World Cup crunch matches for South Korea and Australia

Holger Osieck. Photo: EPA

With Japan becoming the first team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup last week, the focus in Asian qualifying turns to the progress of South Korea and Australia.

Tuesday, 11 June, 2013, 4:27am

Kyrgyzstan sets sights on Xinjiang coal market

Kyrgyzstan sets sights on Xinjiang coal market. Photo: AP

Kyrgyzstan is aiming to become a major coking coal supplier to the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. But the goal will only be realised if a railway is built to link China to the landlocked and mountainous nation in Central Asia to allow low-cost transport of bulk commodities.

1 Apr 2013 - 4:04am

Uzbekistan win will require top form, Hong Kong coach Kim Pan-gon says

Kim Pan-gon

Hong Kong will have to perform to the standard they set against Australia recently if they are to take anything from Uzbekistan in their opening Asian Cup qualifier, says interim coach Kim Pan-gon.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:16am

We'll settle for a draw in Uzbekistan, says HK coach ahead of qualifier

Hong Kong would be happy with a draw when they take on home side Uzbekistan in the 2012 London Olympics Asian zone qualifying tournament in Tashkent today.

'It's always difficult in an away match,' said coach Liu Chun-fai, who left with the Under-23 squad for the Central Asian state on Wednesday to acclimatise.

19 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Today's World Cup qualifiers


Group one, in Tashkent: Uzbekistan v Japan (10.05pm).

In Doha: Qatar v Australia (11.59pm).

Group two, in Pyongyang: North Korea v Iran (4pm).

In Dubai: United Arab Emirates v South Korea (00.15am, tomorrow).


Group one, in Solna: Sweden v Denmark (2am, tomorrow).

6 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

A question of faith

During dinner at a Tashkent restaurant a story is being told. It's the story of a Chinese town not far away where grapes grow as in Eden, hanging fat and untouched.

'It's because the people are Muslim,' the storyteller concludes. 'They can't make wine.'

4 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Hong Kong aim for second spot after shocking Uzbekistan

Hong Kong's Fed Cup team have set their sights on a second-place finish in pool A when they take on South Korea in the Asia/Oceania zone group one tournament in Christchurch, New Zealand, today.

19 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Talking a good games

'A sponsor? What's a sponsor? We don't have such a thing. We have mum and dad and they buy us a pair of shorts if we are lucky'

Men's cycling points race silver medallist Vladimir Tuychiev of Uzbekistan, on sponsorship

17 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

HK junior ace Chan in second round

Venise Chan Wing-yau, Hong Kong's first female player to compete in the US Junior Open, has reached the second round at Flushing Meadows.

Chan, ranked third in the Asian junior standings and 28th in the world juniors, beat Italian player Corinna Dentoni in the opening round 6-7, 7-5, 7-5 and will next face sixth-seeded American Julia Cohen.

7 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Fantastic Fan saves the day for SAR

'The Hong Kong goalkeeper played too well,' laments Uzbekistan coach

Goalkeeper Fan Chun-yip turned in a magnificent performance at the Hong Kong Stadium last night as the SAR team forced a 0-0 draw against Uzbekistan in the Asian Cup group F qualifying tournament.

7 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Sham keeps HK in hunt

Hong Kong came back from two goals down to earn a pulsating 2-2 draw with Uzbekistan to keep their hopes alive in an Asian Cup group F qualifier in Tashkent last night.

17 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

SAR suffer fifth straight loss against Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan beat Hong Kong 86-47 at the 23rd men's FIBA Asia Basketball Championships in Doha, Qatar, on Tuesday. The match was dominated by Uzbekistan, who built up a 46-15 lead at half-time.

15 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Economic issues come to the fore at regional grouping

Organisation aims to be driving force in trade as well as security and border issues

A raft of trade and economic initiatives in various industries is expected from the six-nation Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO) meeting in Tajikistan in September.

E-commerce, customs, investment and transport are some of the industries to be included in the initiatives.

30 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

More talk than action - so far

A new anti-terrorism centre came into existence last week, in the Uzbeki capital of Tashkent. Called the Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure, it was set up during a summit of the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO) - a regional security grouping that used the meeting to complete its new organisational structure.

23 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Banking on the Xinjiang model

On November 14, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank were out in force at Kazakhstan's conference on financial system reforms. But nobody in the central Asian republic was interested in their proselytising. Instead, attention turned to a new guest - Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of the People's Bank of China.

24 Nov 2003 - 12:00am