Postecoglou: Target for Yokohama F Marinos is to win them all
Kuala Lumpur: Yokohama F Marinos coach Ange Postecoglou is itching to return to competitive action as the countdown to the J.League’s resumption from its enforced coronavirus break ticks ever closer.
The J.League will make its long-awaited return on July 4 having shut down due to the pandemic in late February, meaning Marinos had only played one game in defence of the title they won so impressively last year under the Australian coach.
Marinos lost their J.League opener to Gamba Osaka having also tasted defeat against Vissel Kobe in a penalty shootout in the Super Cup in the season’s curtain raiser, but the 54-year-old is delighted to be making a return to competitive action having seen leagues resume elsewhere.
Champs Yokohama F Marinos to face Urawa Reds in J-League restart
Tokyo: Reigning champions Yokohama F Marinos will face Urawa Reds at Saitama Stadium when the J-League first division resumes on July 4, according to the new match schedule.
The league announced revised schedules for all three divisions, with clubs playing against opponents from the same region throughout July to limit travel while the risk of coronavirus infection remains high.
All matches will initially take place behind closed doors, with the league planning to gradually readmit spectators to stadiums from July 10.
Uzbekistan aiming for the title, says head coach Kapadze
Tashkent: As Asia’s next generation of football stars await Thursday’s AFC U-19 Championship draw, hosts Uzbekistan are aiming for nothing less than the title of champions.
The draw, to be conducted at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will separate the 16 qualified nations into four groups ahead of October’s final tournament, and Uzbekistan will be a team many will hope to avoid, should they live up to head coach Timur Kapadze’s expectations.
Kuala Lumpur: It’s home to some of the game’s biggest clubs and many of the greatest players, not to mention one of world football’s most compelling rivalries.
La Liga, the top division of Spanish football, holds a place in the consciousness of fans throughout the globe, and it is also a nation which has played host to some standout players from the world’s largest continent.
In increasing numbers, Asian players are flocking to Spain, with some of the continent’s brightest prospects now making it their first port of call in European football.
With La Liga resuming this week, we invite you to decide which Asian player has made the biggest impact in Spanish football.
Vote for your best Asian team at the FIFA World Cup: Defenders
Kuala Lumpur: With international football not set to return until later in the year, the-AFC.com continues its look back at some of Asia's greatest performers at the FIFA World Cup and asks you, the fans, to vote for the Best XI.
Last week we presented the candidates for the best goalkeeper, and now it's time to turn our attention to defenders. With candidates from Korea Republic, Japan and Saudi Arabia, here are the eight players in contention for the places in the backline.
Review the nominees and then choose your favourite for this all-star XI in the poll below.
Kuala Lumpur: With the 2020 AFC Champions League currently on hiatus, the-AFC.com continues its series of articles to determine your best sides from the last four editions of the Continental competition.
Kuala Lumpur: It's that time of the week when the-AFC.com brings you some of the finest goals from over the years, with the latest of our '5 of the Best' series focusing on solo goals from the AFC Cup.