Kuala Lumpur: It's that time of the week when the-AFC.com takes you down memory lane as we look back on the greatest goals to have been scored in the history of the AFC Champions League.
After taking in some of the finest acrobatic goals in the first edition of the '5 of the Best' series and the most mesmerising solo goals last week, we turn our attention to volleys and recall some of the greatest strikes the Continental competition has ever witnessed.
To avoid any argument over whether the shot is a volley or half-volley, we have selected five where the ball does not bounce before the players have let fly.
Asia’s greatest national teams – Japan Women (2008-16)
Kuala Lumpur: National teams old and new have set out with the ultimate goal of bringing the World Cup back to Asia, but only one has succeeded.
The Japanese women’s national team of 2011 became Asia’s world champions at the senior level, overcoming tournament hosts and defending champions Germany in the quarter-final before outlasting the United States in a classic final and providing a boost to a nation still reeling from a painful natural disaster.
That remarkable win in Germany represented the peak of their success, but it was far from the Nadeshiko’s only breakthrough success, with first-time titles in the Asian Games and AFC Women’s Asian Cup and a FIFA World Player of the Year title for team leader Homare Sawa all materialising in an unprecedented four-year period.
AIFF Executive Committee declares Mohun Bagan champions
New Delhi: The All India Football Federation has declared the conclusion of the 2019-20 I-League season with Mohun Bagan named champions.
AIFF’s Executive Committee endorsed the League Committee's recommendations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Executive Committee agreed with the conclusions and the recommendations of the League Committee that this was a force majeure circumstance and the AIFF and all stakeholders must focus on a priority basis on safety and health aspects of players, officials and fans. In fact, there is still no certainty of when sporting activities including football can be resumed across the country,” said the AIFF in a media release.
Kuala Lumpur: Cardiff City and Philippines goalkeeper Neil Etheridge has established himself as one of Asian football’s biggest stars after becoming the first player from Southeast Asia to play in the English Premier League and helping the Azkals climb up the continental rankings.
In the first of a two-part interview with the-AFC.com, the 30-year-old custodian talks about life under lockdown, the challenges of the last 12 months and the difficult decision to not play at last year’s AFC Asian Cup Finals.
K-League allows practice matches as COVID-19 fears ease
Seoul: Korea Republic football clubs will be allowed to hold practice matches behind closed doors from Tuesday, the K-League said, with the season delayed by two months so far over the coronavirus epidemic.
Korea Republic endured one of the worst early outbreaks of the COVID-19 pandemic outside China PR, but appears to have brought it under control thanks to its extensive "trace, test and treat" programme.
The outbreak had prompted sports leagues to suspend or delay their seasons across the country.