Kuala Lumpur: The seventh issue of the Coaches Circle is now available on the-AFC.com, with an exclusive interview with former United Arab Emirates’ Shabab Al Ahli head coach Mahdi Ali.
‘The Big Interview’ with the Shabab Al Ahli head coach focuses on how it all came together for Ali - his career as a midfielder, his first coaching qualification in England, and success in winning the UAE U19 title as a youth coach.
An engineer by trade, Ali took UAE to the 2012 London Olympics and he shares some of the important learning experiences as a coach. He also answers an age old question: Which is more challenging - leading a club or an international side?
Central and South Asia Wrap: Nasaf’s Cup Final glory, Tehran derby ends in stalemate
Bishkek: FC Nasaf had a win to savour in the Uzbekistan Cup Final, while both sides failed to hit the target in a hard-fought Tehran derby and domestic football roared on in Central and South Asia.
Elsewhere, CSKA Pamir Dushanbe secured a podium finish in Tajikistan, Odisha and East Bengal played out a thriller in India, while Turkemnistan’s Altyn Asyr got their title push well and truly on track.
Join the-AFC.com as we bring you all the key news and results from Tehran to Tashkent.
East Asia Wrap: Jeonbuk claim record-extending ninth K League crown
Hong Kong: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors secured the win they needed over Jeju United to hold off the challenge of Ulsan Hyundai and wrap up their fifth successive K League 1 title on Sunday.
The season drew to a close in Japan over the weekend as Tokushima Vortis were relegated, while there was also action in Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei. The-AFC.com brings you up to speed with the latest rounds of fixtures in East Asia.
Wembley glory for Kerr, Ji as Chelsea lift Women’s FA Cup
London: A superb Sam Kerr brace ensured Chelsea completed a domestic treble with a 3-0 win over Arsenal in the Women’s FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
The Australia captain scored two brilliant second half goals for the Blues, who added to their FA Women’s Super League and League Cup titles in front of more than 40,000 fans.
Korea Republic star Ji So-yun also featured for Chelsea, coming off the bench to claim her third Women’s FA Cup winner’s medal, while Japan’s Mana Iwabuchi and Australian pair Steph Catley and Caitlin Foord appeared for Arsenal.