Kuala Lumpur: The preparations and plans to stage the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ marked its latest milestone after the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the Qatar Football Association (QFA) held their first meeting on Tuesday in Doha, Qatar.
The AFC delegation, led by AFC Deputy Director, Competitions and Football Events Division, Avazbek Berdikulov, met with QFA General Secretary Mansoor Mohammed Al-Ansari as well as key representatives from the relevant functional and operational areas.
Kuala Lumpur: Monday’s AFC Executive Committee decision to award the AFC Asian Cup™ 2023 hosting responsibility to Qatar Football Association (QFA) meant history was created.
Qatar will be the first country to host the Continental showpiece for a third time and all indications point to a fiesta of football when Asia’s best converge for the 18th edition of the AFC Asian Cup.
Having previously been tied with Islamic Republic of Iran, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates in having hosted the tournament twice, Qatar has promised the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ will be a festival of football for the continent.
Doha: Qatar Football Association (QFA) President Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani is looking forward to making the AFC Asian Cup™ Qatar 2023 a festival of friendship for the entire continent.
Speaking after the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Executive Committee’s decision to award Qatar the hosting rights for the next edition of the competition, Al Thani emphasised on his country’s legacy of hosting major events.
Beirut: The Lebanese Football Association have appointed Serbia's Aleksandar Ilic to lead the men's national team on a three-year contract.
The 53-year-old, who arrives in Beirut next week, replaces CzechIvan Hasek who took charge of The Cedars in 2021 and helped Lebanon reach the Final Round of the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar™ and qualify for the AFC Asian Cup™ 2023.
2007 AFC Asian Cup™: Iraq's amazing triumph revisited
Kuala Lumpur: Fifteen years ago today Iraq completed one of the most memorable feats in Asian football history as the Jorvan Vieira-coached Lions of Mesopotamia lifted the 2007 AFC Asian Cup™. Despite troubles at home, Younis Mahmoud and his teammates claimed a remarkable success that unified a nation and which still resonates around the world.
When Mahmoud soared high in the Jakarta night air to score the goal that downed Saudi Arabia to deliver Iraq their first-ever AFC Asian Cup title, it secured much more than the famous old trophy.
Beating Kuwait paved the way for Indonesia, says Shin
Kuwait City: Indonesia’s bright start to the AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Group A was key to sealing their return to the competition for the first time since 2007, according to head coach Shin Tae-yong.
Team Garuda stunned Kuwait 2-1 in the opening match, a result that eventually proved the difference as they finished three points ahead of the hosts to seal one of the five best runners-up spots and qualify alongside group winners Jordan.
Qualification was confirmed on the final matchday with a 7-0 triumph over Nepal to help Indonesia pip Group B runners-up the Philippines to the final spot in the Continental showpiece.
Learning curve can only benefit Thailand, says Polking
Namangan: Head coach Alexandre Polking wants Thailand to learn from their 2-0 defeat to Uzbekistan in their final AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Group C fixture on Tuesday.
Jaloliddin Masharipov and Azizbek Turgunbaye were on target for Uzbekistan, who topped the group with nine points, while Thailand - with two victories - also advanced to the Continental Finals as one of the five best runners-up.
Bishkek: A delighted Petar Šegrt paid tribute to his Tajikistan players and staff after the Central Asian nation clinched their first ever AFC Asian Cup™ qualification on Tuesday.
After results elsewhere in Asia had made their position safe, the Tajiks played out a goalless draw against a Kyrgyz Republic side roared on by 17,340 fans at Dolen Omurazkov, sending both teams through to next year’s Finals.
For Tajikistan, that represents the end of a wait stretching back to 1996, where they missed out on that year’s AFC Asian Cup after throwing away a four-goal aggregate lead in a two-match playoff against Uzbekistan.