Australia have been confirmed as the hosts of the 2015 Asian Cup after the Asian Football Confederation approved their uncontested bid on Wednesday.
Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has no plans to make the Asian Cup his international swan song, saying he's keen to continue playing for Australia.
Promising teenage winger Tommy Oar has been called up to Australia's squad for the Asian Cup after Hull's Richard Garcia was ruled out with a knee injury.
Australia, Japan and South Korea head into the Asian Cup as clear favourites in a tournament that will test Qatar's ability to host a major event after being controversially awarded the 2022 World Cup.
The 2022 World Cup bid wounds are still raw but Football Federation Australia is set to ease the pain slightly by securing the 2015 Asian Cup next week.
Robbie Kruse plans to make the most of a dream opportunity after making Australia's 23-man squad for next month's Asian Cup in Qatar.
Australia striker Archie Thompson will not play at the Asian Cup after he strained his right hamstring while scoring in Victory's 2-0 win over Perth Glory.
Reports that Diego Maradona is keen to manage Iran are wide of the mark as the former Argentina boss prepares to visit the country.
Iran manager Afshin Ghotbi says that he will leave his post after the 2011 Asian Cup in January, with rumours that Frank Rijkaard could take over quashed by the Iran Football Federation.
Iraq's international future could be in jeopardy after elections to select a new Iraq Football Association board were postponed.