The Asian Game

The Asian Game

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The Asian Game is a podcast dedicated to telling the stories and sharing the history of the beautiful game in Asia - from Jordan to Japan, Korea to Kuwait and everywhere in between.

With stories, analysis, insights and interviews with players, coaches and the key individuals in the game, The Asian Game will take you inside the game in Asia like never before.

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174 episodes

TAG Podcast | LIVE from Bangkok | Thailand win AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup

Scott and Ryan are pitchside at the Thammasat Stadium in Bangkok after Thailand made it back-to-back AFF Cups with 3-2 aggregate victory over Vietnam thanks to a Theerathon Bunmathan thunderbolt. We take a look back at all the action and dissect the key moments that saw Thailand emerge victorious and make it four titles from the previous five tournaments to cement their place as the dominant force in Southeast Asia.

14m
Jan 16
TAG Podcast: LIVE from Bangkok & Hanoi - AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup Final Preview

Scott and Ryan continue to travel around Southeast Asia, this time finding themselves in Bangkok and Hanoi respectively as they gear up for the huge AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup Final between powerhouse sides Thailand and Vietnam. Can Thailand's power in attack overwhelm Vietnam, or will the Golden Stars' resolute defence - that is yet to concede a goal this tournament - stand tall again? We answer that plus much more.

18m
Jan 12
TAG Podcast: Ronaldo arrives at Al Nassr

Saudi Arabian giants Al Nassr secured arguably the biggest signing in Asian football history with the acquisition of Portuguese legend Cristiano Ronaldo. What was it like to be at his unveiling? And with so much attention on the Saudi Pro League, how do they leverage his arrival into future growth and success? We're joined by John McAuley, from The National UAE, and Gulf football expert Wael Jabir to answer those questions and many more.

34m
Jan 08
TAG Podcast | LIVE from the AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup | Group Stage Review

The Asian Game is LIVE on location again, this time at the 2022 AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup across Southeast Asia. Scott McIntyre is in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, joined down the line from Jakarta by Ryan Walters, who is joining us from the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium ahead of the huge semi-final between Indonesia and Vietnam. We review the group stage action, highlight a few surprise packets and give our verdict on who we think will make it through to the final. Follow The Asian Game on all our social channels to keep right across the action from Southeast Asia and we will be back again before the final to preview a huge encounter.

16m
Jan 05
TAG Podcast | Mitsubishi Electric Cup Preview | Thai coach Mano Polking

The FIFA World Cup is over and our attention now turns to Southeast Asia's regional showpiece, the newly-named Mitsubishi Electric Cup. We're joined by podcast regular Ryan Walters, who is in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh for Tuesday night's opening game, to look ahead to the tournament and the major talking points. Plus, we speak with Thailand coach Mano Polking about their hopes of defending their title.

51m
Dec 19, 2022
Doha Daily | Japan & Korea bow out | We visit Doha's best South Asian restaurant

On a disappointing day for Asian football, with both Japan and South Korea bowing out in the Round of 16, we head back to Souq Waqif to recap both of those games and assess their respective campaigns overall. Plus we pay a visit to Doha's best South Asian restaurant to get a flavour of the city's incredible food culture. The Asian Game's coverage of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is proudly sponsored by SMC.

14m
Dec 06, 2022
Doha Daily | Japan prepare for Croatia | Korea up against Brazil | Falcon Hospital visit

On a rare day of no action for Asian teams, we venture for dinner in Souq Waqif to preview Japan and South Korea's massive Round of 16 clashes against Croatia and Brazil respectively. We also pay a visit to a Falcon Hospital to learn a little more about Qatar's national sport. The Asian Game's coverage of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is proudly sponsored by SMC.

11m
Dec 05, 2022
Doha Daily | Australia fall short | Traveling with the GG Army | Japan feeling confident

On the day Australia were knocked out of the World Cup by Argentina, we look back at their campaign and their narrow loss to one of the tournament favourites. We also spent time with the traveling contingent of Australian fans to get a sense of how they have enjoyed the tournament so far. The Asian Game's coverage of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is proudly sponsored by SMC.

11m
Dec 04, 2022
Doha Daily | Korea's dramatic win | Ghanaian World Cup worker | Australia prepare for Messi

Coming to you from the streets of Al Sadd, we look back on South Korea's dramatic win over Portugal to seal their place in the Round of 16. As well as looking ahead to Australia's Round of 16 clash with Argentina and Lionel Messi, we speak with a Ghanaian migrant worker who is working on the World Cup and how he feels seeing the world come together. The Asian Game's coverage of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is proudly sponsored by SMC.

