2014 World Cup qualification

South Asia's spicy rivalry

June 22, 2011
By John Duerden
It's been 40 years since Bangladesh, then known as East Pakistan, split from West Pakistan and in that time, neither South Asian nation has made much, if any, impact on the world of football. In fact the way things are going, optimistic would be the fan who predicted an appearance at the World Cup within the next four decades, even if the two countries, which went to war in 1971, somehow decided to get back together in a football sense and pool their playing resources.

That is not going ...

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