Coaches relishing Asian match-ups
The draw for Asia's final qualifying round for Brazil 2014 was held at AFC House earlier today, andFIFA.com rounds up the reaction from some of the coaches and officials there to watch it unfold.
Choi Kang-Hee, Korea Republic coach
It's not a bad draw. We had to face either Japan or Iran, and this outcome isn’t bad. Travelling to Iranis difficult, but going to the Middle East is always tough anyway. It's important for us to prepare well, that's the only thing that matters.
Carlos Queiroz, Iran coach
We must prepare well in order to achieve good results. We played Qatar in the previous round and the two sides meet again in the final round. At this stage, all teams are strong, so every team must prepare well if they are to qualify. I hope we can live up to expectations this time.
Fahad Thani, Qatar Assistant coach
We must prepare ourselves for some difficult situations. That said, we are optimistic that we can deliver decent performance because we will work hard. We are comfortable with the draw and are very much looking forward to making the best of this chance to qualify for our first World Cup.
Theo Bucker, Lebanon coach
I didn't come here expecting a kind draw. All the other nine teams are strong and we are probably the underdogs in comparison. However, we have a good chance to show that our football is at not a bad level. We have an opportunity to at least play good football with the teams that we will play against. This is a promotional show for us, and we can make Lebanese people more interested in football.
Holger Osieck, Australia coach
Now we know who we face and what we've got to do, so we'll start from there. We take it as it comes. We’ll play any team - if we want to qualify, we have to beat them anyway. It's a good challenge but I think we will be on top of it.
Adnan Hamad, Jordan coach
This round is the hardest qualifying stage as these are the teams who have proved they are the best in Asia. In the previous stage, Australia lost to Oman, Korea Republic had to wait until the final match to qualify and Japan progressed with only 10 points. It is not an easy group as both Australia andJapan made it to the last World Cup. But every team have their own chances to go through. There will be tough games for us but we want to achieve our target.
Khalid Al Bousaidi, Oman FA president
The two groups are balanced. Maybe our group is harder but that’s the way draws always work. I hope we can be lucky and obtain one of Asia's automatic spots. Our opening games will be difficult for us, so we need to prepare ourselves well.
Tsuneyasu Miyamoto, former Japan international
Japan have many players playing for top European clubs and this will provide us with an advantage in the Asian qualifying competition. We are capable of making it through to Brazil 2014.
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