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 By AAP

Asian Cup seedings: Australia, Iran, Japan, South Korea in pot one

Australia's new manager Graham Arnold discusses how proud is he to take over the coaching reigns after the World Cup.
Newly appointed Socceroos manager Graham Arnold wants to continue Ange Postecoglou's proud culture.

Familiar foes and unknown quantities await the Socceroos at next year's Asian Cup after the confirmation of seedings for the tournament.

Australia, the reigning Asian champions, could be paired with World Cup qualifying opponents Syria and Jordan in the United Arab Emirates-hosted competition next January.

Or they could notch up their first official matches against Turkmenistan, Palestine, Vietnam and Yemen.

The tournament will be the first major priority of incoming coach Graham Arnold, who will...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Philippines, Yemen both qualify for Asian Cup for first time

Philippines beat Tajikistan to advance to the Asian Cup.

Philippines, North Korea and Yemen earned the final three qualification places for next year's Asian Cup on Tuesday.

Philippines beat Tajikistan 2-1 in Manila to secure their spot, a result that also meant Yemen qualified before they even took the pitch against Nepal.

Needing a draw to qualify, Philippines -- managed by former United States international Thomas Dooley -- fell behind in the 64th minute as Ahktam Nazarov converted a penalty.

But Kevin Ingreso equalised with a header 10 minutes later,...

 By AAP

Lisa De Vanna stars as Matildas thrash Thailand in Asian Cup warm-up

Lisa De Vanna scores the first of her two goals against Thailand.

Lisa De Vanna scored a double as the Matildas warmed up for their Asian Cup campaign with a 5-0 win over Thailand in Perth on Monday.

De Vanna scored either side of half-time, with Chloe Logarzo, Alex Chidiac and Larissa Crummer also on the scoresheet in front of 7,549 fans at nib stadium.

Hometown hero Sam Kerr came close to scoring on several occasions but could not find the finishing touch before being substituted in the 55th minute.

De Vanna missed two golden chances from point-blank range in...

India's preparation for 'huge' Asian Cup starts now

Head coach Stephen Constantine's contract has been extended by a year, till the end of the tournament in UAE

Sunil Chhetri limps as he walks through the mixed zone at the Kanteerava Stadium, having given the Indian Super League (ISL) broadcasters an interview after leading Bengaluru FC to the playoffs in their maiden season.

He reveals it happened because of a stomp on his foot - a tiny but visible mark on his left leg validates this - and only started hurting once substituted. After answering a few questions on his club, there's a twinkle in his eye as he cuts short a query about how critical the next...

India's bare 2018 calendar a cause of concern

'A four-nations tournament in June is likely to be the first major assignment for India in their run-up to the AFC Asian Cup in January next year.'

A four-nations tournament in June is likely to be the first major assignment for India in their run-up to the AFC Asian Cup in UAE, slated to start on January 5 next year.

With just one Asian Cup qualifier (vs. Kyrgyzstan on March 27) and the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) championship being the only other assured football pencilled in for India, that might not be enough for them to prepare for the continental tournament, where India will be making their first appearance since 2011.

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