Champions again: Dordoi extend Kyrgyz Premier League record with 13th title
Bishkek: FC Dordoi are the champions of Kyrgyz Republic for a record extending 13th time in 18 years after they defeated Neftchi Kochkor-Ata in the penultimate round of the Kyrgyz Premier League on Sunday.
Alexander Krestinin’s side made sure the title race wouldn’t extend to the final day of the season, earning a 3-1 win to register their fourth consecutive domestic league title.
Abdysh-Ata had remained with a mathematical chance of overhauling Dordoi until Sunday, but they’ll now fight with FC Alga for second place after the holders extended their lead to six points.
Kuala Lumpur: The final 12-team cast for the greatest show in Asian women’s football is now in place after both Chinese Taipei and Myanmar secured qualification to the AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022 on Sunday.
Chinese Taipei emerged victorious in qualifying Group A, while Myanmar’s 14 unanswered goals took them to the top of Group D, joining six other group winners from September as well as the four nations who qualified automatically for next year’s Finals.
The stage is now set for Thursday’s official India 2022 draw, to be staged in Kuala Lumpur, where the 12 qualified teams will be split into three groups ahead of the tournament’s January 20 kick-off.
Kuala Lumpur: The 2021 AFC Champions League quarter-finals and semi-finals were held over the past week as a whirlwind few days’ of action ended in Al Hilal SFC and FC Pohang Steelers booking their places in the grand finale on November 23.
A record 40 teams were part of the group stage when it kicked off back in April and just two remain in the quest to be crowned kings of Asia.
With the competition now taking a break until the sides meet in Riyadh next month, the-AFC.com looks back at the numbers that stood out after the recent set of games.
AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ Logo launched in glittering opening ceremony
Shanghai: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ today marked a significant milestone with the tournament’s logo launch, which was staged and held in conjunction with the opening ceremony of the competition’s first completed stadium – the Shanghai Pudong Football Stadium.
The dazzling and immersive display showcased the vibrant new logo unveiled through projection mapping and Augmented Reality for the first time in the tournament’s history.
The new logo was launched by Vice Minister of the General Administration of Sports of China and Executive Chairman of the AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ LOC, H.E. Du Zhaocai, who is also a FIFA Council member, together with the main leaders from the 10 host cities, who also revealed the Host City logos in the first on-ground milestone event of the tournament, which will be held from June 16 to July 16, 2023.
Kuala Lumpur: The 2022 AFC U23 Asian Cup qualifying campaign kicks off on Saturday with 39 teams from across the continent battling it out for the 15 remaining places at the tournament in Uzbekistan next year.
As ever, some of Asia’s finest young talent will be on display in the 11 qualifying groups, and the-AFC.com has identified some of the key players to look out for.
Australia's Gustavsson praises players, fans after superb victory over Brazil
Sydney: Head coach Tony Gustavsson hailed his players and fans after Australia recorded an impressive 3-1 win over Brazil in an international friendly match on Saturday.
In the Matildas' first match on home soil since playing Vietnam in a Tokyo Olympics qualifier in March 2020, goals by Clare Polkinghorne and Mary Fowler gave Australia a two goal lead before Adriana pulled one back for the Brazilians, only for Emily van Egmond to complete the scoring.