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Why Asia does poorly in the World Cup

The region has no competitive international landscape

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One disappointment in this World Cup has been the failure of Japan and South Korea to progress beyond the group stage - PHOTO: AFP

[SINGAPORE] FOOTBALL is a simple game. A ball, some open ground, and something to mark the goalposts with - that's all that one needs. Girls and boys all over the world play it, and dream of being Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo. Despite or perhaps because of its simplicity, football provides lots of