Kuala Lumpur: Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President, congratulated the Northern Mariana Islands Football Association (NMIFA) on becoming the 47th full Member Association of the AFC at the 30th AFC Congress today.
The online Congress, which observed a minutes’ silence of respect for Diego Armando Maradona and the legends of Asian football who have passed in the last year, approved the application of the NMIFA, which has been an Associate Member of the AFC since July 2009.
AFC Champions League (East) – Quarter-finals: Ones to Watch
Doha: The clock is ticking down towards the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) quarter-finals with Beijing FC to face Ulsan Hyundai and Vissel Kobe up against Suwon Samsung Bluewings in a pair of exciting match-ups on Thursday.
A number of players have shone for the four sides so far in Qatar, with performances that have helped their respective teams reach the quarter-finals and keep the dream of being crowned 2020 Continental champions alive.
With Thursday's encounters fast approaching, the-AFC.com has selected four players who could be the difference between making the semi-finals or heading home.
Ulsan Hyundai FC, Beijing FC set for heavyweight AFC Champions League quarter-final clash
Doha: One of the AFC Champions League’s two remaining unbeaten records must come to an end when Ulsan Hyundai FC and Beijing FC face off in Thursday's quarter-final at the Al Janoub Stadium.
It looms a blockbuster battle worthy of a continental decider, but the clash between two of the East zone’s two most impressive outfits comes at the quarter-final stage, with one of the pair set to be abruptly eliminated.
Suwon Samsung Bluewings in the way as Vissel Kobe seek to extend dream AFC Champions League run
Doha: Japan’s Vissel Kobe will be aiming to keep their dream AFC Champions League debut going when they take on Korea Republic’s Suwon Samsung Bluewings in the quarter-finals at Al Janoub Stadium on Thursday.
The two sides had met twice in the group stage with Kyogo Furuhashi’s added time strike winning the first leg for Vissel Kobe back in February and Suwon Samsung Bluewings responding with a 2-0 win on the final matchday that sealed their place in the knock-out stage at the expense of Guangzhou Evergrande.
AFC Champions League (East) – Quarter-finals: Forwards in Form
Doha: The 2020 AFC Champions League (East) has reached the business end of the campaign with just four teams remaining in the quest to join the Islamic Republic of Iran's Persepolis in the final on December 19.
Tuesday's quarter-final draw pitted Vissel Kobe against Suwon Samsung Bluewings while Beijing FC are to face Ulsan Hyundai in what promises to be a thrilling pair of match-ups on Thursday.
Ahead of the games, the-AFC.com has selected a forward from each side who could be the difference when it comes to securing a place in the 2020 AFC Champions League semi-finals.
Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week
Kuala Lumpur: In a season where many of Asia’s leading lights have shone bright, no seven-day period has featured as many outstanding performances as the one just completed.
In a week of hat-tricks and history, the continent’s international stars were in unstoppable form. This week’s 10 contenders produced a combined total of 15 goals, four assists and countless other highlights, with several other worthy candidates unlucky not to be nominated.
So just who was Asia’s best player outside the continent? Here are our perfect 10 from December 3 to 9.
Shaikh Salman: AFC Congress is the perfect stage to show our unity in these exceptional circumstances
Manama: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, will chair the 30th AFC Congress, which will be held online for the first time, on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.
Shaikh Salman explained that the AFC Congress is the perfect stage to show Asian Football family unity, which has allowed the AFC to continue its development and work even during the most uncertain times and allowed the building of partnerships.