Sydney: As the A-League gets set to resume in the coming days, we continue our series reviewing the most popular clubs in Asia, this week shifting the focus to Australia.
After launching in 2005-06, the A-League has been graced by world-renowned Australian internationals and attracted some huge names from across the globe, while the country can also point to success in the AFC Champions League.
Below are five candidates, based on their domestic and Continental success, for Australia's most popular club. Review the teams and select your favourite in the poll at the foot of the article.
FFA, Member Federations & Western Sydney Wanderers share salute to former Socceroos boss Rale Rasic
Sydney: The extraordinary life and career of former Socceroos and National Soccer League (NSL) Head Coach Rale Rasic OAM was celebrated on Thursday throughout a special live stream shared across multiple football platforms.
The stream – taken live by Football Federation Australia (FFA), Socceroos, numerous Member Federations, and Western Sydney Wanderers FC on Facebook – has since accumulated nearly 50,000 views.
Organised by long-serving Australian football media contributor Harry Michaels OAM, the broadcast reflected on Rasic’s influence in and on the game at both national and local levels, and was hosted by respected football journalist and commentator, Andy Paschalidis.
Paschalidis was joined by a variety of guests including former Socceroos Alex Tobin, Adrian Alston, Max Tolson, Jim Fraser, and of course, Australia’s first ever FIFA World Cup coach, Rasic.
Kuala Lumpur: It's that time of the week when the-AFC.com brings you some fabulous goals from years gone by and, staying with the AFC Cup, our latest offering looks at curlers.
We shine the '5 of the Best' spotlight on a handful of aesthetically pleasing curling efforts that have sailed beyond outstretched goalkeepers and into the back of the net. Once you've reviewed our trip down memory lane, don;t forget to vote for your favourite at the bottom of the article!
AFC reiterates commitment to complete 2020 competitions with new calendar
Kuala Lumpur: Following a series of constructive discussions with its Member Associations (MA), Leagues and Clubs, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has now produced a calendar for concluding the National Team, Club and Futsal Competitions in 2020.
The AFC’s National Team and Club competitions as well as the AFC Futsal Championship planned for Turkmenistan have been postponed since February and March but, thanks to the support of the Members, Leagues and Clubs, there is a determination to finish the competitions this year.
Doha: Qatar Stars League champions Al Sadd SC have announced that Akram Afif has renewed his contract, with the 2019 AFC Player of the Year signing on until 2025.
Keeping the 23-year-old forward was one of the main targets of Spanish head coach Xavi, who has also recently extended his contract for another year.
“I’m working with the club’s management during the current period on a number of issues,” said Xavi previously to Al Sadd's website. “The most important of which is the renewal of Akram Afif’s contract.”