The view from Asia

Asia asleep as talent blooms

July 7, 2013
By John Duerden
Three Asian teams are in the last eight of the Under-20 World Cup. Uzbekistan took on France while South Korea and Iraq take on each other. They are quite happy to do so partly because of familiarity breeding contentment but also because even Asian teams feel that tests against continental cousins are easier than those posed by South Americans or Europeans.

Success in such tournaments suggests that football in the east has come a long way, yet the fact that Asia underrates itself as much ...

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