http://tiny.cc/t7bbqDOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Qatar will host Asia's second World Cup in 2022, but only two teams from the region have any chance of winning it, according to Asian Football Confederation President Mohammed bin Hammam.
"We have two very good teams or, let me say, good practices in Asia: Japan and South Korea," Bin Hammam told The Associated Press. "If there will be any, I believe Japan or Korea can be our team which lifts the World Cup."
Many felt the quality of Japan's Asian Cup semifinal win over South Korea on Tuesday was worthy of a final, and the two countries continue to reap the benefits of co-hosting the 2002 World Cup.
As a result, they have well-organized, fully professional domestic leagues and can call on players with European experience.
South Korea has played at the last seven World Cups and progressed to at least the quarterfinals of the last five Asian Cups. Japan has featured at the last four World Cups, and has been Asian champion three times since 1992.
Still not getting any respect. I wonder sometimes why MBH allowed us into the confederation?
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