Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has decided to extend the deadline for Member Associations to submit their “Expression of Interest” for hosting the AFC Asian Cup 2027 from March 31, 2020 to June 30, 2020.
The decision was taken in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic to allow Member Associations, many of whom have been affected by the global outbreak, sufficient time to meet their internal processes and timelines.
Doha: Qatar were the dominant force on the Asian football scene in 2019, the year they won their maiden AFC Asian Cup. Thanks to impressive results at the continental championship and in the Asian Qualifiers, as well as their participation in the Copa America, Al-Annabi were logically the highest climbers in the FIFA World Ranking in 2019.
Qatar’s achievements were the result of hard work and long-term planning, which finally paid dividends last year. This unprecedented success came as no surprise, given the excellent performances at both team and individual level. Indeed, Qatari stars claimed the individual awards at last year’s AFC Asian Cup, and their rising star, Akram Afif, was named AFC Player of the Year.
Asia's greatest national teams: Saudi Arabia 1980-90s
Kuala Lumpur: Over the past few decades, Asian football has produced some iconic national teams. In this series, the-AFC.com looks at some of those generations that shaped the sport in the world’s largest continent.
When Japan defeated China PR to be crowned continental champions in 2004, that was the first AFC Asian Cup final not to feature Saudi Arabia for 24 years. This incredible stat is perhaps the best testament to how dominant the Green Falcons had been in the last part of the 20th century.
Free-scoring Shomurodov out to make history with Uzbekistan
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Alexander Geynrikh was the player who dazzled in their Germany 2006 campaign, striking four times as his side stormed all the way through to the Asian play-off - only to lose out, heartbreakingly, to Bahrain on away goals. Then national legend Maksim Shatskikh rose to the occasion on the road to South Africa 2010, racking up eight goals to fire his side to the final qualifying round.
The Central Asians also came close in the Brazil 2014 preliminaries being edged out by Korea Republic on goal difference and, on that occasion, captain Server Djeparov led by example with outstanding performances that included four goals.
Kuala Lumpur: Over the years a number of Asian players have produced the goods at the FIFA World Cup, lighting up arenas around the globe and providing incredible moments that have gone down in the Continent’s footballing folklore.
With the kick-off for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 only days away, we turn back the clock to highlight the achievements of five Asian players who have shone brightest on the global showpiece.
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AFC aims to strengthen Women’s Football with data-driven approach
Kuala Lumpur: Following the successful staging of the historic Women's Club Championship 2019 - FIFA/AFC Pilot Tournament in the Korea Republic, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has commenced an extensive survey exercise among its 47 Member Associations (MAs) to better understand the current status of women’s domestic club competitions.
Led by the AFC Competitions and Football Events Division, the survey includes five sections with 62 questions, encompassing the general information of domestic women’s leagues and clubs, administration details, youth development, inter management systems, promotion and commercial situations.