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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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Wei Shihao moves from Portugal to Beijing Guoan for 2018 CSL

Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson break down ex-Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro's move back to Guangzhou Evergrande.

Beijing Guoan have announced the signing of China international Wei Shihao from Portuguese side Leixoes ahead of the 2018 Chinese Super League (CSL) season.

Wei, who made his debut for the Marcello Lippi-coached China national team at last month's East Asian Championship against South Korea, spent last season on loan at Shanghai SIPG.

The signing of the 22-year-old, which was confirmed on the club's social media outlets, is a coup for the capital side and the German coach Roger Schmidt.

They are...

 By Paul Murphy

Mauk, Cowburn goals help Australia beat Thailand in AFC U23 friendly

Jason Dasey and Kaz Patafta discuss how Ange Postecoglou will fit in at Yokohama and who the favourite is to become the new manager of Australia.
Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts evaluate Australia's World Cup group and assess whether they or any other Asian teams can progress.
The FC crew explain why Australia's outlook at the World Cup is dreary after being drawn with France, Peru and Denmark.
ESPN's Julien Laurens believes France will be very happy after drawing Australia, Peru and Denmark.

Australia's under-23 side emerged with a 2-1 victory over Thailand in the final warm-up match before the AFC U23 Championship begins in China this week.

Goals from Nicholas Cowburn and Stefan Mauk earned the win for the Olyroos before Supachok Sarachat struck a consolation for the Thais.

It took just eight minutes for the Aussies to open the scoring as Newcastle Jets defender Cowburn volleyed home on the rebound after Aleksandar Susnjar's header had hit the bar.

There were more opportunities in...

 By Kenneth Tan

Jordan Webb rejects Portugal offer to return to Tampines Rovers

As a dismal 2017 for Singapore football draws to a close, John Wilkinson joins Jason Dasey to reveal his hopes for 2018.
Tampines forward Jordan Webb
Jordan Webb, right, has played for five S.League clubs during his seven years in Singapore.

The opportunity to link up with coach Jurgen Raab again was too hard to resist for Jordan Webb as the Canadian winger turned down an offer from a Portuguese 2nd tier side to re-sign for Tampines Rovers in 2018.

Webb was previously under the tutelage of Raab at the Garena Young Lions, with the 58-year-old German inspiring them to several excellent displays in the second half of the 2015 season.

With offers from the Malaysia Super League also on the table, the 29-year-old admits that, although it...

 By Paul Murphy

Sam Kerr targets winning Asian Cup after being named AFC Player of Year

Matildas and Sky Blue FC forward Sam Kerr expresses her excitement for being awarded AFC Women's Player of the Year.

Matildas' striker Sam Kerr admits that lifting the 2017 AFC Award for Women's Player of the Year is the icing on the cake of a wonderful 12 months.

Kerr has broken several records, including becoming the National Women's Soccer League's (NWSL) all-time top scorer with Sky Blue FC, and finding the back of the net in the most consecutive games for Australia.

It has been a great year for the 24-year-old with the Matildas, who won the inaugural Tournament of Nations, beating the USA, Japan and Brazil...