Tag: asia

Football in Japan’s incredible city of Nagasaki

THERE IS AN EERIE CALM TO THE CITY OF NAGASAKI, which is difficult to gauge. It is a spellbindingly friendly city, one which is rightly proud of a heritage which stretches back…

The grassroots issues stopping Asian football from growing

WHEN STEPHEN CONSTANTINE TOOK CHARGE of the Indian national team for the second time, he found out that Indian football’s elite academy recruited players from just two youth tournaments in New Delhi.…

The Australian footballers looking to Asia for a career boost

AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL MADE A SEISMIC SHIFT in 2006, moving to a different continent as the country left the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and joined the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It wasn’t the…

Park Ji-sung: the first nuclear-powered South Korean

Illustration by Federico Manasse For a man who was once described by Andrea Pirlo as “the first nuclear-powered South Korean”, South Korea’s Park Ji-Sung has made quite the name for himself for…

Iraq vs Kuwait: a great Middle Eastern football rivalry

Illustration by Federico Manasse. Check out more of his work here SADDAM HUSSEIN WAS NOT PLEASED. And when Saddam Hussein was not pleased, bad things tended to happen. The object of his…

Carlos Queiroz: the man for a nation

THE NAME Carlos Queiroz provokes disparate sentiments in the minds of supporters of the clubs and countries which he has coached or managed throughout the years. Portuguese fans, in general, view him…

The near-misses and future hope of Uzbekistan

ASK A FOOTBALL EXPERT about the powerhouses of Asian football and the answers would be familiar: Australia, South Korea, Iran and Japan. Uzbekistan may not be on that list, but its history…