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 By John Duerden

Southeast Asian nations could co-host 2034 World Cup, says official

The Exploding Heads are pumped for Germany and Brazil on day four of the World Cup, but also reveal the Joker 9 card in anti-fantasy football.
The guys respond to your tweets about breakout stars in Russia, Cristiano Ronaldo's Golden Boot chances and former USMNT players backing Mexico.
Recap all the key storylines from the third day of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Malaysia's member of the FIFA Council has suggested that Southeast Asian countries could combine to host the 2034 World Cup.

Tengku Abdullah, speaking to reporters after returning from the FIFA Congress in Moscow, said four countries from the region, which lies between India to the west and China to the east and is home to around 700 million people, would have a strong case when the decision is made in 2026.

"ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] has an opportunity and the strength to put...

 By Rob Brooks

Australia's Andrew Nabbout caps stellar rise with World Cup selection

Andrew Nabbout says he desperately wants to be in the squad to face one of the World Cup favourites.
Mathew Leckie's double led the way for Australia in their World Cup tune-up as they defeated the Czech Republic with ease.
Can Australia make an impact at Russia 2018 under new coach Bert van Marwijk? Here's a look at how the Socceroos shape up.
He's the X-Factor that Australia needs, but will Bert van Marwijk take Daniel Arzani to Russia?
Thomas Sørensen has backed Australia to potentially cause an upset in their group at the World Cup.

As Bert van Marwijk revealed Australia's 23-man World Cup squad on Sunday, the astonishing rise of striker Andrew Nabbout was made complete.

Just three years ago, after struggling to find another contract in Australia's A-League, Nabbout made the unlikely switch to the Malaysian second division with unheralded outfit Negeri Sembilan in an attempt to resurrect his fledgling career.

Though the move took him completely out of view from those in his homeland, he worked tirelessly on his game, netting...

 By John Duerden

Saudi Arabia impress, South Korea need tougher tests, Japan struggling in defence

Juan Antonio Pizzi will be the new man on the sideline as Saudi Arabia look to spring a surprise in Group A.
In their four World Cup appearances, Iran have never made it out of the group stages. Will they finally find form in Russia?
The ESPN FC crew preview Saudi's Arabia chances of advancing out of their group for the second time in their World Cup history.

Four of Asia's five representatives started the final phase of preparations for the 2018 World Cup this week with friendlies against a variety of opponents.

ESPNFC looks at the big lessons that emerged from the respective games.

Saudi Arabia may not need a striker

On the face of it, the lowest-ranked team in the tournament (67) have a mountain to climb at their first World Cup since 2006 and Group A games against hosts Russia, Uruguay and Egypt.

Saudi Arabia can however take plenty of positives...

 By John Duerden

Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta's arrival a massive boost for J.League and Asia

The saga of where Andres Iniesta will go next is officially over. Not China, Australia or the Middle East (like former Barcelona teammate Xavi) but Japan. The J.League is now home to one of the best players in the world and Vissel Kobe are once again showing their ambition to move from a middling Japanese team to the best in Asia.

It is only a matter of time before the 2010 World Cup winner slides the ball through a packed Japanese defence for 2014 champion Lukas Podolski to score a goal for the...

Guangzhou Evergrande drop five points behind Shanghai SIPG after loss

Fabio Cannavaro is hoping his Guangzhou Evergrande side will come back from the Chinese Super League's two-month World Cup break mentally refreshed after the seven-time champions dropped further off the pace with a 2-0 loss against Beijing Renhe on Sunday.

Benjamin Moukandjo and Augusto Fernandez scored for the newly promoted side as Evergrande dropped five points behind leaders Shanghai SIPG, who defeated Jiangsu Suning 2-0 to return to the summit ahead of the finals in Russia next month.


Late Wu Xinghan winner helps Shandong Luneng go top of table

Wu Xinghan's 93rd-minute winner moved Shandong Luneng to the top of the Chinese Super League standings as Li Xiaopeng's side handed Tianjin Teda a last-gasp 2-1 defeat on Friday.

The win moves Shandong three points clear of Shanghai SIPG, who play fourth-placed Jiangsu Suning on Sunday evening in the final round of matches before the league takes a two-month break for the summer's World Cup finals.

But despite the win -- Shandong's seventh from 11 league games so far this season -- Li was far from...