Dushanbe: Tajikistan’s top-flight league will not return this weekend, as had been planned, after football in the country was suspended indefinitely on Wednesday.
The country’s top division, which includes AFC Cup participants FC Istiklol and FC Khujand, had been scheduled to resume on May 10, but new coronavirus cases have led to an open-ended extension to the pause on football activities announced on April 25.
AFC and Asian stars inspire fans to maintain fitness with new #StayActive campaign
Kuala Lumpur: With millions staying at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) along with some of Asia’s biggest stars have today launched a new campaign – #StayActive – to inspire fans to maintain their fitness while emphasising the importance of their physical and mental wellbeing.
Kicking-off the series are three familiar faces who also featured in the AFC’s highly-acclaimed #BreakTheChain campaign – Islamic Republic of Iran and Persepolis FC’s Alireza Beiranvand, India and JSW Bengaluru’s Gurpreet Singh and 2018 AFC Women’s Player of the Year Wang Shuang from China PR, who are now providing fans with unique insights to their fitness regimes.
Teams, star players, coaches: All you need to know about K League 2020
Kuala Lumpur: On Friday, Korea Republic will join Chinese Taipei and Turkmenistan among the few active domestic football leagues as the game on the Continent slowly begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Founded in 1983 as the Korean Super League before being revamped and renamed as the K League in 1998, Korea's top flight boasts a number of powerhouses on the Continental stage, with no fewer than four sides having won the AFC Champions League and a further two having lifted its predecessor, the now defunct Asian Club Championship trophy.
Asia’s greatest national teams: DPR Korea Women’s Youth (2015-17)
Kuala Lumpur: DPR Korea was the first Asian men’s side to make a significant impact at the FIFA World Cup level, but it is the women’s game which has led the country to its greatest footballing highs.
While the 1966 heroics of Pak Do-ik and company awakened the world, it was the women’s youth teams of the 2000s and 2010s that conquered it.
Over a period spanning 12 years, DPR Korea emerged as a nightmare opponent for nearly any team in any women’s youth tournament on the globe, ultimately winning a total of four world titles and four Asian crowns in two age groups.
While their 5-0 victory over China PR in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Final was a stunning result, and their 2008 U-17 crown won against the United States a momentous achievement, no period summed up DPR Korea’s dominance like 2015 to 2017, with the nation producing simultaneous world champion sides at U-17 and U-20 levels.