Preview - Group H: Tampines Rovers highly motivated ahead of AFC Champions League debut against Gamba Osaka
Tashkent: Tampines Rovers are determined to do Singaporean football proud in their first AFC Champions League appearance, starting with a strong showing against 2008 winners Gamba Osaka at Lokomotiv Stadium on Friday.
The first team from the Garden City in a decade to appear on Asian club football’s greatest stage, the Stags arrived in Uzbekistan as outsiders in a group featuring two former AFC Champions League winners.
But despite their decorated Group H rivals, last year’s Singapore Premier League runners-up won't turn their backs on the freewheeling style that has made them one of Southeast Asia’s most watchable teams in 2021.
Preview - Group H: Chiangrai United relishing AFC Champions League tie with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Tashkent: Thailand’s Chiangrai United kick-off their second consecutive AFC Champions League campaign on Friday as they take on two-time winners Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors at Bunyodkor Stadium in Group H.
After failing to navigate the playoff stage in two attempts, Chiangrai United finally made their group stage debut last year. The campaign ended in heartbreak as they finished bottom of the group, but there were plenty of positives for the Thai side including a maiden win against Korea Republic’s FC Seoul.
Preview - Group G: Nagoya Grampus, Pohang Steelers in race for early AFC Champions League advantage
Bangkok: Japan’s Nagoya Grampus and Pohang Steelers of Korea Republic will be aiming to maintain their winning momentum when they meet in Group G of the 2021 AFC Champions League on Friday.
The two sides opened their campaigns with wins and with only the group winners assured of a place in the Round of 16, both will be eager for another three points which would see them open a gap at the top of the standings.
Nagoya worked hard to defeat Malaysia’s Johor Darul Ta’zim 1-0 on Matchday One while Pohang beat Thailand’s Ratchaburi FC 2-0.
Stage set for AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 Qualifiers
Kuala Lumpur: The hopefuls for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 learnt of their opponents following the conclusion of the draw for the Qualifiers at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday.
The 28 teams were drawn into four groups of four and four groups of three, with the winners of each group clinching their place in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022, scheduled to take place from January 20 to February 6.
Defending champions Japan, 2018 runners-up Australia and third-placed China PR as well as hosts India have already qualified for the Finals, which will see an expanded 12 teams competing for the continent's premier women's national team title.
IR Iran's Daei pays tribute to Ronaldo after Portugal star equals all-time international goals record
Kuala Lumpur: Asian football legend Ali Daei has congratulated Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portugal star scored his 109th goal in Wednesday's Euro 2020 game against France to equal the former Islamic Republic of Iran striker's all-time international record.
The 36-year-old Ronaldo, the leading scorer in European Championship history, converted his second penalty of the game in Budapest to match the record in his 178th international appearance.
Daei scored a remarkable 109 goals in 149 appearances for Iran between 1993 and 2006, an achievement many thought would never be matched.