Utrecht: Their appetite whetted after playing Cameroon, Japan are looking forward to locking horns with Côte d'Ivoire in an international friendly on Utrecht, Netherlands on Tuesday.
In their first match together since Matchday Six of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 last November, the Samurai Blue were held to a goalless draw by Cameroon on Friday and midfielder Gaku Shibasaki said Japan will have to improve against Côte d'Ivoire.
Bracket Challenge – RO32: Boaz Solossa (Persipura) v Chan Siu Ki (South China)
Kuala Lumpur: Since its inaugural edition in 2004, the AFC Cup has produced many glorious moments and, of course, numerous goals that will live long in the memory.
After the 2020 edition was cancelled due to COVID-19, the-AFC.com launches an AFC Cup Bracket Challenge that features 32 of the greatest goals from the previous decade and ask you, the fans, to vote for your favourities.
AFC Champions League - MVP Memories: Therdsak Chaiman
Bangkok: With the 2020 AFC Champions League (EAST) set to resume in the coming weeks, the-AFC.com begins a series where some of the players who have lit up the competition since its inaugural edition in 2002-03 recall their memorable campaigns, starting with Thailand's Therdsak Chaiman.
Mention Thai football these days and the names of Chanathip Songkrasin and Theerathon Bunmathan are likely to crop up. The pair have excelled in Japan with Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo and Yokohama F. Marinos respectively, with Theerathon being crowned a J1 League champion in 2019.
They are part of a generation of players who have raised the bar for club football in the Southeast Asia country, with their performances in the 2017 AFC Champions League helping Muangthong United claim some notable scalps en route to the Round of 16.
Utrecht: Captain Maya Yoshida had a header cleared off the line as Hajime Moriyasu’s Japan were held to a 0-0 draw by Cameroon in Utrech in the Netherlands in an international friendly on Friday.
Yoshida saw Ambroise Oyongo’s hook his goal-bound effort clear midway through the first half after a fumble by Cameroon goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa in Japan’s first international outing in 10 months due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.