The 1962 Asian Games: when India conquered the continent

Cyril Radcliffe was a civil servant who was little known outside British bureaucratic circles before 1947. However, the events which transpired in August of the same year would etch his name into eternity. On 17 August 1947, details about the Radcliffe Line were published, dividing 450,000 square kilometres to partition India and Pakistan. Chaos and civil disorder…

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Syria’s faint hope through football

Syrian forward Mahmoud Al-Mawas cuts through two Chinese defenders, caresses the ball away gently from the on-rushing goalkeeper, maintaining his balance all the while, to score the only goal of the game. Three points settled in a tenacious fashion in front of approximately 37,000 spectators. Prior to the crucial match in Xian, only eight Syrian…

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What China’s money means for the future of Asian football

Chinese football has been grabbing the headlines recently, mainly due to the huge transfer fees that have been paid to entice players to head east. Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao have splashed the cash on Colombian striker Jackson Martínez while Jiangsu Suning have acquired Brazilians Ramires and Alex Teixeira for mouth-watering sums. These transfers have made headlines around…

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The unrelenting rise of Buriram United

NESTLED IN NORTH EAST THAILAND, 400km from the gleaming skyscrapers and tourist traps of Bangkok, at first sight Buriram seems an unlikely place for a football revolution to be taking place. The north east of Thailand is considered the poorest part of the country, with many internal migrants heading to the capital in search of job…

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Gary Lineker in the Land of the Rising Sun

ON MAY 2, 1992, Gary Winston Lineker scored his final goal in English football as Tottenham Hotspur lost 3-1 to Manchester United. Following the game, players, managers and fans across the UK began to pay tribute to a man who had spent the last ten years terrorizing defences in both Spain and England; a man one goal…

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