Thailand's head coach Kiatisuk 'Zico' Senamuang insists his side are ready to spring a surprise despite being drawn in a tough group B for the final phase of AFC qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The Thais have been placed in what looks the more difficult of the two qualifying groups, facing Asian champions Australia, regular World Cup finalists Japan and Middle Eastern heavyweights Saudi Arabia. They also have to play Iraq again -- having faced them in the previous round -- and the United...
Thailand will face Asian giants Australia and Japan in the final round of qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
The War Elephants were placed in Group B at the draw held in Malaysia on Tuesday, with the two heavyweights, as well as Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Iraq.
Kiatisuk Senamuang's men kick-off their first final round campaign since 2002 on Sept. 1 at Saudi Arabia before hosting four-time Asian champions Japan five days later.
"We always knew it was going to be a tough draw for us,"...
Australia and Japan will meet in the final round of 2018 AFC World Cup qualification for the third successive time following the draw made in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday afternoon.
The Samurai Blue and the Socceroos developed a major rivalry after clashes at the 2006 World Cup, qualification for the 2010 and 2014 global tournaments and the 2011 Asian Cup final which Japan won 1-0.
Both will be hoping to finish in the top two spots in Group B and qualify automatically for Russia.
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Conservative MP Damian Collins has called on president Gianni Infantino to speak out after a new report by Amnesty International alleged systematic abuse of migrant workers involved in preparations for the 2022 World Cup.
Collins, a member of the House of Commons Select Committee for Culture, Media and Sport, believes FIFA has not addressed crucial issues relating to the tournament in Qatar.
The report claimed workers were being forced to live in squalid accommodation, pay huge recruitment fees and...