The view from Asia

Asian steps to World Cup glory

April 15, 2012
By John Duerden
(Archive)
"Anything is possible in football, so not now but maybe in ten years' time an Asian country will win the World Cup," South Korea's Park Ji-Sung said last week. As talented as the Manchester United star is, he is no Pele, but that also holds true when it comes to predictions. The Brazilian's statement that an African team would win the World Cup before the end of the 20th century is now the most famous, or infamous, reminder that he was far better with a ball of leather than one of crystal.

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