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    Asian Football Teams

    Japan and Korea have to prove that their last Cup run wasn't just the result of the home crowd advantage. Other than these two teams, the rest of Asia seems to be terrible. Is it just due to the late start compared to Europe and Latin America? Are other factors like poor youth developmental leagues, lack of sponsorships, effective marketing, political mismanagement, lack of funds more the reason? I know cricket is the national sport in India, but it is being rapidly overtaken by football due to satellite feeds of the English Premier League and La Liga. In twenty years, can they qualify for the Cup? How about Thailand? I remember living there during the last World Cup. Thaksin talked about doing everything he could to emulate Koreas success. Well, it looks he failed miserably. So why is Asia the bottom of the barrel when it comes to football?

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    There's a lot of factors, but just for starters, I would say the lack of physical size, lack of funding and lack of discipline are the three main factors.

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    I would say it's cos they're shite, but that's only speculation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    There's a lot of factors, but just for starters, I would say the lack of physical size, lack of funding and lack of discipline are the three main factors.
    Is India's cricket or field hockey teams (the most played sports) known for a lack of discipline? Honestly don't know because I never watch cricket.

    In terms of physical size, what is the ideal height/weight for a soccer player?

    Funding does seem to play a large role. Saudi Arabia's team is flush and they usually make the Cup, but the constant firing of coaches and meddling seem to undermine the team.

    An interesting article in the Times describes how the US went from nothing to a decent team in a relatively short period of time. Instead of trying to emulate Brazil or England's playing style, they played to the strengths of their own football culture.

    "What we're good at and why we've been successful is that we know what we are," Donovan, the American playmaker, told me. "A lot of countries pretend to be something they're not. A lot of teams like to pretend they're like the Brazilians. Well, you don't have the athletes the Brazilians do. You don't have the soccer knowledge and skill they do. We understand that. We're not the most talented team in the world, by far. But we are one of the most competitive, with the best spirit, the fittest, and with some of the best athletes. And we use that to our advantage."
    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/04/sp...americans.html

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