Kuala Lumpur: Saudi Arabia is to follow in the footsteps of Japan, the UAE and Qatar in hosting the FIFA Club World Cup for the final edition of the competition in its current format, marking the 16th time the tournament has been held in Asia.
The two AFC representatives in Saudi Arabia 2023, Al Ittihad as the hosts and Urawa Red Diamonds as the reigning AFC Champions League™ winners, will be dreaming of bringing home the trophy for the first time in Asia’s history, but over the course of two decades, there have been some exceptional performances that saw clubs from the continent come close to winning the title.
Gaoxiong: Chinese Taipei’s Tainan City FC kept their hopes of qualifying for the AFC Cup™ 2023/24 Inter-Zone semi-finals alive with a 4-2 win over Macau’s Must CPK in their rescheduled Group I Matchday Two tie at the Nanzih Football Stadium on Sunday.
The win put Tainan City on nine points, with the two sides to meet again on Thursday. Taichung Futuro are leading the group on 12 points, with the Chinese Taipei side only needing a point from their final tie against FC Ulaanbaatar of Mongolia in their final game.
Kuala Lumpur: Just five places remain up for grabs in the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 knockout rounds as the four remaining groups in the East get set to play their final round of fixtures on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Bangkok United, Kawasaki Frontale and Pohang Steelers have already won their respective groups, leaving top spot in the other two groups still to play for, while the three best-placed runners-up will also progress.
Ahead of what is sure to be a gripping couple of days on the continent, the-AFC.com has selected five things to look out for.
Beirut: Nikola Jurcevic has stepped down as the Lebanon national team head coach “by mutual consent”, the Lebanese Football Federation said on Saturday.
The Croatian was appointed head coach two months ago with the task of taking Lebanon to the AFC Asian Cup™ Qatar 2023, with the West Asian side to open their Group A campaign against the host nation on January 12.
Kuala Lumpur: Just two years after making his international debut, young Ali Al Hamadi has emerged as one of the most exciting Iraqi players in recent times, as the Lions of Mesopotamia prepare to compete at the AFC Asian Cup™ Qatar 2023.
Born in Maysan in the south of Iraq, Al Hamadi never played professional football in his country of birth. Instead, he came through the ranks at Tranmere Rovers and Swansea City, having emigrated to the UK with his parents from an early age.
Following a move to AFC Wimbledon in the third tier of English football, Al Hamadi grew into one of the most important players of his team, with eight goals in 17 games and a League Two September Player of The Month to his name already this season.
Kuala Lumpur: Japan's Urawa Red Diamonds and Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad are set to represent Asia in the 20th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, a competition that has long provided some thrilling encounters for Asian teams over the years.
Ahead of the FIFA Club World Cup Saudi Arabia 2023 kicking-off on Tuesday, the-AFC.com takes a stroll down memory lane by exploring some of the finest matches involving Asian teams in the tournament's history.