Premier League

Mongolia awaits star players in 2022 World Cup qualifying

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) European glamor teams such as Manchester United and Real Madrid do not visit Mongolia on lucrative preseason tours, but this oft-forgotten Asian soccer outpost is about to get a taste of the big time on the qualifying road to the 2022 World Cup.

Soccer is far from the most popular sport in Mongolia but that may start to change after the country was drawn Wednesday with its first-ever appearance in the second round of World Cup qualifying with matches against Japan.

That could mean a visit from Shinji Kagawa on March 31 and other players on the side who compete in the top European leagues.