Kuala Lumpur: Even at the grand old age of 39, India captain Sunil Chhetri continues to shoulder the hopes of an entire nation as he remains the talismanic figure of the Indian national team.
The evergreen Bengaluru FC forward first appeared in the AFC Asian Cup™ back in 2011, which was also held in Qatar, and he returns to the Gulf country for his third continental appearance.
India’s most capped player and the fourth highest men’s international goalscorer of all time has won numerous accolades for club and country and is once again looking to galvanise his beloved nation at the upcoming quadrennial showpiece.
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will unveil the inaugural edition of the AFC eAsian Cup, in conjunction with the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™, from February 1 to 5, 2024.
In an exciting fusion of the traditional and digital, the AFC eAsian Cup marks the Confederation’s first foray into the world of esports, reinforcing its desire to engage further with a new generation of football fans in a cutting-edge celebration of the sport.
AFC President underscores belief in Asia’s representatives
Kuala Lumpur: With the attention of world football set firmly on Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, ahead of Tuesday’s FIFA Club World Cup 2023 kick-off, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has sent his best wishes to Asia’s representatives and underlined his confidence in the Local Organising Committee (LOC), the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) and FIFA to deliver a memorable club spectacle.
Scheduled to take place from December 12 to 22 at the Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium and the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium, Asia will be represented by reigning AFC Champions League™ winners Urawa Red Diamonds of Japan and host club Al Ittihad FC.
Yokohama: Yokohama F Marinos have announced that J1 League title-winning head coach Kevin Muscat will leave the club at the end of the season.
Muscat took over from fellow Australian Ange Postecoglou in the summer of 2021 before leading F Marinos to the title in 2022, and his last game in charge will be Wednesday’s AFC Champions League™ meeting with Chinese Super League side Shandong Taishan.
Janas urges Urawa to move on from elimination heartbreak
Hanoi: Assistant head coach Rafal Janas insists Urawa Red Diamonds must quickly forget Wednesday’s AFC Champions League™ 2023/2024 defeat to Vietnam’s Hanoi FC with the FIFA Club World Cup Saudi Arabia 2023 coming up next week for the Japanese side.
Bryan Linssen cancelled out Dao Van Nam’s opener before Hanoi scored the winner through Pham Tuan Hai’s 87th minute spot-kick as Urawa, who lifted the AFC Champions League title for the third time in May, crashed out.
They play Mexico’s Club Leon in the second round of the FIFA Club World Cup on December 15.
Wuhan: Head coach Kim Gi-dong was disappointed that Pohang Steelers could not end their AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 Group J campaign with a perfect record.
The Korea Republic side have been a revelation all season long but had to come from behind to salvage a 1-1 against China PR’s Wuhan Three Towns FC on Wednesday, having won all five previous matches in the group stage.