The halfway mark of Asia’s third qualifying round for Brazil 2014 features a number of potentially decisive match-ups with Iran against Bahrain, and China's match-up with Iraq, amongst the highlights.
Veteran Bahrain international Mohamed Salmeen sat down for a chat with FIFA.com to discuss his recall to the national team and his hopes of beating Iran and reaching the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Group E in Asian qualifying is likely to be a battle for first place between Iran and Qatar, while much-changed Bahrain and Indonesia face a tough challenge to reach the final round of qualifiers.
Australia began their Asian adventure in Bahrain in early 2006. Now, South Africa 2010 qualifying duties take them to Manama once again.