Return of Asian Qualifiers: All you need to know about Tajikistan
Kuala Lumpur: After a long delay, Asian national teams are finally resuming their Asian Qualifiers campaigns, with five sides to pick up from where they left off back in November 2019 in the coming international window.
The roads to FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 are open once again but, in the ever-changing world of international football, how clearly will we recognise the teams we haven't seen in competitive action for well over a year?
Join the-AFC.com as we take a look at each of the five returning sides, including their key changes and what to expect ahead of the Asian Qualifiers matches in the coming week.
Kuala Lumpur: Our tribute to the Best Goals of the 2020 AFC Champions League series has so far brought you some of the finest goals from the last edition, but this week we shine the spotlight on goalkeepers and showcase some of the best saves.
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 the Best Headers of 2020, Ramin Rezaeian of Al Duhail topped the Best Free-kicks, Al Nassr's Abdulrahman Al Obaid won the Best Long-Range Goals, Abderrazak Hamdallah's strike against Qatar's Al Saad on Matchday One was voted as the winner of the Best Team Goals while Persepolis' Qara topped the Best Last Minute Goals.
Our next instalment looks at some game-defining saves and invites you, the fan, to tell us which was your favourite.
Kuala Lumpur: Thanks to the votes of many thousands of Asian football fans, six players have secured their places in our ultimate AFC Cup Dream Team, with two more to be added this week in the wide midfield positions.
The AFC Cup All-time XI is taking shape, with players from East to West earning the approval of football followers from across the continent, but who will be tasked with adding trickery, creativity and energy from wide positions?
We’ve picked out 12 superb options; some of them known for being prolific scorers, some for their work as providers, and others who are remembered for specific moments in the tournament – and It’s up to you to choose your favourite.
With 122 goals, seven winners’ medals and three MVP awards among the nominees, there is ample quality to choose from, so study our list of contenders and don’t forget to register your vote.
Shanghai: China PR have hit the ground running in their two-week training camp, and head coach Li Tie is hoping his charges stay focused ahead of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
The training camp that began on Sunday will run till April 3, with friendly matches against Chinese Super League clubs, Henan Songshan Longmen FC and Shandong Taishen FC scheduled.
China PR are second in the Group A standings with seven points to their name, eight behind Syria but with a match in hand.
Omar Al Somah to power Syria in ties against Bahrain, IR Iran
Damascus: Syria will be powered by several overseas based players for their friendlies against Bahrain and Islamic Republic of Iran, with head coach Nabil Maaloul naming a strong squad on Saturday.
Syria will take on Bahrain on Thursday with Iran to follow five days later as they ramp up their preparations for the resumption of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
Moriyasu names Minamino, Tomiyasu, Yoshida in Japan squad
Tokyo: Head coach Hajime Moriyasu has included Europe-based players Takumi Minamino, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Maya Yoshida in Japan's squad for matches against Korea Republic and Mongolia.
Moriyasu named a squad of 23 players for the friendly against Korea Republic on Thursday, which will be followed by the Asian Qualifiers tie for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 against Mongolia five days later.