Kuala Lumpur: Qatar, the reigning AFC Asian Cup champions, have accepted an invite from Concacaf, the North and Central American and Caribbean Confederation, to take part in the Gold Cup 2021 to be played in the United States.
Qatar’s invitation is a direct result of the Memorandum of Understanding that the AFC and Concacaf signed in Bahrain in May 2017 and the AFC President and FIFA Senior Vice President, Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, said: “On behalf of the AFC and the entire Asian football family, I thank the Concacaf President Victor Montagliani and the Concacaf Members for extending this invitation.
Hotshots: Omar Khrbin (Al Hilal SFC) – 2017 AFC Champions League
Kuala Lumpur: Despite Al Hilal SFC losing out in the 2017 AFC Champions League final, striker Omar Khrbin emerged with his head held high following a campaign throughout which he had excelled in front of goal.
From a wonderfully astute finish in Abu Dhabi on Matchday Three to an equally memorable strike in the final against the might of Urawa Red Diamonds, Khrbin frequently proved unstoppable as the Syrian’s 10 goals saw him finish as the competition’s leading marksman – success powered by his unerring ability to be, more often than not, in the right place at the right time.
The livewire forward’s performances also ensured he was named the 2017 AFC Player of the Year – just reward for a season when he led the line superbly for Ramón Díaz’s charges.
With the latest edition of Asia’s premier club competition nearing its resumption, join the-AFC.com as we take a trip down memory lane to relive Khrbin’s exploits and see exactly why he earned the title – AFC Hotshot.
Chitral: Some footballers have the ability to change the course of a match. Karishma Ali wants to change lives.
In the latest edition of the AFC’s GameChangers series – which tells inspiring stories from women’s football in Asia – we meet the 23-year-old whose passion has taken her from northern Pakistan to Paris and Milan; and for whom the game provides a window to so much more.
Kuala Lumpur: As the resumption of the 2020 AFC Champions League draws ever closer, the-AFC.com continues its quest to find out who you, the fans, consider the 'Best XI' from previous editions of the Continental competition.
Champions Al Hilal have made their presence felt in this best XI so far, although with just one contender in the running for the midfield positions, there's a chance for others to stake their claim for a place in the side. So, review the list and don't forget to vote for your favourite at the bottom of the article.
Kuala Lumpur: It's goals galore again from the AFC Champions League as we highlight 10 more incredible efforts from the past decade and ask you, the fans, to vote for your favourite.
After the first semi-final garnered more than 100,000 votes and five players progressed to next week's final, the-AFC.com brings you more fabulous goals from the years between 2010 and 2019.
Featuring a range of delightful chips, teams goals, long-range screamers and much more, enjoy the trip down memory lane and don't forget to vote for your favourite at the bottom of the article. The top five will advance to next week's grand finale.