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.
FIFA World Ranking: DPR Korea, Yemen, Singapore and Nepal move up
Kuala Lumpur: DPR Korea, Yemen, Singapore and Nepal - thanks to good results in the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 - are the biggest movers in the latest FIFA World Ranking.
DPR Korea, who defeated Lebanon and Sri Lanka in the Asian Qualifiers, jumped five places to 113th in the world in the FIFA Ranking released on Thursday..
Yemen (137th), Singapore (157th) and Nepal (161st) also improved their respective rankings by five spots.
Bahrain (105), Tajikistan (115) and Mongolia (183) each moved up four spots.
Road to Qatar 2022 & China 2023: Five Talking Points
Kuala Lumpur: After six rounds of matches, the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 are done and dusted for 2019.
Qualifying action for the two premier competitions will resume on March 26 as the players - depending on where they play their club football - either return to their teams or get some much needed break.
Join the-AFC.com as we take a look at five talking points at this stage of a thrilling Asian Qualifiers.
Dushanbe: Akram Afif said Qatar may not have fired on all cylinders but they achieved their target in the 1-0 away win against Afghanistan in Group E of the Asian Qualifiers on Tuesday.
Afif scored the winning goal from the penalty spot 14 minutes from time as the Asian champions were made to work hard in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 qualification tie by a resilient Afghanistan at the Republican Central Stadium.
Dubai: Head coach Fajr Ebrahim believes Syria’s recent hard work is starting to pay handsome dividends after watching his side record a fifth successive Asian Qualifiers victory thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Philippines on Tuesday.
Ward Salama’s first-half goal proved the difference at Dubai’s Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium as Syria reinforced their position at the top of the Group A standings by going eight points clear of second-placed China PR.
With progress through to the next phase of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying – and a place at the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 – now tantalisingly close, Ebrahim is adamant that Syria fully deserve to be where they are.