Dubai: The return of the FIFA World Cup to Asia is just 120 days away as the continent prepares for a record of six Asian nations participating in the global event for the first time.
With hosts Qatar joined by Saudi Arabia and Islamic Republic of Iran as well as World Cup perennials Japan, Korea Republic and Australia, the-AFC.com takes a look at the state of play in the camp of each of the six teams four months before the big kick-off at Al Bayt Stadium.
Dubai: Two decades on since Asia hosted the FIFA World Cup™ for the first time in its history and four months before the world’s eyes turn to Asia again as Qatar hosts the 2022 edition, the-AFC.com revisits Korea/Japan 2002.
We come to the conclusion of this four-part series on the first-ever FIFA World Cup to take place in Asia by examining the legacy of the competition, both in the short term and two decades on.
Rizky: I'm fulfilling lifelong dream with PSM in AFC Cup™
Makassar: Rizky Eka Pratama has admitted it’s a dream come true to represent boyhood club PSM Makassar in the AFC Cup™ 2022 as the Indonesian side look forward to their ASEAN Zonal Semi-final against Malaysia’s Kedah Darul Aman on August 9.
Winger Rizky, who was born in South Sulawesi, not far from Makassar, was instrumental in helping his side reach the knockout rounds as he scored one and created another in the come-from-behind 3-1 group stage win over Singapore’s Tampines Rovers in June to help PSM top the Group H standings.
The victory saw them qualify for the ASEAN Zonal Semi-finals for the second time, having reached the same stage in 2019, and the lifelong PSM fan is now hoping to go even further.