17 Dec '11, 5am

Football: Japan shine in turbulent year

Football: Japan shine in turbulent year

SINGAPORE - All-conquering Japan starred on the pitch in a year of upheaval for Asian football after regional chief Mohamed bin Hammam's fall from grace in a sensational bribery case. Japan's Blue Samurai were crowned Asian champions in January, only to be outdone by their "Nadeshiko" women's team, who helped ease the trauma of a major earthquake disaster by claiming the region's first senior world title. Chinese football took a giant step forward with the signing of Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka, as the Super League looked to move on from a major match-fixing scandal. But corruption engulfed South Korea's K-League as the unearthing of a deep-seated match-fixing culture left dozens of people in the dock and was closely linked to two suicides. Qatar's Al Sadd were crowned Asia's club champions, and then went on to beat African title-holders Esperance in the Club World Cup ...

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