East Asia and ASEAN Wrap: 2022 Chinese Super League gets underway
Hong Kong: The 2022 Chinese Super League kicked off over the weekend with defending champions Shandong Taishan enjoying a winning start and newly promoted Wuhan Three Towns posting an emphatic victory on their top-flight debut.
While the majority of leagues across the region are on an international break, there were J.League Cup games in Japan and fixtures in both Laos and Macau, so join the-AFC.com as we look back on the action.
Thrilling Road to AFC Asian Cup 2023™ set for classic battles
Kuala Lumpur: After three years of riveting drama and excitement, the race to the upcoming edition of the AFC Asian Cup™ will reach its decisive stage on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, as Asia’s 24 remaining contenders begin their quest to secure the final 11 spots at the Continent’s pinnacle national team stage.
Raising the stakes, the AFC Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers Final Round will see fierce battles and old rivalries restored across six centralised venues – Kuwait (Group A), Mongolia (Group B), Uzbekistan (Group C), India (Group D), Malaysia (Group E) and Kyrgyz Republic (Group F) where Asia’s hopefuls will battle across three Matchdays on June 8, 11 and 14.
AFC Asian Cup™ 2023 Qualifiers – Ones to Watch: Groups A, B and C
Kuala Lumpur: With the final 11 places up for grabs at the AFC Asian Cup™ 2023 when the qualification campaign resumes on June 8, we shine the spotlight on some of the players to keep an eye out for as the sides battle it out for a place at the continental showpiece.
We kick off our two-part preview with Groups A, B and C which will be hosted in Kuwait City, Ulaanbaatar and Tashkent respectively.
AFC Asian Cup™ 2023 Qualifiers – Ones to Watch: Groups D, E and F
Kuala Lumpur: With the final 11 places up for grabs at the AFC Asian Cup™ 2023 when the qualification campaign resumes on June 8, we shine the spotlight on some of the players to keep an eye out for as the sides battle it out for a place at the continental competition.
Having already looked at Groups A, B and C, we now turn the focus to Groups D, E and F – which will be hosted in Kolkata, Kuala Lumpur and Bishkek respectively – and highlight 12 stars who could be the difference for their respective countries.
Group C: Thailand sizzle against Malaysia to stay in quarter-final race
Tashkent: Thailand defeated Malaysia 3-0 on Sunday to stay on course for a place in the quarter-finals of the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022.
Suphanat Mueanta scored twice with Channarong Promsrikaew adding the third in a meeting between two Southeast Asian rivals at the Bunyodkor Stadium.
Victory means Thailand face a winner-takes-all clash with Korea Republic on Wednesday, with Malaysia only playing for pride against Vietnam, who are also still in the running for a knockout stage spot.
Group C: Vietnam hold Korea Republic to keep hopes alive
Tashkent: Vietnam fought back from a goal down to hold ten-man Korea Republic 1-1 in Group C of the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 on Sunday.
The draw meant defending champions Korea Republic were denied the opportunity to seal their berth in the knockout stage with a match to spare while Vietnam, runners-up in 2018, are still very much in the race to advance.
AFC Asian Qualifiers Road to Qatar Playoff - UAE v Australia: How They Got There
Doha: The United Arab Emirates and Australia lock horns on Tuesday at Al Rayyan Stadium to determine the AFC representatives to face Peru in the Intercontinental Playoff six days later with a place at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 the ultimate prize.
The game marks the penultimate step in a two-and-a-half year journey including 18 matches over the course of two rounds, the first of which was interrupted by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic early in 2020 forcing it to continue just under two years later in a centralised format.
With the UAE eyeing a return to the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1990, and Australia targeting a fifth consecutive appearance on the world stage, the-AFC.com revisits the path that led both teams to this point.