Busan: Korea Republic’s men’s and women’s national teams both claimed important victories to keep their respective 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship campaigns alive in Busan on Sunday.
Paulo Bento’s charges claimed a 1-0 win over China PR in the men’s competition, while the Korea Republic women's team ended a nine-month winless streak with a convincing 3-0 victory over Chinese Taipei, with both tournaments now set to be decided by Korea Republic-Japan clashes in midweek.
Minamino interest underlines Japan ace’s star quality
Kuala Lumpur: Since making his debut for Cerezo Osaka in Japan’s top-flight at the tender age of 16, Takumi Minamino has rarely looked back.
Armed with an unerring eye for goal, and pace aplenty, Minamino has subsequently gone on to shine just as brightly and earn global recognition at Austrian outfit Red Bull Salzburg – form which has helped reinforce the belief that he remains one of Europe’s hottest properties.
With reports linking him to Liverpool currently making the back pages in England, Minamino looks to be on the verge of writing yet another glorious chapter in what is already proving to be a distinctly impressive career.
Kuala Lumpur: Australia moved up one spot up to seventh to retain their position as Asia's best team, following the latest FIFA Women's Ranking released on Friday.
Australia beat Chile twice in November in international friendlies to climb up to seventh, while Japan - unchanged at 10th place - became Asia's second ranked team after DPR Korea dropped two spots to 11th.
Hanoi: Park Hang-seo has cautioned Vietnam that making the leap from ASEAN dominance to challenging Asia's best won't be easy and it is a step that can only be achieved with long term plans.
Park has steered Vietnam to several successes since being appointed head coach in 2017, with the U23 team finishing runners-up in the 2018 AFC U23 Championship and the senior side winning the regional AFF Cup the same year, achieved after a 10-year wait.
That was followed by a quarter-final appearance in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 and on Tuesday, Vietnam ended a 60-year wait for the regional SEA Games gold.