoffs...I think Asian teams can take on the Ireland/N.Ireland/Greece
     
  9. +PL+

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    Jun 22, 2015
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  10. RickChelsea

    RickChelsea Member

    Sep 28, 2008
    sidknee
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Country/National team:
    Mozambique
    we drew 0-0 away to honduras and pretty much dominated the entire game. finishing was crap but we got cahill, leckie and kruse back in the second leg so we should be sweet

    woooot for ASIA baby!!!!!
     
  11. almango

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    Sydney FC
    Australia
    Nov 29, 2004
    Bulli, Australia
    Club:
    Sydney FC
    Country/National team:
    Australia
    He was joking. That's actually the red ensign which was in use as a civilian flag for quite a few years before we made the blue ensign our national flag in 1954. Prior to that date the Blue ensign was the Federal Govt flag, the red for civillians and lower government levels, and the white for naval use.
     
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  12. +PL+

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    #12 +PL+, Nov 13, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2017
    November Friendlies

    Iran 2-1 Panama
    Japan 1-3 Brazil
    Australia 0-0 Honduras (WCQ)
    South Korea 2-1 Colombia
    Saudi Arabia 2-0 Latvia
    Saudi Arabia 0-3 Portugal

    Iran 1-0 Venezuela
    http://tamasha.com/v/8bnj7
    Saudi Arabia vs Bulgaria
    South Korea vs Serbia
    Japan vs Belgium
    Australia vs Honduras (WCQ)
     
  13. +PL+

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    Jun 22, 2015
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    October Friendlies
    Iran 2-0
    Togo
    South Korea 2-4 Russia
    Japan 2-1 New Zealand
    Saudi Arabia 5-2 Jamaica
    Australia 1-1 Syria

    Iran 1-1 Russia
    South Korea 1-3 Morocco
    Japan 3-3 Haiti
    Saudi Arabia 0-3 Ghana
    Australia 2-1 Syria
     
  14. +PL+

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    Jun 22, 2015
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    Australia 3-1 Honduras:
    It was OK. The second goal of Aussies was wrong. It was not a penalty. MOM Jedinak with a hatrick for Ostoralia!

    [​IMG]



    Japan 0-1 Belgium :coffee:
    Saudi Arabia 0-1 Bulgaria :barefoot:
    South Korea 1-1 Serbia :thumbsup:
     
  15. +PL+

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    Jun 22, 2015
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    Glimpses of what Sardar Azmoun can do if he gets his ass off the Russian league.

    [​IMG]
     
  16. RickChelsea

    RickChelsea Member

    Sep 28, 2008
    sidknee
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Country/National team:
    Mozambique
    he should of left that league ages ago

    he needs to find himself new agent and get a gig in a league with more eyes on him.
     
  17. thewitness

    thewitness Member

    Jul 10, 2013
    Club:
    Derby County FC
    Country/National team:
    Australia
    Well Australia is now looking for a new manager as Ange Postecoglou has resigned this morning. I wonder if they will go local or foreign?
     
  18. almango

    almango Member+

    Sydney FC
    Australia
    Nov 29, 2004
    Bulli, Australia
    Club:
    Sydney FC
    Country/National team:
    Australia
    The other question is do we go short term or long term. We could probably get a more accomplished coach if we go short term, but we also have the Asian Cup a little more than 12 months away. Options are hire a coach for 6 months to take us to the world cup, then look for the next cycle, hire a coach for 12 months to cover the WC and AC, or just go for a long term option to take us through to 2022.
     
  19. thewitness

    thewitness Member

    Jul 10, 2013
    Club:
    Derby County FC
    Country/National team:
    Australia
    I think short term might actually be the way to go. The only problem is the short time between WC & AC.
     
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  20. RickChelsea

    RickChelsea Member

    Sep 28, 2008
    sidknee
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Country/National team:
    Mozambique
    ******** it lets go short term. we got a decent group for once lets throw all our eggs into the basket and worry about long term and the asian cup afterwards
     
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  21. +PL+

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    Jun 22, 2015
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    Saudi Arabia has the easiest group of all. I don't know what else they can wish for.
    Japan and Australia has manageable groups but South Korea and Iran are place in worst groups, specially Iran. If there is any hope I guess it will be Japan who can have a good run. We (Iran) do our best to advance for next round but it will be a monumental task passing Portugal and Spain at the same time. If we had one of the two we could manage them but not it is a lot harder.
     
  22. (De La)Redstriker06

    May 3, 2003
    Club:
    Montreal Impact
    Country/National team:
    United States
    I was not anticipating a good World Cup for the Asian contingent and the draw doesn't do much to allay fears.

    Saudi Arabia has the best group but they are the weakest Asian team in the field and they fired the coach that got them there and then fired his replacement. Pizzi isn't a miracle worker, Russia isn't a great side but this is a team that lost to Bulgaria 1-0 and had its fair share of luck (penalties!) en route to qualifying for the World Cup.

    Iran will do some damage- particularly against Portugal. I can see the team drawing vs. Morocco and taking a point of Queiroz's homeland. Advancing though is going to be a bridge too far.

    Australia Not a bad group at all. I think Australia can neutralize Denmark and maybe even beat them. The Peru game will be a mystery but the Socceroos' chances are merely theoretical now. A lot will depend on the ability of a coach to rally the team within a couple of months of the tournament.

    Korea Republic stumbled through qualifying and have a real problem scoring- they also are under new stewardship. Not Good.

    Japan has a group eerily similar to the one they got in 2014- Colombia is weaker than it was four years ago but Poland is a stronger adversary than Greece. Senegal and Cote d'Ivoire are pretty similar in terms of ability/talent. Halilhodzic has been here before so maybe that gives Japan a bit more of an edge this time around.
     
  23. hammad_friend

    hammad_friend Member

    Dec 26, 2005
    Dubai, Karachi
    Club:
    Al Hilal Riyadh
    Country/National team:
    Saudi Arabia
    Iran has the hardest group among all Asian team.
    Korea has the 2nd tough group. third is Japan.
    Saudi, though seems to be an easy group on papers, but have a lot of work on the field specially in the 1st game against the host.
     
  24. HomokHarcos

    HomokHarcos Member+

    Jul 2, 2014
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Country/National team:
    United States
    I just looked at oddschecker, and according to the odds all 5 Asian teams are expected to finish last in their group.
     
  25. almango

    almango Member+

    Sydney FC
    Australia
    Nov 29, 2004
    Bulli, Australia
    Club:
    Sydney FC
    Country/National team:
    Australia
    No news on an Australian coach but a friendly on March 23 against Norway has been announced. In the press release they say they are looking for a second match in the March window and will confirm soon.
     

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