AIFF Executive Committee declares Mohun Bagan champions
New Delhi: The All India Football Federation has declared the conclusion of the 2019-20 I-League season with Mohun Bagan named champions.
AIFF’s Executive Committee endorsed the League Committee's recommendations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Executive Committee agreed with the conclusions and the recommendations of the League Committee that this was a force majeure circumstance and the AIFF and all stakeholders must focus on a priority basis on safety and health aspects of players, officials and fans. In fact, there is still no certainty of when sporting activities including football can be resumed across the country,” said the AIFF in a media release.
K-League allows practice matches as COVID-19 fears ease
Seoul: Korea Republic football clubs will be allowed to hold practice matches behind closed doors from Tuesday, the K-League said, with the season delayed by two months so far over the coronavirus epidemic.
Korea Republic endured one of the worst early outbreaks of the COVID-19 pandemic outside China PR, but appears to have brought it under control thanks to its extensive "trace, test and treat" programme.
The outbreak had prompted sports leagues to suspend or delay their seasons across the country.
Kuala Lumpur: Cardiff City and Philippines goalkeeper Neil Etheridge has established himself as one of Asian football’s biggest stars after becoming the first player from Southeast Asia to play in the English Premier League and helping the Azkals climb up the continental rankings.
In the first of a two-part interview with the-AFC.com, the 30-year-old custodian talks about life under lockdown, the challenges of the last 12 months and the difficult decision to not play at last year’s AFC Asian Cup Finals.
Kuala Lumpur: Since first leaving his homeland in 2006 for a short stint in Saudi Arabia, Daegu FC striker Dejan Damjanovic has spent a long and fruitful career in Asia.
During that time, the 38-year-old has represented Montenegro with esteem, become the second-highest goalscorer in the AFC Champions League’s history and claimed a number of titles along the way.
Looking back at his spells with clubs including FC Seoul and Suwon Samsung Bluewings in Korea Republic and China PR’s Beijing FC, as well as with the national team, Damjanovic tells the-AFC.com what his Dream XI among those he has played alongside would be.
Great Garuda: The players who have helped shape Indonesian football
Kuala Lumpur: April 19 marks the 90th anniversary of the PSSI (Football Association of Indonesia), which was founded back in 1930, eight years before Indonesia – then known as the Dutch East Indies – became the first Asian nation to appear at a FIFA World Cup.
Vote in the poll at the foot of the article to choose your favourite all-time Indonesian legend
You could travel the length and breadth of the Earth but struggle to find a place more impassioned by football than the Southeast Asian country, where the finest players are idolised and expectation remains heaped on the national team.
The Garuda qualified automatically for the 1938 FIFA World Cup in France, but the team had to wait almost six decades until they advanced to another major tournament, when they reached the 1996 AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
While the side of the late 30s deserve their place in history, we look a little closer to modern times to highlight five players who have helped shape the beautiful game in a football-mad nation.
Zhao reflects on the far-fetched dream that became reality
Beijing: The story of former China PR international Zhao Junzhe realising his childhood dream is indeed an inspirational one.
In 1992, a 12-year-old Zhao - then a player of Liaoning's provincial youth team - openly stated his goals in front of the media: "I will work hard and try to take China to the World [Cup]."
Talented though he was, it seemed little more than a typical dream of any child footballer. Not to mention the world's most populous country had failed in qualifying for the previous three FIFA World Cups and for many, they seemed far from ready to mount a serious challenge for World Cup qualification.