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Asian Cup Diaries - Everybody wants Chhetri, an Iraqi dream come true

Yusuf before Iraq's game against Vietnam outside the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Yusuf before Iraq's game against Vietnam outside the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
 

The Asian Cup is considered the World Cup for Asian nations, and one can see a glimpse of that in the playing styles on display. The West Asian nations (Saudi Arabia, Iran) are tough, rugged and play a fairly physical game, while those from further east (China, South Korea) are quick, technical and extremely clever at controlling the tempo in games. Then there are teams like India, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines and Turkmenistan, who are either all on debut or returning to this tournament after a...

Thousands celebrate Vietnam's AFF Cup triumph over Malaysia

Football fever gripped Vietnam again on Saturday night as thousands of fans flocked to the streets of the capital Hanoi to celebrate their country's victory over Malaysia in the AFF Cup final.

Nguyen Anh Duc's sixth minute volley secured a first regional title since 2008 for Vietnam and after the final whistle the streets around the My Dinh Stadium were soon teeming with flag-waving fans.

The supporters lit flares, waved national flags, blew vuvuzelas and honked car horns in a party atmosphere,...

Malaysia will 'keep calm' in the face of physical Vietnam - Tan Cheng Hoe

Malaysia head coach Tan Cheng Hoe has told ESPN that the message to his players ahead of Saturday's second leg of the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup final against Vietnam in Hanoi will be to keep calm in the face of expected provocation.

The Harimau Malaya fought back from a two goal deficit in the first leg in front of 90,000 fans in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday to draw 2-2. Amid the excitement, the home team felt that Vietnam were guilty of some over-physical tactics and that, among other things, Do Duy Manh...