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Old December 27th, 2010, 11:29 AM   #101
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Old December 27th, 2010, 01:07 PM   #102
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Thank you - that's where its been hiding!
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Old December 27th, 2010, 01:11 PM   #103
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Thank you - that's where its been hiding!
So how about we get some predictions going?

Can't go too far past Korea for mine - a well organised team who IMO play the best football in Asia.

Final - Korea beating Japan (would be a cracking final)
3rd/4th - Australia beating Iran
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Old December 27th, 2010, 02:02 PM   #104
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to bad khalifa gets only 3 group games a lot of potential tickets and money lost whit this... as for the winner, one of these 3 : korea republic (final for shure) , japan, australia. qatar might not pass the groups
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Old December 28th, 2010, 02:25 AM   #105
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to bad khalifa gets only 3 group games a lot of potential tickets and money lost whit this... as for the winner, one of these 3 : korea republic (final for shure) , japan, australia. qatar might not pass the groups
Of course you would naturally expect these 3 to be favourites,being the highest rated teams They are nearly 100 spots above the hosts and East Asia had all available WC spots for 2010 despite playing the same amount of games as nations from West Asia
The fact that you say Doha might not get out of the group stage in its own City Cup only reinforces 1 message
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Old December 28th, 2010, 02:37 AM   #106
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So how about we get some predictions going?

Can't go too far past Korea for mine - a well organised team who IMO play the best football in Asia.

Final - Korea beating Japan (would be a cracking final)
3rd/4th - Australia beating Iran
Probably a fair assessment.I don't think Australia will win as the team will be deflated about other circumstances a month earlier.As the draw turned out they will be playing all their matches in Doha I believe


Btw,I'm tipping Iraq to have a massive Asian Cup and of all the West Asian Countries and Cities competing I'd like to see them do well
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Old December 28th, 2010, 03:30 AM   #107
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haven't really seen any of the teams playing in the lead up apart from australia
of course japan korea and australia have a good chance
the saudi's are always good value as well
would like to see osieck bring in tommy oar and sarota for the tournament, would like to see how they fair against asian oposition at senior level
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Old December 28th, 2010, 03:38 AM   #108
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South korea have really good squad with Park Ji sung will have his last NT matches, i expect South Korea goes to the final. Australia, Japan and Saudi Arabia also favourites

My only problem is that India as AFC challenge cup champion gave them automatic entry into the final round of AFC asian cup, while other team from my region (South East Asia) like Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam had to play in the qualification stages. Of course AFC challenge up is not competitive enough....compare to the Asian cup qualification stages..

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Old December 28th, 2010, 02:03 PM   #109
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Of course you would naturally expect these 3 to be favourites,being the highest rated teams They are nearly 100 spots above the hosts and East Asia had all available WC spots for 2010 despite playing the same amount of games as nations from West Asia
Bahrain was close in 2006 and 2010 , don't relay understand how they got beaten by new zealand in the play-off

btw group c must be the death group:d
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Old December 28th, 2010, 03:25 PM   #110
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Group C a death group ? is it really ? it seems to be almost the same level as Group B.

Group A are all almost equal.
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Old December 28th, 2010, 04:29 PM   #111
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Most likely to progress if the teams don't get food poisoning en-masse
A-Uzbekistan
B-Japan
C-Sth K and Aus
D-Iraq

Iraq and the Uzbek's are far better than those rankings
26 1 Australia
29 2 Japan
40 3 Korea Republic
66 4 Iran
81 5 Saudi Arabia
87 6 China PR
93 7 Bahrain
101 9 Iraq
102 10 Kuwait
104 11 Jordan
105 12 United Arab Emirates
107 13 Syria
108 14 Korea DPR
109 15 Uzbekistan
114 16 Qatar
142 23 India

Its an absolute joke when more than half the field is ranked lower than 100,including the hosts who are second lowest and have dropped again to 114
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Old December 28th, 2010, 09:08 PM   #112
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I would choose Iran for group D. But todays friendly between Qatar and Iran (which ended in 0-0) raises my doubts on their team.

AFC is not really UEFA, in terms of performance off course.


Qatar, Iran in goalless stalemate



Doha: AFC Asian Cup hosts Qatar played out a scoreless draw with three-time champions Iran at Khalifa Stadium on Tuesday evening as both sides continued their preparations for next month’s continental championship.

