Generation Garuda: The Indonesian youngsters taking on the world
Kuala Lumpur: Young, talented and eager to test themselves abroad, the next generation of Indonesian football stars are becoming increasingly well-travelled.
Hailing from a uniquely passionate footballing nation but - with a few notable exceptions - one which has tended to keep its top players on home soil, Indonesia’s youth brigade of 2021 is travelling far and wide in a bid to enhance their prospects of stardom.
So, who are these ambitious youngsters, where are they playing, and what should we expect?
Join the-AFC.com as we profile eight Indonesian players abroad aged 21 or younger – five based in Europe and three in Asia – and let us know which one has the greatest potential.
Generation Garuda: Marc Klok on Indonesia’s youngsters, growth during a pandemic and his own national team future
Jakarta: Where they go, he once went. Indonesia’s top talents are, in unprecedented numbers, spending their formative years in the professional game away from home, and one man understands their journey in a unique way.
Marc Klok, Persija Jakarta’s Dutch-Indonesian midfielder, has walked the same path, only in reverse, and is well-positioned to analyse the pressures and possibilities Indonesia’s youngsters will soon grow accustomed to.
In a wide-ranging interview, Klok reveals the benefits of breaking through one’s comfort zone, Bagus Kahfi’s chances of thriving in his former home of Utrecht and his own triumphs and struggles as a footballer navigating a lost year, but with an eye on a bright future
Kuala Lumpur: Japan have retained their position as Asia's best team, following the latest FIFA World Ranking released on Thursday.
Japan's position at the top of the Asian rankings, however, will come under threat in the coming weeks as national team football is set to return with the resumption of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
Taremi, Kerr, Al Taamari and more: Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week!
Kuala Lumpur: New faces, old favourites and players who simply cannot stop scoring – we’ve got them all in this week’s AFC International Player of the Week shortlist.
Mehdi Taremi and Sam Kerr continued their relentless scoring sprees, Jafar Salmani and Allahyar Sayyadmanesh showed the future is bright, while Musa Al Taamari and Tom Rogic made the most of returns to their club's respective starting line-ups.
But who was Asia’s standout performer outside the continent this week? Study the shortlist below, based on performances from February 10 to 16, and vote for the player you consider the most deserving.
Kuala Lumpur: The 2021 AFC Champions League is set to be a thrilling affair with the continent's premier club competition expanded to 40 teams.
As the kick-off date for the historic 2021 edition approaches, the-AFC.com looks back at the 2020 tournament which turned out to be a thrilling affair despite the challenging circumstances.
We kicked off the series in style, with fans voting Persepolis FC's Mehdi Abdi Qara as the winner of Best Headers of 2020. Our next installment looks at the fabulous goals scored from free-kicks and invite you, the fan, to tell us which was your favourite.
2020 AFC Champions League Technical Report published
Kuala Lumpur: The Technical Report and Statistics for the 2020 AFC Champions League is now available on the-AFC.com.
Despite facing unprecedented challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the AFC delivered the 2020 AFC Champions League which saw 52 teams from 23 Member Associations, in the most testing of circumstances, competing for Asia’s ultimate club prize.
The report offers a summary of the tournament, which was held across four world class stadiums – three of which will be FIFA World Cup venues – which provided the perfect platform for the best of Asia’s football talent to shine.
Ulsan Hyundai FC of Korea Republic came from behind to beat Persepolis FC of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the final at the end of a competition dedicated to the true heroes of 2020 – the frontline health workers – under the banner #FootballforHeroes.