Hong Kong: Two-time AFC Champions League winners Guangzhou FC have parted company with head coach Fabio Cannavaro by mutual consent, the Chinese Super League outfit announced on Tuesday.
The Italian, who was in his second stint with the club, had been due to return to Guangzhou last Thursday having led his squad through the first phase of the Chinese Super League campaign earlier in the year.
His failure to arrive in China as scheduled sparked media speculation he was leaving the club almost four years after joining Guangzhou for a second time following an initial seven-month spell from November 2014 to June 2015.
Kuala Lumpur: With just three ties remaining in the 2021 AFC Cup, the-AFC.com takes a closer look at the numbers that caught the eye following the conclusion of the first phase of knockout stage clashes.
From high-scoring forwards to those that create the goals and win the ball back, we shine the spotlight on the players whose statistics stood out as the continental competition nears its exciting climax.
Latest update on the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar™
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has confirmed Qatar as the neutral venue for the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar™ Group A tie between Iraq and Lebanon as well as the Group B match between Australia and Oman scheduled for Thursday, October 7, 2021.
The Socceroos, who are the current Group B leaders after registering successive victories in September’s opening round of matches, as well as Iraq, who have registered a point in Group A, will both continue to play their home matches in a neutral venue.
Both matches will be played at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha with the Iraq and Lebanon showdown taking place at 5:30pm (local time) before Australia and Oman face-off four hours later.
Meanwhile, Korea Republic’s Group A home tie against opponents Syria scheduled for October 7, will be held at the Ansan Wa Stadium at 8:00pm (local time).
Jeonbuk's Song Bum-keun earns first call up to Korea Republic squad for AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar
Seoul: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors goalkeeper Song Bum-keun has earned his first call up for Korea Republic as he joins a returning Son Heung-min in Paulo Bento’s squad for the upcoming AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar matches against Syria and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Song, who helped his club reach the quarter-finals of the 2021 AFC Champions League earlier this month, is the only uncapped player in the 27-man squad selected by Bento for the games on October 7 and October 12.
Tottenham’s Son returns to the squad after pulling out of the game against Lebanon on September 7 having aggravating a calf injury during the 0-0 draw with Iraq in their opening game of the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar at Seoul World Cup Stadium.
West Asia Wrap: Al Sadd, Al Duhail stay ahead; Al Ittihad held; Sharjah bounce back
Dubai: Al Sadd SC and Al Duhail SC continued their impressive runs with emphatic victories in the Qatar Stars League over the past week while Saudi Pro League leaders Al Ittihad were held to a draw by Al Taawoun.
Al Ain dropped points for the first time in the UAE Pro League while Sharjah closed in on the league leaders after bouncing back from last week's defeat at Shabab Al Ahli.
Over in Jordan, the title race has gone down to the wire with Al Ramtha in the lead followed by Al Wehdat who are a point adrift.
Join the-AFC.com as we review the latest domestic action in West Asia.