Damjanovic firmly focused on AFC Champions League all time topscorer accolade
Hong Kong: With 36 goals, Dejan Damjanovic is the second-highest scorer in the history of the AFC Champions League. But, as he embarks on another campaign in the competition with new club Kitchee, the veteran forward is hoping to finally write his name in the record books.
Dejan Damjanovic may have left the K League behind and made Hong Kong his new home, but one thing remains true: the Montenegrin still knows how to score goals.
Riyadh: Three months after Saudi Arabia faced Yemen in the most recent game of the group, the five teams of Group D of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 reconvene in the Saudi capital Riyadh for the remaining seven matches.
With the group having passed the halfway point, Saudi Arabia hold the advantage at the top going into the three-week run-in on home soil, Uzbekistan and Singapore remain within touching distance of the hosts while Palestine are bottom and practically out of contention.
Manama: After more than 18 months of inactivity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 returns.
Group C is among the most intriguing in the competition, with Iraq leading the way from Bahrain and five-time FIFA World Cup qualifiers the Islamic Republic of Iran sitting in third, with a crucial game in hand over the teams above them.
Here, the-AFC.com looks at the situation in the group as the five teams prepare to lock horns and pick out a key player to watch from each of the teams.
Kuwait: The long wait is finally over, and Asia’s top men’s national teams are soon to resume their respective bids to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
It has been 18 long months since a ball was kicked in Group B – featuring, Australia, Kuwait, Jordan, Nepal and Chinese Taipei – and with a wait like that, one could be forgiven for needing a refresher course before the action resumes.
But fear not, the-AFC.com is here to bring you all need to know about the finely poised group, including a run-down on the venues and how the teams currently stand, plus we pick out a key man from each of the five sides.
Suzhou: More than 18 months since the last ball was kicked in Group A of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, the competition will resume on May 30 as the five sides get set to continue their campaigns in the Chinese city of Suzhou.
Syria currently lead the way with a hugely impressive five wins from five and they start as clear favourites to progress to the third round of qualifying, while the pressure is on hosts China PR who sit eight points back, level with the Philippines.
The Maldives still have aspirations of a top-two finish and Guam are seeking their first points of the campaign. Ahead of the opening game between China and Guam on Sunday, the-AFC.com takes a closer look at Group A.
Arnold selects 31-man Socceroos squad for Asian Qualifiers
Sydney: Australia coach Graham Arnold has left midfield duo Aaron Mooy and Tom Rogic out of his 31-man squad for the resumption of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
Mooy, who plays for Chinese Super League side Shanghai Port, and Celtic star Rogic have not been selected for the games to be played in Kuwait next month, when the Socceroos complete their commitments in Group B.
A minor ankle injury has sidelined Rogic while Mooy’s requirement to complete two weeks’ quarantine upon his return to China PR saw the former Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder request not to be included.