Socceroos tipped to win

SYDNEY - When the 14th Asian Cup kicks off on Saturday it will mark the start of not only the region's premier soccer event but also the beginning of a bold new era for the sport in Asia.

SYDNEY - When the 14th Asian Cup kicks off on Saturday it will mark the start of not only the region's premier soccer event but also the beginning of a bold new era for the sport in Asia.

Joining traditional powerhouses Japan, South Korea, Iran and Saudi Arabia in the tournament are Australia, who defected to Asia from Oceania in January last year in search of bigger competitions and better opposition.

With the Socceroos come a host of players from soccer's biggest stage. England's Premier League, Spain's Primera Liga, Italy's Serie A and German's Bundesliga are all represented by members of the Australian side that are favourites in the Asian Cup. - Reuters

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