Qatar to host AFC Asian Cup 2023™; India and Saudi Arabia shortlisted for 2027 edition
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Executive Committee has today confirmed the Qatar Football Association (QFA) as the host association for the AFC Asian Cup 2023™.
Chairing the 11th AFC Executive Committee meeting, AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa congratulated the QFA on their successful bid and also conveyed the appreciation of the Asian football family to the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) and the Korea Football Association (KFA) for their commendable proposals.
Kuala Lumpur: A new name will appear on the AFC Cup™ roll of honour after the 2022 final as a pair of debutants in Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur City FC and Oman’s Al Seeb Club face off for the right to be crowned kings of Asia.
The competition’s 18th final sees Al Seeb aim to become Oman’s first-ever champions, while KL City are looking to follow in the footsteps of domestic rivals Johor Darul Ta’zim, who won the title back in 2015.
Ahead of the showpiece event in the Malaysian capital on Saturday, October 22, the-AFC.com looks at some of the key numbers from the tournament final's history.
ASEAN Wrap: City, Wanderers stay hot in Australia; New leaders in Thailand
Kuala Lumpur: Melbourne City and Western Sydney Wanderers made it two wins on the trot in the new A-League season while defending champions Western United are yet to open their account after their second defeat in as many matches.
Meanwhile, there was a change at the top in Thailand as defending champions Buriram United climbed to the summit of the Thai League 1 table after Chonburi FC dropped points for the first time in seven matches in a 1-0 defeat to third-placed Bangkok United.
Johor Darul Ta’zim completed the Malaysia Super League season unbeaten and Terengganu qualified for the 2023-24 AFC Cup on the final matchday while there were also games in Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, Cambodia and Myanmar so join the-AFC.com as we review the action from across Southeast Asia.
Central & South Asia Wrap: Persepolis snatch top spot in IR Iran; Hyderabad surge in India
Mumbai: Persepolis climbed to the summit of the Iran Pro League standings following a 1-0 win over Mes Rafsanjan, while Hyderabad took a share of the top spot in the Indian Super League after overwhelming NorthEast United.
Alay stayed in the hunt after seeing off Netchi in Kyrgyz Republic while Ahal extended their unbeaten run in Turkmenistan.
Join the-AFC.com as we review the past week’s domestic action across Central and South Asia.
East Asia Wrap: Ulsan champions of Korea Republic; Second-tier Ventforet taste cup glory in Japan
Hong Kong: It was an eventful week in East Asian football as Ulsan Hyundai secured their first K League 1 title since 2005 on Sunday and at the same time ended nine-time winners Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors’ hopes of claiming a sixth consecutive league trophy in Korea Republic.
In Japan, Ventforet Kofu, a club languishing in 18th position of the 22-team second division, were crowned the champions of the Emperor’s Cup after stunning high-flying J1 League side Sanfrecce Hiroshima on penalties to also advance to the 2023-24 AFC Champions League group stage.
There were also plenty of goals to talk about from the domestic leagues in Hong Kong, Mongolia and Chinese Taipei, so join the-AFC.com as we review all of last week’s action from across East Asia.
West Asia Wrap: Al Shabab continue to impress in Saudi Arabia; Al Wasl take charge in UAE
Dubai: Al Shabab will head into the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 break sitting pretty at the top of the Saudi Pro League after yet another impressive win over the past week.
In the United Arab Emirates, Al Wasl claimed top spot after defeating Sharjah. There were also matches in Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria so join the-AFC.com as we review the past week's domestic action across West Asia.