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 By John Duerden

Guus Hiddink 'not offered' South Korea return for World Cup - Korea FA

Tim Cahill discusses his new role with Australia and praises Thailand's resilience in their World Cup Qualifier.
Bruce Arena says while the U.S. got a big point vs. Honduras, the door to Russia hasn't opened at all just yet.

Hours after South Korea sealed their involvement in a ninth successive World Cup, Korea FA officials were denying media reports that Dutchman Guus Hiddink was in line for a sensational return to take over as head coach.

The Taeguk Warriors finished second in Group A on Tuesday after a tense goalless draw in Uzbekistan.

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Current coach Shin Tae-Yong was appointed in July for the final two games to replace Uli Stielike, sacked in June after three losses in five previous qualifiers. The deal will...

South Korea, Saudia Arabia qualify for World Cup; Syria earn Australia playoff

South Korea become the third team from Asia to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, joining Iran and Japan.

South Korea booked their place at a ninth straight World Cup finals on Tuesday evening as a 0-0 draw with Uzbekistan was enough for Shin Tae-yong and his team to book their ticket for Russia while Saudi Arabia's 1-0 win over Japan condemned Australia to a place in the playoffs.

Fahad Al Muwallad's thunderbolt of a strike ensured the Saudis will go to the World Cup for the first time since 2006, joining Japan, South Korea and Iran as Asia's representatives at next year's tournament.

Australia, meanwhile,...

 By John Duerden

Ki Sung-Yueng 'fit' but may not start in World Cup qualifier for South Korea

Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson discuss Son Heung-Min and Ki Sung-Yeung's call-ups for South Korea and their race to be fit.

Ahead of South Korea's crucial 2018 AFC World Cup qualifier in Uzbekistan on Tuesday, head coach Shin Tae-Yong has a dilemma: whether to start captain Ki Sung-Yueng.

The talented Swansea City midfielder has not played since injuring his knee during a 3-2 loss in Qatar in June. The 28 year-old may be fit again, but Shin is concerned about his lack of match practice.

Ki did not even make the bench in last Thursday's 0-0 draw with Iran in Seoul. He watched from the sidelines as his teammates missed...

Japan book World Cup place, China win while Koreans draw with Iran

Jason Dasey and David Mitchell recap Australia's defeat to Japan and evaluate the Socceroos' prospects for qualifying.
Japan qualified for their sixth straight World Cup following their 2-0 win over Australia.
Australia's Jackson Irvine credits Japan's game plan and still feels Australia can qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Japan booked their berth at next year's World Cup finals as Vahid Halilhodzic's side handed Australia a 2-0 defeat on Thursday evening that guarantees the Samurai Blue top spot in Group B of Asia's qualifying campaign for Russia 2018.

Takuma Asano gave the Japanese the lead four minutes before the half-time break when he was left unmarked to slide Yuto Nagatomo's cross beyond Mat Ryan to put Japan in front after Mathew Leckie had earlier hit the post for the Socceroos.

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