Seoul, South Korea: Players from European clubs have long complained about midweek trips to the extremes of the continent for a Champions League game and then a return home for weekend action but such air miles and hours pale into insignificance compared with those being clocked up by the national teams of Asia.
As the final round of qualification for the 2014 World Cup kicks off, there are three games in nine days for some of the 10 nations still in contention for spots in Brazil. With the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) spanning over 9,000 miles (14,480 kilometers), acclimatization techniques can become just as important as tactics.
Lebanon is the lowest-ranked of the last 10 teams and is struggling to cope with the demands of the first half of June. The Group B outsiders started with a 1-0 loss to Qatar and a 1-1 draw with Uzbekistan at home on June 3 and June 8. Four days later, Lebanon will take on group favourite South Korea just outside Seoul.