Kuala Lumpur: With 15 of the 17 AFC Cup™ winners over the years coming from West Asia, the region has long since been dominant in the continental competition.
Since the tournament’s zonal format was introduced in 2017, meanwhile, all four eventual champions have emerged from the West Zone, and teams from that side of the continent will likely be favourites ahead of the rapidly approaching 2022 edition.
As new stars hope to emerge when the campaign kicks off on May 18, the-AFC.com looks back at some of those who lit up the West Zone group stage in recent years.
Dubai: May marks the start of a new AFC Cup™ campaign with the 2022 group stage in the West and South Zones kicking-off on the 18th of the month across four venues in Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain and India.
This will be the second season in a row the competition takes place in centralised format as the AFC continues to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The-AFC.com profiles each of the four host cities.
Jordan test for Australia ahead of FIFA World Cup™ - Asian Playoff
Sydney: Australia will tune up for next month’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ playoffs in Doha with an international friendly against Jordan in Qatar on June 1.
The international friendly, which will be played six days before Australia’s Asian Playoff, will provide the Socceroos with a great opportunity to prepare ahead of the team’s crunch clash with United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on June 7.
Saudi Arabia to kick off FIFA World Cup™ preparations with friendlies
Jeddah: Following the euphoria of Saudi Arabia’s qualification to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, head coach Herve Renard has scheduled preparations for the Finals with two preparatory camps in June and September.
With their place in Qatar 2022 already secured, the Green Falcons defeated Australia 1-0 to take top spot in Group B, finishing their qualification campaign on a winning note in front of a packed King Abdullah Sport City Stadium in Jeddah.
Renard’s men, who finished the group with 23 points from 10 games, one point ahead of Japan, will be put through a series of four friendlies ahead of the World Cup in November.
India continue preparations in Kolkata ahead of China 2023 Qualifiers
Kolkata: India have kicked off the second phase of their preparation for the AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round in Kolkata.
After a two-week training camp in Bellary, head coach Igor Stimac and 41 players arrived in Kolkata on Monday where they will continue their groundwork before hosting their Group D rivals at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium.