Kuala Lumpur: Korea Republic claimed the first two AFC Asian Cup™ titles but, after near-misses in both 1956 and 1960, Israel sparked a shift in the balance of power in 1964, paving the way for an even more dominant force to take control.
After back-to-back runners-up finishes, persistence paid off as Israel added a new name to the AFC Asian Cup trophy as they claimed the title in front of their own fans when the country hosted the third edition of the continental championship.
Kuala Lumpur: From the humblest beginnings, the AFC Asian Cup™ has grown into the greatest football show on the continent with the 18th edition, which kicks off in Qatar in just under a hundred days, set to be the best ever.
But even in its earliest days, the prestige of claiming the continental crown brought with it fame, respect and a trip to the presidential palace. the-AFC.com retraces the AFC Asian Cup's journey through the years with the first of a four-part series.
#AsianCup2023 100-day countdown: Hayya Asia unveiled as official slogan
Doha: With 100 days to go to Asia’s most prestigious men’s tournament, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ Local Organising Committee (LOC) today unveiled the official slogan of the competition: Hayya Asia.
Presenting fervent fans of Asian football with the opportunity to have their voices heard, Hayya Asia was confirmed as the official slogan of the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ from a shortlist of 11, following a global online engagement campaign launched on 12 September to mark the tournament’s four-month countdown.
Saitama: Jose Kante was delighted with Urawa Red Diamonds’ performance in their 6-0 win over Vietnam’s Hanoi FC in their AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 Group J match on Wednesday.
Pham Tuan Hai’s own goal put Maciej Skorza’s side ahead before efforts from Alexander Scholz, Toshiki Takahashi, Takahiro Sekine, Kante and Ekanit Panya moved Urawa onto four points following their opening draw with Wuhan Three Towns.
The defending champions impressed throughout the 90 minutes, producing 25 shots on goal with 12 on target, showing tremendous desire to not ease up at any point in the game.
Lion City’s precision delights Rankovic, Kim vows Kitchee will bounce back
Hong Kong: Head coach Aleksandar Rankovic applauded his team’s sharpness after Lion City Sailors defeated Kitchee SC 2-1 in Group F of the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 on Wednesday.
The win took Lion City to third in the standings on goal difference, with Thailand’s Bangkok United on top with maximum points following their 3-2 win over second-placed Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors of Korea Republic.
Bangkok United’s Totchtawan calls for focus to maintain good start
Pathum Thani: They may be flying high in Group F of the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 with a perfect six points but Totchtawan Sripan intends to keep his Bangkok United charges grounded as the Thai side eye progression from the group stage.
Wednesday’s 3-2 win over two-time winners Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors of Korea Republic will give the group leaders plenty of confidence but having previously experienced the rough and tumble of this competition with Muangthong United, Totchtawan knows his team has to take it step by step.