Lebanese national football team lost on Wednesday to Uzbekistan a qualifying match to the World Cup.
Despite a fair share of international exposure at various FIFA competitions in recent years, Korea DPR are still an unknown quantity agt senior level in Asia. However, more than 40 percent of FIFA.com users have picked the men from Korea DPR in an ongoing poll as the team to most likely to cause an upset in the Preliminary Competition for 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, which is an indication of how long the memory of their memorable campaign at England 1966 has lasted.
Having represented the continent at the previous FIFA World Cups™ in Germany 2006, Asia’s big five, namely Australia, Korea Republic, Japan, Iran and Saudi Arabia, are targeting emphatic wins as they open their qualifying campaigns for South Africa 2010 on Wednesday.
Denis Istomin was a newcomer when Uzbekistan was whitewashed by India at Jaipur in the Davis Cup tie in 2005, but the player believes he now possesses the game to break the Indian stranglehold on grass courts when they square up in the Asia Oceania Zone Group I tie from Friday.
Although India are tipped the favourites against Uzbekistan on grass, the unprepared centre court of the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA), the venue of the Davis Cup tie, remains a matter of concern for the hosts.
Uzbekistan tennis star Farrukh Dustov is planning on importing special shoes from California ahead of the Davis Cup tie against India, Indian media reported.
Veteran Davis Cupper Leander Paes, named non-playing captain for the Asia-Oceania Group I Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan here this month, scotched all speculations about his participation Sunday and said he would not play.
Uzbekistan were promoted to World Group II yesterday after beating New Zealand 2-1 in the final of the Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group I at the National Tennis Development Centre, Muang Thong Thani.
Uzbekistan coach Rauf Inileev believes his young team are capable of clinching a win against Lebanon in their opening World Cup qualifying match in Beirut next Wednesday, goal.com reported.