East Asia & ASEAN Wrap: Urawa win Super Cup; Western stay top
Kuala Lumpur: Urawa Red Diamonds have won the first piece of silverware of the Japanese season after the Emperor’s Cup winners defeated J1 League champions Kawasaki Frontale 2-0 in the Super Cup on Saturday.
A top-of-the-table clash in Australia between Western United and Sydney FC ended all square, while just three points separate the top four teams in Indonesia.
Elsewhere, Buriram United extended their lead at the Thai League 1 summit, so join the-AFC.com as we review the action from across East and Southeast Asia.
Dubai: UAE Football Association announced on Sunday the appointment of Rodolfo Arruabarrena as head coach of the men's national team.
The appointment came just 24 hours after UAE FA terminated the contract of Dutchman Bert Van Marwijk, with Arruabarrena taking charge of the team’s remaining matches in Group A of the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar and their AFC Asian Cup China 2023 campaign.
Abu Dhabi: Al Hilal SFC head coach Leonardo Jardim was left to rue his team's performance after the Asian champions suffered a 4-0 defeat to Al Ahly in the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2021 third-place playoff on Saturday.
Al Hilal finished fourth for the second time in as many FIFA Club World Cup appearances after Qatar 2019, while African champions Al Ahly won bronze for the third time, more than any other club in the competition’s history.
From quizzing Beckham to Asian champion: Zhang Linyan’s childhood dream comes true at India 2022
Suzhou: Zhang Linyan was among the heroes as China PR were crowned AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ champions on Sunday, but few outside of the country are aware of the incredible backstory involving David Beckham and a childhood dream come true.
The 21-year-old came into the continental Finals with just three senior caps to her name, but she ended the tournament having played a key role in the Steel Roses’ drought-breaking triumph.
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022™ came to an exciting conclusion on Sunday with China PR emerging champions.
It was a tournament that more than lived up to expectations with China PR winning the title for a record-extending ninth time, Korea Republic making the final for the first time and Philippines and Vietnam qualifying for their inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup just some of numerous highlights of a remarkable competition.
Join the-AFC.com as we relive the moments that made India 2022 the success that it was.
Lion City Sailors get Lestienne boost ahead of AFC Champions League debut
Singapore: AFC Champions League newcomers Lion City Sailors of Singapore have announced the signing of Maxime Lestienne from Belgium side Standard Liege.
The Singapore Premier League champions were drawn in Group F of the 2022 AFC Champions League alongside China PR’s Shandong Taishan, two-time winners Urawa Red Diamonds of Japan and the winners of the playoff between Korea Republic’s Daegu FC and Buriram United of Thailand.