AFC announces rights deal with SIA Sport Media Group in multiple territories in Eastern Europe
Kuala Lumpur: A new media partnership between the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and SIA Media Group was recently signed for Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The deal covers the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Asian Qualifiers Final Round, the AFC Asian Cup China 2023, and the annual AFC Champions League in the 2021-2024 cycle.
As an established broadcaster – who operates dedicated sports channels Sport 1, Sport 1 HD and Sport 2 in the region – SIA Sport Media will make major AFC national team and club competitions available in these territories for the first time ever, and offer high-quality broadcasting services via established pay-TV channels.
Kuala Lumpur: India's Sunil Chhetri is through to the semi-finals of the AFC Asian Cup Greatest Goals Bracket Challenge after coming from behind to edge Iraq's Younis Mahmoud.
India talisman Chhetri entered the final hours of the poll trailing Mahmoud, whose header in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup final against Saudi Arabia remains one of the Continental showpiece's most iconic moments.
Cazorla stars as Al Sadd enjoy emphatic start to QSL campaign
Doha: Santo Cazorla marked his debut with a brace as 14-time champions Al Sadd SC enjoyed a bright start to their 2020-21 Qatar Stars League campaign with a 5-1 win over Al Kharaitiyat on Thursday.
Spaniard Cazorla, who signed for Al Sadd from Villareal last month, was in his element at the Education City Stadium and will be a joy to watch in the QSL and 2020 AFC Champions League, which resumes on September 14.
Kuala Lumpur: Players have come from far and wide to take part in the AFC Champions League, with FIFA World Cup winners from Brazil, France and Spain, as well as numerous household names, featuring in Asia's premier club competition.
Having highlighted many of the standout Asian performers over the past few months, this week the-AFC.com has picked out eight international stars who have helped light up the tournament since arriving at clubs across the Continent.
With candidates from South America, Europe and Africa, there is considerable talent in our selection. So, review the list and vote for your favourite at the bottom of the article.
Tehran: FC Tractor won Islamic Republic of Iran’s Hazfi Cup for the second time in tournament history, defeating Esteghlal 3-2 in a gripping final at Azadi Stadium on Thursday.
First-half fireworks gave Tractor a commanding 3-0 lead after 45 minutes, before Esteghlal came charging back into contention with a valiant, but ultimately futile second-half comeback.
Tractor’s win earned them their first trophy since their previous Hazfi Cup win in 2014, with head coach Saket Elhami – who was sent off from the field during the match – leading them to silverware in his first season in charge.
Hotshots: Omar Khrbin (Al Hilal SFC) – 2017 AFC Champions League
Kuala Lumpur: Despite Al Hilal SFC losing out in the 2017 AFC Champions League final, striker Omar Khrbin emerged with his head held high following a campaign throughout which he had excelled in front of goal.
From a wonderfully astute finish in Abu Dhabi on Matchday Three to an equally memorable strike in the final against the might of Urawa Red Diamonds, Khrbin frequently proved unstoppable as the Syrian’s 10 goals saw him finish as the competition’s leading marksman – success powered by his unerring ability to be, more often than not, in the right place at the right time.
The livewire forward’s performances also ensured he was named the 2017 AFC Player of the Year – just reward for a season when he led the line superbly for Ramón Díaz’s charges.
With the latest edition of Asia’s premier club competition nearing its resumption, join the-AFC.com as we take a trip down memory lane to relive Khrbin’s exploits and see exactly why he earned the title – AFC Hotshot.
Kuala Lumpur: As the resumption of the 2020 AFC Champions League draws ever closer, the-AFC.com continues its quest to find out who you, the fans, consider the 'Best XI' from previous editions of the Continental competition.
Champions Al Hilal have made their presence felt in this best XI so far, although with just one contender in the running for the midfield positions, there's a chance for others to stake their claim for a place in the side. So, review the list and don't forget to vote for your favourite at the bottom of the article.