AFC appoints Independent Working Group to protect its Commercial Rights
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has taken the decisive and proactive step of appointing an industry-leading Independent Working Group to protect and preserve its valuable Commercial Rights.
The AFC Executive Committee yesterday stressed the importance of ensuring its much-sought after properties, such as the world-class AFC Asian Cup, AFC Women’s Asian Cup, the AFC Champions League and AFC Cup as well as all the other age-group, futsal and beach soccer events, are properly guarded.
AFC President hails unity and solidarity of Asian football family
Kuala Lumpur: Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President, today acknowledged the solidarity and unity which has not only allowed the AFC to begin the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic but also deliver more global events to Asia.
In the first ever AFC Executive Committee meeting to be held online, Shaikh Salman praised all the Member Associations for the way that they had contributed to the health and wellbeing of their communities during the recent crisis.
He said: “On behalf of the Asian football family, I thank you all for the work of your initiatives and the work of your MAs on behalf of your communities during this troubled time.”
Melbourne: Melbourne Victory’s Robbie Kruse will miss the remainder of the A-League season, but coach Grant Brebner believes the AFC Asian Cup winner’s injury-enforced absence will give the club’s young players the opportunity to shine as the former champions return to action on Saturday.
Victory languish in 10th place in the 11-team A-League standings and make their first appearance since the post-COVID-19 shutdown when they face Western United harbouring slim hopes of breaking into the top six to secure a place in the Championship playoffs.
But Melbourne, who are also playing in the 2020 AFC Champions League, will have to face Mark Rudan’s side without the former Bayer Leverkusen man, who picked up an injury to his left knee that means he will play no part in what remains of the campaign.
Teams, star players, coaches: All you need to know about CSL 2020
Hong Kong: China PR's top flight will become the latest of Asia's leagues to return to action when the Chinese Super League kicks off on Saturday after an extended delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2020 season was originally scheduled to begin in late February but postponed before a ball was kicked; however, a rejigged version with two groups of eight teams will begin on Saturday, with Group A based in Dalian and Group B in Suzhou.
Each side will play the other teams in their group twice before those finishing in the top four progress to a knockout round Championship Stage to decide the 2020 Chinese Super League winners, with the bottom four entering into a Relegation Stage where they will face off in a bid to avoid dropping into the second tier.
Dalian native Liu Dianzuo looking forward to home comforts ahead of CSL kick-off
Dalian: For Guangzhou Evergrande goalkeeper Liu Dianzuo the 2020 Chinese Super League season, set to begin on Saturday, will have more meaning than most with Group A of the re-jigged tournament to be played out in his hometown of Dalian.
The China PR international spoke exclusively to the-AFC.com on his views ahead of the 2020 season's kick-off, his thoughts on playing on familiar surrounds and the absence of former mentor Zeng Cheng.
Dhaka: “We have to be realistic,” Bangladesh head coach Jamie Day said last year before the start of the second round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, in which they were drawn in Group E alongside four stronger opponents.
Despite commendable performances in their four games to date, the South Asian side have picked up just a solitary point – from last October’s meeting with India.
In a recent interview with FIFA.com, Day insisted his side could have collected more points given their solid showing thus far in the group stage.