Kuala Lumpur: The search for the ultimate AFC Cup dream team continues, with 12 magnificent midfielders to choose from.
Who would you select in an all-time AFC Cup XI? To celebrate the return of the competition in 2021, the-AFC.com is asking the football fans of Asia exactly that.
More than 100,000 football fans from throughout the continent have already selected a goalkeeper and three defenders in our 3-4-3 formation, but who will be tasked with pulling the strings in the centre of the park?
Venues for AFC Champions League 2021 Group Stage revealed
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has today confirmed the venues for the AFC Champions League 2021 Group Stage after an extensive feedback exercise with its Participating Member Associations, commercial partners and all relevant stakeholders.
The West Region matches, which are scheduled to take place between April 14-30, will see Saudi Arabia host Groups A and D in Riyadh as well as Group C in Jeddah, with the matches in Group B to be staged in the United Arab Emirates city of Sharjah, while India, whose representative FC Goa are poised to mark the nation’s debut in Asia’s premier club competition, will host Group E.
In the East Region, the AFC has decided to postpone the Group Stage matches originally planned for April 21 - May 7 to June/July 2021, taking into consideration the existing travel restrictions and quarantine challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, Thailand will provide the backdrop for the matches in the East Region Groups F, G and J, with the venues for Groups H and I as well as the exact dates for all Groups to be decided and communicated in due course. The Preliminary and Playoff matches of the AFC Champions League 2021 (East) are also postponed and will be played in centralised venues of their respective Group Stage matches.
Azmoun, Kerr, Wadi and more: Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week!
Kuala Lumpur: Asia’s ever-expanding list of star exports continued to light up venues from England to Egypt, and we’ve chosen a perfect 10 contenders for this week’s AFC International Player of the Week shortlist.
Azmoun returned to the scoresheet in Russia, Sam Kerr lit up the UEFA Women’s Champions League, plus moments of inspiration from Mahmoud Wadi, Gulzhigit Alykulov and more in another impressive week from Asian players outside the continent.
But who stood out above all others? Study our contenders, based on performances from March 3 to 9, and don’t forget to register your vote at the bottom of the page.
Road to India 2022: Uzbekistan in a good place, says head coach Norsafarov
Tashkent: It was the tournament which largely flew under the Asian football radar, but one Uzbekistan may look back on as a turning point in their women’s national team’s trajectory.
While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic ruled nearly all their Asian counterparts out of international action last month, the Central Asian side were in Turkey, competing against two African opponents, as well as the outstanding team in Russian club football, and they emerged with renewed belief in their long-term mission.
Bipin Singh’s last-gasp winner seals Indian Super League double for Mumbai City
Goa: A 90th-minute goal from Bipin Singh completed an Indian Super League double for Mumbai City FC, as the League Shield winners defeated ATK Mohun Bagan 2-1 in the competition’s play-off final on Saturday.
Bipin capitalised on a last-gasp goalkeeping error from ATK Mohun Bagan’s Arindam Bhattacharya to stroke home the winner after being supplied by Bartholomew Ogbehce, who showed great poise to set up what proved to be the decisive goal.
Mumbai City’s late winner came after the two sides had traded goals in the first half, as Sergio Lobera’s side became the second team in Indian Super League history to win the playoffs having finished on top of the regular season table.