Both Bruno Metsu and Afshin Ghotbi – the Qatar and Iran coaches respectively – fielded strong sides as they search for the form they hope will see their teams progress beyond the group stages of the competition.

Neither coach will have been too disappointed with the result at the end of a game that lacked the spark often associated with more competitive games.

The first half was a flat affair with only a handful of chances throughout the 45 minutes.

Sebastian Soria twice went close for the home team as he fired his right-footed effort just wide from the edge of the penalty area before Mehdi Rahmati blocked another effort from the Uruguay-born striker moments later.

The Iranians dominated possession throughout the opening period but rarely troubled the Qatar goalkeeper Saad Abdulla.

Only Andranik Teymourian went close for the Iranians, but the former Bolton Wanderers midfielder sent his effort wide when he should have tested the goalkeeper.

The second half was just as low key although former AFC Player of the Year Khalfan Ibrahim – introduced as a substitute during the first half – should have done better two minutes after the restart, but the striker’s miss-hit effort was a tame attempt.

Qatar kick off their challenge for the AFC Asian Cup on January 7 when they take on Uzbekistan in Group A, which also features Kuwait and China.

The Iranians, meanwhile, meet defending champions Iraq on January 11 in their first encounter in Group D before facing DPR Korea and the United Arab Emirates.

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Old December 28th, 2010, 09:09 PM   #113
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will this tournament be broadcast on eurosport like can :d i would like to watch it :d
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Old December 28th, 2010, 11:56 PM   #114
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Will this tournament be broadcast on Eurosport?
Yes - there are some Live matches, but most games will be broadcast later on in the evening in a highlights package.
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Old December 29th, 2010, 12:26 AM   #115
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First of all:

Cornelinho, what the f*u*ck are those :d's for? What does that mean?



This would be interesting competition. There are many title contenders, and I would give my vote to Australia, and Korea Republic maybe. I also expect refs to push Qatar. And I expect good result from China (dont know why, though).


So, my prediction for first stage:

Group Stage

A group
1. China
2. Qatar

B group
1. Japan
2. Saudi Arabia

C group
1. Korea Republic
2. Australia

D group
1. Iraq
2. Iran
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Old December 29th, 2010, 07:57 AM   #116
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Like that list, except I feel in the last game for group A will decide whether Qatar or Kuwait get in, and I feel that the advantage will be given to Qatar even though Kuwait played better.

Other than that I think thats how the first stage will result
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Old December 29th, 2010, 10:49 AM   #117
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The rankings are so bad it really should be between the top 8 teams in the AFC.
Uzbekistan and China will progress unless there is political interference once again
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Old December 29th, 2010, 11:42 AM   #118
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The rankings are so bad it really should be between the top 8 teams in the AFC.
Uzbekistan and China will progress unless there is political interference once again
I saw Metsu (National team coach) and HH the Emir having lunch at a restaurant earlier this week, we might be expecting a surprise.

Its weird how the recent posts seem to hint that they expect Qatar to "somehow" make it through he group stage, some say advantage over better playing Kuwait, the others say unfair referees. Now its politics ! Just because Qatar won the 2022 World Cup HOSTING rights, doesn't mean they will have a sparkling performance in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup.

Never the less, I am attending the matches with my friends , Qatar vs Uzbekistan (Opening Ceremony & Match), Qatar vs Kuwait (VIP seats !!) & the Final.
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Old December 30th, 2010, 07:59 AM   #120
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I saw Metsu (National team coach) and HH the Emir having lunch at a restaurant earlier this week, we might be expecting a surprise.

Its weird how the recent posts seem to hint that they expect Qatar to "somehow" make it through he group stage, some say advantage over better playing Kuwait, the others say unfair referees. Now its politics ! Just because Qatar BOUGHT the 2022 World Cup HOSTING rights, doesn't mean they will have a sparkling performance in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup.

Never the less, I am attending the matches with my friends , Qatar vs Uzbekistan (Opening Ceremony & Match), Qatar vs Kuwait (VIP seats !!) & the Final.
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Don't ever kid yourself it was any other way

And tbh,its far easier/cheaper to buy a ref and 2 assistants than it is to buy an ExCo vote.Lets just see what transpires-but I'm positive there will be some level of interference now after what we've seen over the last few months.
What a dire situation,that its come to this

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