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Jordan can surprise Australia in Asian Cup opener - Vital Borkelmans

Jordan coach Vital Borkelmans believes his team have what it takes to defeat Australia in the opening game of the 2019 Asian Cup.

The former assistant to Marc Wilmots with the Belgium national team from 2012 to 2016, became head coach in September and his first competitive international will be against the Socceroos on Jan. 6 in Al Ain.

"The first game is tough for both teams," Borkelmans told ESPN. "In these games everyone is looking around and is afraid to lose as well.

"We don't want to make...

 By PA Sport

Prince Ali: Ending FIFA's racism task force is 'ridiculous' and 'shameful'

Prince Ali bin Hussein has blasted FIFA for ending its anti-racism task force.

Former FIFA vice president Prince Ali bin Hussein of Jordan has attacked the decision to disband the FIFA anti-racism task force as "ridiculous" and "shameful."

In a statement posted on Twitter, Prince Ali described FIFA's stance that the task force had completed its mission as "incredibly worrying."

FIFA's decision was communicated in a letter to the task force's members this weekend and then reiterated by new secretary general Fatma Samoura at the Soccerex conference in Manchester on Monday.

Samoura,...

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Ukraine beat Albania while Romania and Switzerland also win friendlies

A battle between two European Championship rivals saw Ukraine claim a 3-1 victory over surprise qualifiers Albania in Bergamo, Italy, on Friday.

After conceding an early opener, Albania levelled quickly through Armando Sadiku but gave away another goal at the start of the second half, and Ukraine, also going to Euro 2016, sealed the win with two minutes to go.

The loud Albania fans, who filled half of the stadium in Bergamo, Italy, where their team were training before going to France, were quieted...

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Harry Redknapp unlikely to return as manager of Jordan

Harry Redknapp is willing to act as an advisor for Jordan but is unlikely to return as boss.

The former Tottenham manager's two-game deal finished after a 5-1 defeat in Australia on Tuesday ended Jordan's chances of reaching the 2018 World Cup.

They missed out on reaching the next stage of the Asian section by a point despite an 8-0 win over Bangladesh in Redknapp's first game last week.

Redknapp, who was initially appointed by president of the Jordan FA Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, was open to extending...