Jankovic names strong China PR squad for Myanmar, Palestine tests
Hong Kong: Seven players from Chinese Super League leaders Shanghai Port have been included in Aleksandar Jankovic’s 24-man squad for China PR’s friendlies against Palestine and Myanmar this month as they play their first game on home soil in more than two years.
Veteran defender Zhang Linpeng and striker Wu Lei are joined in the squad by goalkeeper Yan Junling as well as former Guangzhou Evergrande central defender Jiang Guangtai, Wang Shenchao, Wei Zhen and Xu Xin.
The Chinese will take on Myanmar on June 16 before facing Palestine four days later.
Circati gets Australia call-up for Argentina friendly
Sydney: Italy-based defender Alessandro Circati has been included in Australia’s 23-man squad for their friendly against FIFA World Cup winners Argentina in Beijing on June 15.
Graham Arnold called up the 19-year-old after the Parma centre-half declared his intention to switch allegiance from Italy, who he has represented twice at under 20 level, to Australia and the Socceroos head coach is delighted with the new addition.
Klinsmann leaves Serie A title-winner Min-jae out of squad
Seoul: Kim Min-jae will miss Korea Republic’s friendly matches against Peru and El Salvador next week after head coach Jurgen Klinsmann left the Napoli defender out of his 23-man squad for the games in Busan and Daejon.
Kim was named Serie A’s best defender for the season after playing a key role in Napoli’s first league title win in 33 years but the 26-year-old former Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors centre-half has been rested for the games on June 16 and 20.
Sydney: AFC Asian Cup-winning defender and former Australia international Alex Wilkinson has retired from professional football, his club Sydney FC confirmed on Thursday.
The 38-year-old, part of the Socceroos squad that claimed the AFC Asian Cup™ on home soil in 2015, also won five A-League Premierships during stints with Central Coast Mariners and Sydney as well as two K-League titles with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in a career that spanned more than two decades.
Tokyo: Celtic striker Kyogo Furuhashi has been recalled by Hajime Moriyasu for Japan’s upcoming friendly matches against El Salvador and Peru next month.
The former Vissel Kobe forward, who was named Scottish Premiership Player of the Year last week after a league title-winning season with the Glasgow-based club, is included in the 26-man squad for the first time since September.
Hong Kong: China PR head coach Aleksandar Jankovic will be in no hurry to rejuvenate his squad in the build-up to the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ Finals next January as he looks to lead the country back to the upper reaches of the Asian game.
The Chinese have been drawn to face hosts Qatar as well as Tajikistan and Lebanon in Group A at the Finals with several players who represented the country at the last AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in 2019 still integral to the national team squad.
But while key players such as goalkeeper Yan Junling, defender Zhang Linpeng, captain Wu Xi and striker Wu Lei are now reaching the veteran stage of their careers, Jankovic is convinced his squad retains the ability to compete with the continent’s best.
Queiroz introduces fresh faces as he charts new course for Qatar
Doha: There will be a fresh look to the Qatar squad for their CONCACAF Gold Cup challenge as Carlos Quieroz gets set for his first tournament as head coach.
The Portuguese, who replaced Felix Sanchez as head coach, has two major targets - Qatar's defence of their AFC Asian Cup™ title and qualifying for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Among those missing from the Qatar squad for the Gold Cup are Captain Hassan Al Haydos, Akram Afif, Karim Boudiaf, Pedro Miguel, Boualem Khoukhi, Abdulaziz Hatem and Saad Al Sheeb in Queiroz's bid to blood new players.
Doha: With the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ groups finalised and the teams already planning their preparations, the coming months ahead of the continental showpiece kicking off on January 12, 2024 are sure to be filled with excitement.
Having already taken a look at Groups A, B and C, join the-AFC.com as we anticipate what is in store in Groups D, E and F.
The six group winners and runners-up, together with the four best third-placed teams will advance to the Round of 16.
Doha: As the dust settles on the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ draw and the teams start planning their preparations, excitement is set to peak in the months ahead of the continental showpiece kicking off on January 12, 2024.
The six group winners and runners-up, together with the four best third-placed teams, will advance to the Round of 16.
The action promises to be thrilling and as we await the kick-off, join the-AFC.com as we take a look at what is in store in Groups A, B and C of Qatar 2023.