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World Cup draw: Asia and Oceania


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World Cup draw: Asia and Oceania

Ahead of Friday’s draw, a quick look at the teams in the Asia and Oceania pot:

Asian champions Japan were the first side to qualify for the finals in Brazil.

Head coach Alberto Zaccheroni demanded tough friendly fixtures to get ready for the finals. The team certainly delivered.

Zaccheroni has the tactical know-how and the creative talents to get his team into the final 16 in Brazil.

However, a weak central defence is likely to be their undoing when they face the top sides next year.

South Korea

South Korea will play at their eighth consecutive World Cup finals next year.

A 1-0 home loss to Iran in the final qualifier meant South Korea took the last automatic place on goal difference.

Their qualification campaign ended with the team coach quitting over concerns the team were headed for embarrassment in Brazil.

South Korea reached the semi-finals on home soil in 2002.

Iran

Iran just pulled through the fourth round of Asian qualifiers but really came to life at the end with three wins to finish as group winners.

Those wins in June improved the confidence of the three-times Asian champions.

The team is physically stronger than most in the region, however they’ll need to beat a top European or South American team to make the knockout stages for the first time.

Australia

Australia’s friendly defeats to Brazil and France after a tough qualifying campaign led to coach Holger Osieckbeing being dismissed and replaced by Ange Postecoglou.

He’ll be looking to restore the fighting spirit that once defined the team.

There’s a lot of excitement about young attacking players like Tommy Oar and Tom Rogic and they will get their chance to step up to international football under the new coach.

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