15m
Dec 03, 2022
Doha Daily | Japan stun Spain | One-on-One with Cha Du-ri | Korea's hopes go on the line

On another historic night for Asian football, we come to you from outside the Khalifa International Stadium in the immediate aftermath of Japan's stunning 2-1 win over Spain to seal their spot in the Round of 16. We also catch up with Korean football legend Cha Du-ri ahead of their final group stage clash against Portugal. The Asian Game's coverage of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is proudly sponsored by SMC.

18m
Dec 02, 2022
Doha Daily | Australia's historic win | James Montague | Saudi fans celebrate

It was an historic day for Australia as they won through to the Round of 16 for just the second time in their history with a 1-0 win over Denmark. The news wasn't so good for Saudi Arabia as they lost 2-1 to Mexico to bow out at the group stage. Coming to you from Lusail Boulevard in the immediate aftermath, and despite Saudi Arabia's loss there is still a party atmosphere and we also talk with award-winning journalist James Montague who shares his thoughts on Qatar 2022. The Asian Game's coverage of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is proudly sponsored by SMC.

25m
Dec 01, 2022
Doha Daily | Iran crash out | Female Iranian fan on her experience | Hope for Saudi & Australia

Iran's World Cup has come to an end at the hands of the USA at the Al Thumama Stadium. We come to out from outside the stadium after the game to dissect that performance and result, plus look ahead to Saudi Arabia and Australia's final group stage matches. We also hear from a female Iranian fan who details her experience following the team in Doha and her own conflicted feelings supporting the team. The Asian Game's coverage of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is proudly sponsored by SMC.

13m
Nov 30, 2022
Doha Daily | Korea falter | Iran vs USA | Qatari sweet maker

Coming to you from the Museum of Islamic Art, it was far from a picture perfect performance from South Korea who went down 3-2 to Ghana to leave their World Cup hopes hanging by a thread. We also look ahead to the final group stage matches for the already eliminated Qatar, and the big one that everyone is talking about, the clash between Iran and the USA to decide which team advances to the knockout rounds. Plus we profile a third generation sweet maker from Iran who explains his family's history in Doha and the secret to making a great Qatari sweet. The Asian Game's coverage of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is proudly sponsored by SMC.

15m
Nov 29, 2022
Doha Daily | Japan capitulation | Korea's injury woes

On a day of huge disappointment for Asia after Japan's shock loss, we ventured to the FIFA Fan Festival to discuss what their loss means for their chances going forward in this World Cup. We also look ahead to Korea Republic's second round match against Ghana and the injury woes facing Paulo Bento's side. The Asian Game's coverage of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is proudly sponsored by SMC.

7m
Nov 28, 2022
Doha Daily | History for Australia | Saudi disappointment | Jarrod Walsh joins the fray

On another winning day for Asian teams, we're joined by Socceroos MC Jarrod Walsh at Souq Waqif to look back on Australia's drought-breaking victory over Tunisia. It was a day of disappointment for Saudi Arabia, however, going down to Poland 2-0 despite having the better of the match. We look at both matches, find out exactly what Jarrod is doing in Qatar and look ahead of Japan's clash with Costa Rica. The Asian Game's coverage of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is proudly sponsored by SMC.

12m
Nov 27, 2022
Doha Daily | Iran thriller | Qatar eliminated | Saudi fans invade

After Iran's thrilling last-gasp win against Wales, and Qatar's loss to Senegal that saw them eliminated, we ventured to Saudi House along the Doha Corniche to review the day's action and look ahead to Saudi Arabia's big second round clash with Poland. Plus we sample some of the colour and spirit the international fans are brining to Souq Waqif. The Asian Game's coverage of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is proudly sponsored by SMC.

11m
Nov 26, 2022
TAG at the World Cup | Day 6 | Korea impress | Iran fight back | Qatar under pressure

We come to you from the streets of Doha, in the neighbourhood of Al Sadd, with a recap of Korea's 0-0 draw with Uruguay. Meanwhile we look ahead to the second round of matches as Qatar and Iran look to make amends for their disappointing showings in their opening matches. Plus Paul gives his verdict on this World Cup. The Asian Game's coverage of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is proudly sponsored by SMC.

15m
Nov 24, 2022
TAG at the World Cup: Doha Daily - Day 5

We come to you from the glorious Corniche to review Japan's stunning upset win over Germany and look ahead to Korea's opening game against Uruguay. We also show off the beautiful host city as we take you for a drive around Doha. The Asian Game's coverage of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is proudly sponsored by SMC.

10m
Nov 24, 2022
TAG at the World Cup: Doha Daily - Day 4

Coming to you from the Al Janoub Stadium after an historic day for Saudi Arabia and Asian football with a memorable win over a Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina at the Lusail Stadium. Unfortunately despite taking an early lead the same couldn't be said of Australia who succumbed to a rampant French outfit who ran out 4-1 winners. The Asian Game's coverage of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is proudly sponsored by SMC.

