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 By Reuters

Former Egypt boss Hector Cuper takes over as Uzbekistan head coach

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Hector Cuper, who managed Egypt at the World Cup, has been named coach of Uzbekistan.

HONG KONG -- Former Valencia manager Hector Cuper has been named the new head coach of Uzbekistan, the country's football association announced on Wednesday.

Cuper, who managed Egypt at the World Cup in Russia over the summer, has been handed a contract through to the 2022 finals in Qatar as Uzbekistan attempt to secure a place at the tournament for the first time.

The 62-year-old will be unveiled in Tashkent on Aug. 6, according to a post on the Uzbekistan Football Association's official website...

 By Paul Murphy

Vietnam suffer extra-time defeat to Uzbekistan in AFC U23 final

Gaining glory for Vietnam wasn't easy for Le Cong Vinh, who's passion for football has been in his soul since a young age.

Vietnam's hearts were broken as Andrey Sidorov struck the winning goal in the final minute of extra-time to give Uzbekistan victory in a snowy AFC U23 Championship final in China.

The Southeast Asian side had recovered from conceding an early goal to Rustamjon Ashurmatov's header as Quang Hai struck a superb free kick to level the score at 1-1.

It remained deadlocked until the 119th minute, when Sidirov, who had just come on as a substitute, volleyed home from close range to seal the title for the...

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

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...