AFC reiterates commitment to complete 2020 competitions with new calendar
Kuala Lumpur: Following a series of constructive discussions with its Member Associations (MA), Leagues and Clubs, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has now produced a calendar for concluding the National Team, Club and Futsal Competitions in 2020.
The AFC’s National Team and Club competitions as well as the AFC Futsal Championship planned for Turkmenistan have been postponed since February and March but, thanks to the support of the Members, Leagues and Clubs, there is a determination to finish the competitions this year.
Kuala Lumpur: It's that time of the week when the-AFC.com brings you some fabulous goals from years gone by and, staying with the AFC Cup, our latest offering looks at curlers.
We shine the '5 of the Best' spotlight on a handful of aesthetically pleasing curling efforts that have sailed beyond outstretched goalkeepers and into the back of the net. Once you've reviewed our trip down memory lane, don;t forget to vote for your favourite at the bottom of the article!
The best Asian team at the FIFA World Cup announced!
Kuala Lumpur: Over the past four weeks, we've taken a trip down memory lane to recall some of the greatest performances seen by Asia's footballers at the FIFA World Cup.
With the aim of finding out the fans' all-time favourite team, the-AFC.com has presented a number of candidates who have all excelled at the World Cup over the years, contributing considerably to their respective countries' success at the global showpiece.
And after you have voted in your tens of thousands, Asia's Best XI at the FIFA World Cup can now be revealed, while an XI by OPTA, the official statistics provider for the AFC, is also included as a comparison.
Kuala Lumpur: Having revisited legends from Australia, Japan, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia, Islamic Republic of Iran and the UAE, the latest part of the series looks at five players from Syria who have left a mark on the AFC Champions League.
While the last appearance of Syrian clubs in the AFC Champions League dates all the way back to 2008, players from the Eastern Mediterranean nation have continued to make an impact in the competition with clubs from across West Asia.
Doha: Qatar Stars League champions Al Sadd SC have announced that Akram Afif has renewed his contract, with the 2019 AFC Player of the Year signing on until 2025.
Keeping the 23-year-old forward was one of the main targets of Spanish head coach Xavi, who has also recently extended his contract for another year.
“I’m working with the club’s management during the current period on a number of issues,” said Xavi previously to Al Sadd's website. “The most important of which is the renewal of Akram Afif’s contract.”
Cahill: Education City Stadium will leave a legacy for Qatar and the world
Kuala Lumpur: Although I would have much preferred to be there in person, I was still honoured and excited to take part virtually when the completion of Education City Stadium – the third tournament-ready venue for the next FIFA World Cup – was marked in Doha, Qatar.
Having been there for the opening of Al Janoub Stadium, in May 2019, I can vouch that there is nothing like seeing these stunning buildings up close – however the digital launch of Education City Stadium, dedicated to frontline workers, was a fitting tribute considering the challenges the world has faced throughout 2020.