Kuala Lumpur: From Omani minnows Al Mudhaibi to English FA Cup winner with Wigan Athletic, Ali Al Habsi's unorthodox path towards becoming Oman's finest player of all-time has earned him a place on the-AFC.com's Asian Icons list.
Ali Al Habsi once harboured modest dreams of being able to watch top class football on TV. Now, at the age of 38 and having retired from international football earlier this year, the Omani legend can reflect back on an illustrious career that took him to Norway, England and Saudi Arabia.
Kuala Lumpur: It's hard to beat the feeling of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat at the very last, and this week's '5 of the Best' highlights some of the most dramatic climaxes ever seen in the AFC Champions League.
From elation in Osaka to joy in Jeddah and fantastic finishes in Dubai, Sydney and Tehran, our latest edition shines the spotlight on the magical moments that help make the beautiful game the most watched sport in the world.
Shanghai: Japanese anime has, amazingly, made a big impact on some great footballers and former China PR women's national team goalkeeper Zhao Lina is no different.
Hidetoshi Nakata decided to pursue a footballing career after watching Captain Tsubasa while the likes of James Rodriguez, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi all drew various inspirations from the created heroes during their early days.
Beirut: The word ‘impossible’ is not one you will find in Osama Omari's dictionary. The talented midfielder aspires to lead Syria to their maiden FIFA World Cup in two years’ time in Qatar, the country where he plays his club football with Al-Kharaitiyat.
Omari and his teammates are determined to emulate and, hopefully, eclipse their performance from the Asian Qualifiers for Russia 2018, when they managed to make the play-off only to lose to Australia.
After a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Malaysia, Syria moved tantalisingly close to an Intercontinental play-off berth when Omar Al Somah gave Ayman Hakeem’s charges the lead. However, a brace from Socceroo legend Tim Cahill shattered Syria’s dreams and secured his side a 3-2 aggregate win and a showdown with Honduras.
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia giants Al Nassr are widely known among their fans as "The International Club" after they become the first team from Asia to feature in the FIFA Club World Cup in the inaugural edition in 2000.
Al Nassr's run to the FIFA Club World Cup and its unique nickname started through their triumph in the 1997-1998 Asian Cup Winners’ Cup, which was followed by the Saudi side winning the Asian Super Cup which earned them a ticket to play in Brazil 2000.
Kuala Lumpur: So much of a club, city or country's history can be depicted within the small emblem normally seen in the top left of a football jersey, and in our latest edition of 'The Story Behind' we take another look at the fascinating tales of the team badges of six more sides from across Asia.
From the United Arab Emirates in the West to Japan in the East, with a number of stop-offs in between, here's the-AFC.com's selection of six clubs with interesting stories behind the badges that they proudly display on their chests.