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Yet tables do lie and can be misleading sometimes simply because they deal exclusively with figures and do not show anything else.

Started by qaz123, 2014/08/05 10:36PM
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#1   2014/08/05 10:36PM
For all the so-called progress the region has made in recent years, it appears that there is still a chasm separating the European and South American masters and their Asian students.

The four teams representing Asia did not win one match in Brazil and all went home at the completion of the first phase.

This unsatisfactory result led to a rather dismal assessment of Asian football standards.

The findings of an independent British study on the World Cup, for example, make interesting reading.

The Cambridge University Press analysed millions of words used to describe the 32 participating teams up to the semi-finals and came up with the top three for each team.

The three words used most in relation to Australia were 'positive', 'effort' and 'spirited'.

That's not a bad return but these are the sort of words you usually use in relation to teams that work hard and have a go but cannot really play all that well.

For Iran the words used were 'defend', 'hope' and 'drought' and for Japan they were 'possession', 'disappointing' and 'frustrated'.

Korea Republic's assessment was damning: 'woeful', 'failure' and embarrassing'.

That would appear to be an apt appraisal if you look 2014 world cup jerseys at the cold, hard facts.

At this point, however, one has to ask if Asian football is really as bad as it was made to look and whether the critique was essentially influenced by poor results and high expectations.

As so often happens in football results and standings are the barometer of the game and had a lot to do with the air of doom and gloom that descended on the region.

Yet tables do lie and can be misleading sometimes simply because they deal exclusively with figures and do not show anything else.

For example, the record books will show that the Australians lost all three matches in Brazil.

What they won't record is the Socceroos' gallant fightback against Chile that nearly saw them draw level after a kamikaze opening in which they conceded two goals. The 3-1 defeat flattered the South Americans, no doubt about that.

What they won't show, either, is the Socceroos' inspiring performance against Netherlands.

The boys in green and gold were as good as the Dutch stars for most of the match and could so easily have taken a point from the match they eventually lost 3-2.

Tim Cahill, who scored one of the best goals of the tournament in the match, was spot-on just after the final whistle when he said "Australian football earned a lot of respect today".

The Socceroos would have no complaints about the final 3-0 defeat to Spain.

Iran should not be too downhearted by its Brazilian adventure, either.

After drawing 0-0 with Nigeria, it forced eventual finalist Argentina to come up with a gem from Lionel Messi in the cheap soccer jerseys last moments of the game to earn the narrowest of victories.

It lost the third match 3-1 to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Japan had chances to beat Cote d'Ivoire and Greece but ended up with only one point from the two games before it crashed 4-1 to red-hot Colombia in its last match.

Korea Republic started its campaign by drawing 1-1 with Argentina world cup jersey Russia but lost the plot against Algeria to crash 4-2 before it fell 1-0 to Belgium in its last fixture.

The bottom line of course is that Asian football fell short at the World Cup but with a bit of luck it could have pinched a win or two and and with less fanciful expectations it would be feeling less sorry for itself today.

Several Asian players play or have played their club football in Europe yet Japan, Australia and Korea Republic suffered massively from a lack of expertise and organisation.

Defensive lapses - some of which were comical - became the order to the day in almost every match and ruined the good work done in the front third.

Iran, on the other hand, was the opposite. It looked strong in defence but was weak in attack.

Asia has a great opportunity to recover from its deflating experience in the land of the samba when it gets together for January's AFC Asian Cup in the land down under.

Australia will provide the cream of Asia with an ideal platform from which to show the world and more crucially itself that it is better and stronger than the bagful of 28 goals conceded would indicate.

The 2015 Asian Cup is designed to be a football party with an unmistakeable multicultural backdrop.

The tournament could well turn germany world cup 2014 jersey into a seminal moment in the development of Asia's football culture.

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