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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

CURITIBA, Brazil - Asian teams should aim to be the feared contingent at the next World Cup, Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou says, acknowledging this year's showpiece has been far from successful for the region.

With the Asian Cup just around the corner, organisers were desperately hoping strong World Cup showings from the Asian teams would help build interest.

But all four sides in Brazil — Australia, Iran, South Korea and Japan — are yet to register a win.

Opening with back-to-back losses, the Socceroos were the first to be ruled out while South Korea's World Cup campaign is all but over after suffering a 4-2 loss against Algeria and Japan and Iran's hopes hang by a thread with must-win final group matches remaining.

The Socceroos' final match in Brazil against world champions Spain today marks 200 days until the Asian Cup kicks off across five cities in Australia in January.

The Socceroos have shown some very encouraging signs in Brazil to warrant hope of a strong performance on home soil next year, especially considering injured trio playmaker Tom Rogic, winger Robbie Kruse and centre-back Rhys Williams should all be fit.

But Postecoglou feels it's time Asia made a mark on the world stage.





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