Asian Cup Headline Acts

Who will make headlines at this year's Asian Cup?

It’s the biggest international footballing event of the year, and for the first time ever it’s on our shores! The 2015 Asian Cup is shaping up to be one of the most hotly contested yet, with a number of teams making genuine claims to win the continent’s biggest tournament. With Australia dropping off the pace on the international stage in recent years, Japan head into this instalment of the competition as favourites, however the emergence of young, talented squads from countries such as Iran, South Korea and Uzbekistan has really thrown the cat amongst the pigeons. With so much at stake, heroes and villains alike are bound to make headlines over the next few weeks, so whose names should we expect to appear on the back pages of the papers?    




Tim Cahill


Club: New York Red Bull

Caps: 76

Goals: 36

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Australia To Win:

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After more than 10 long years, three World Cups and countless memorable goals, it seems as though the time to hang up the boots and call it a day on his international career is almost upon Tim Cahill. At 35, the former Everton and Millwall striker has achieved so much for club and country, and he will undoubtedly go down in history as a Socceroos great. Cahill showed everyone he’s still a class act at the 2014 World Cup, scoring twice in the group stages, including one of the goals of the tournaments against the Netherlands. Expect the man they call the “jumping kangaroo” to dominate in aerial contests and power home a couple of trademark headers.




Nathan Burns


Club: Wellington Phoenix

Caps: 7

Goals: 0

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Australia To Win:

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For Ange Postecoglou, Nathan Burns’ name would have never been mentioned six months ago. However, some devastating form in the A-league for Wellington Phoenix has caught the eye of the Socceroos manager and the 26-year-old is shaping up as one of Australia’s most valuable impact players. The country boy from Orange tops the goal scoring charts domestically with 10 goals in a dozen matches, and his knack of finding the net in the stickiest of situations could land him some goals for the hosts and possibly a spot in the starting XI.