Analysis: Resilient Persepolis find a way through again in AFC Champions League
Doha: Ten-man Persepolis FC advanced to the AFC Champions League final for the second time in three years after overcoming Al Nassr on penalties following a hard-fought 1-1 draw in Saturday's semi-final at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium.
The 2018 runners-up Persepolis went into the tie on the back of a string of resolute performances while Al Nassr, competing in the semi-final for the first time, were looking to become the second successive Riyadh side to reach the final.
After going a goal down to Abderrazak Hamdallah's first-half penalty Persepolis got back into the game just minutes later and then, despite going down to 10 men in extra time, held on for penalties before keeping their nerve from 12 yards to progress.
Sydney: One of the fascinating aspects in women’s football over recent years has been how quickly the landscape can change. Be it a massive upswing in crowds, growing on-field standards or media interest.
Europe’s collective statement of intent at last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, and widespread investment in a dynamic club scene are yet more significant examples in the continent.
Al Mazmi: I want to take UAE past the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup group stage
Dubai: Mohamed Bashir Al Mazmi is not one to balk at a challenge. In recent years, the United Arab Emirates beach soccer coach has proven he can overcome difficulties, both on and off the pitch. He led the country to two consecutive editions of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup and earlier this year overcame COVID-19.
Last May, Al Mazmi announced he had tested positive for COVID-19 after coming in contact with someone who had the virus. The up-and-coming coach had to self-isolate for more than two weeks until he recovered and resumed normal life.
After his self-isolation was over, FIFA.com chatted with Al Mazmi about this difficult experience and how he overcame the virus. He also spoke about his aspirations to take the UAE to the Beach Soccer World Cup in Russia next year.
Genoa: Uzbekistan national team star Eldor Shomurodov will feature in Italy’s Serie A, after his transfer to Genoa was confirmed on Sunday.
Shomurodov, 25, joins the club from Russian Premier League outfit FC Rostov on a deal which will last until June 30, 2024.
Already foreshadowed by Rostov - who officially bid the striker farewell late last week, - Shomurodov’s arrival was confirmed in a brief statement issued by Genoa, who announced they had “definitively acquired” the rights to the player.