13m
Nov 23, 2022
TAG at the World Cup: Doha Daily - Day 3

On another disappointing day for Asian football, Iran were hammered 6-2 by a rampant England side to consign Team Melli to their heaviest defeat in World Cup history. After the game we ventured to the alleyways of Souq Waqif to review their performance and to look ahead to Argentina vs Saudi Arabia and France vs Australia. Can either of those nations end Asia's torrid run at this FIFA World Cup? The Asian Game's coverage of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is proudly sponsored by SMC.

12m
Nov 22, 2022
Doha Daily | Day 2 | Qatar embarrassed | Iran vs England preview

In the aftermath of the opening game between Qatar and Ecuador we bring you Day 2 of our Doha Daily as we recap the day's action and look ahead to the following day. Was this a hammer blow for Qatar's chances and can they recover? We answer those questions and get the views of the fans outside the stadium. Plus we look ahead to the England vs Iran match amid the political tension in Iran and between the two nations. The Asian Game's coverage of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is proudly sponsored by SMC.

15m
Nov 21, 2022
Doha Daily | Day 1 | Welcome to Qatar

In our very first Doha Daily from on the ground in Qatar, Scott McIntyre and Michael Church provide a sense of the atmosphere in Doha just 24 hours ahead of kick off and provide a preview of the opening game between Qatar and Ecuador. The Asian Game's coverage of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is proudly sponsored by SMC.

7m
Nov 20, 2022
2022 FIFA World Cup Preview: Qatar

In the final of our six-part preview of all six AFC nations taking part at this year's World Cup we focus on the host country, Qatar. Are they ready - on and off-the-pitch? Have they got their preparation right? Can they handle the pressure of being hosts? Qatari journalist Ali Salat joins us to answer those questions and much more.

21m
Nov 18, 2022
2022 FIFA World Cup Preview: Iran

With just three days until the start of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 we turn our attention to Iran ahead of their opening game against England on 21 November. Beseiged by coaching chaos and a political uprising, it has been far from a smooth preparation for Iran and new coach Carlos Queiroz. Gol Bezan's Arya Allahverdi joins us to give his views on the squad, the preparation, the coach and much, much more. The Asian Game’s coverage of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is proudly sponsored by SMC.

34m
Nov 17, 2022
2022 FIFA World Cup Preview: Korea Republic

With the 2022 FIFA World Cup now just a matter of days away, we turn our attention to Asia's most experience World Cup campaigner - South Korea. We're joined by Korean journalist Steve Han to run the rule over the Taegeuk Warriors. We discuss whether star man Son Heung-min will be fit, the inclusion of Lee Kang-in and whether Paulo Bento is getting the most out of his talented side. The Asian Game’s coverage of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is proudly sponsored by SMC.

28m
Nov 16, 2022
2022 FIFA World Cup Preview: Saudi Arabia

Our six-part series of World Cup previews continues with a look at Saudi Arabia. Gearing up for their sixth FIFA World Cup, they face the daunting prospect of an opening game against a Lionel Messi-led Argentina. With struggles finding the back of the net, what are the prospects for Herve Renard's men in Qatar? We are joined by beIN Sport journalist and broadcaster Abdulmohsen Al-Qabbani to discuss and dissect their chances.

30m
Nov 15, 2022
2022 FIFA World Cup Preview: Australia

As we continue our build-up to Qatar 2022 we turn our attention to the last AFC nation to qualify - Australia. The Socceroos are gearing up for their sixth appearance at the FIFA World Cup, but after a struggle to qualify what can we expect from the former Asian Cup champions? The 'voice of Australian football' Simon Hill joins the team to dissect the Socceroos' hopes for Qatar. Plus we speak with Socceroos defender Thomas Deng about his call up to the World Cup squad.

52m
Nov 14, 2022
2022 FIFA World Cup Preview: Japan

In the first of our six-part series previewing each AFC nation ahead of this years FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, we start with a look at the Samurai Blue and assess their chances of success in Qatar. Has Hajime Moriyasu made the right selection calls? Are they a chance against Spain and Germany? Which positions in the side are still up for grabs? With special guest Sean Carroll our team of Scott McIntyre, Michael Church, Martin Lowe and Paul Williams dissect Japan from all angles.

36m
Nov 13, 2022
TAG EP95 | One-on-One with Kevin Muscat

Scott meets up with J.League winning manager Kevin Muscat to talk about his remarkable success with Yokohama F.Marinos and reflect on the season just gone. They also discuss the World Cup from an Australian and Japanese perspective and talk about his own ambitions for the future.

23m
Nov 09, 2022
TAG EXTRA: Stefan Mauk on J2 Playoffs and life in Okayama

Scott visits Okayama and catches up with Australian midfielder Stefean Mauk to talk about his season with Fagiano Okayama and the upcoming J2 Playoffs, plus find out how the former Adelaide United captain has been adjusting to life in Japan.

21m
Oct 27, 2022