One Month to #ACL2022 (West) Round of 16 - How Are They Shaping Up
Dubai: The long wait is nearly over with exactly one month left until the start of the AFC Champions League™ 2022 Round of 16 (West) where eight teams will battle out for the right to play Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds in the final.
Despite playing in the second tier domestically, Al Faisaly join fellow Saudi clubs Al Hilal SFC and Al Shabab as well as Qatari duo Al Duhail and Al Rayyan, UAE’s Shabab Al Ahli, Islamic Republic of Iran’s Foolad Khouzestan and 2021 AFC Cup™ runners-up FC Nasaf of Uzbekistan.
Join the-AFC.com as we take a look at how the teams are shaping up for the Round of 16 scheduled for February 19-20 in Doha, Qatar.
Basra: The 25th Gulf Cup comes full circle as Iraq look to lift their first title since 1988 when they face two-time winners Oman in the final on home soil on Thursday, the same fixture that started the tournament two weeks ago.
The Lions of Mesopotamia reached the final after defeating reigning AFC Asian Cup™ champions Qatar 2-1 in Monday’s semi-final at the Basra International Stadium, venue of the upcoming final. Ibrahim Bayesh’s close-range finish was cancelled out by Amro Sirag’s half-volley before Ayman Hussein bagged his third goal of the tournament to secure Iraq’s place in the final.
In turn, Oman left it late to defeat reigning champions Bahrain 1-0 thanks to a Jameel Al Yahmadi wonder goal. The midfielder pounced on a loose ball to strike from 25 yards out into the top corner, sending Branko Ivankovic’s men into their second final in six years.
Jeonju: Two-time AFC Champions League™ winners Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors have announced the departure of Kim Bo-kyung and Modou Barrow ahead of the start of the new K1 League season.
Kim, who represented Korea Republic at international level on 38 occasions, was a member of the Jeonbuk squad that won the second of the club’s two continental titles in 2016 during the first of his two spells with the set-up.
San Francisco: Thailand women's national team forward Miranda Nild has announced her retirement from professional football.
The 25-year-old – also known as a Suchawadee Nildhamrong – called time on her career having played 20 international matches for the Thailand national team as well as club football in America and Europe.