Morale boosting wins for Australia, Japan; Spain too strong for Vietnam
Melbourne: Manchester City striker Mary Fowler scored the only goal as Australia warmed up for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 by beating fifth-ranked France 1-0 in an international friendly on Friday in front of more than 50,000 fans.
Japan also scored an impressive 5-0 win over Panama while Vietnam succumbed 9-0 to Spain.
Stajcic confident Philippines ready for history-making challenge
Sydney: The Philippines will be appearing at their first FIFA Women’s World Cup later this month after qualifying for Australia and New Zealand 2023 with a run to the semi-finals of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™.
Head coach Alen Stajcic talked to the-AFC.com about his team’s preparations and their hopes for the tournament.
Six-month countdown begins: Vote for your all-time AFC Asian Cup™ Dream XI now!
With six months to go to the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) invites fans to vote for their all-time AFC Asian Cup™ Dream XI in its latest campaign.
The fan whose squad matches the final selected Dream XI will get the chance to win a trip with a companion to the opening match of the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ between defending champions Qatar and Lebanon.
Fans can visit the-AFC.com/dreamXI or the AFC’s official mobile application, AFC LIVE, to cast their votes.
Troussier determined to replicate Japan success with Vietnam
Hanoi: Philippe Troussier famously led Japan to the last 16 at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and in January will go head-to-head with his former employers at the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ after Vietnam were drawn against the Samurai Blue.
With just six months to go before the continental showpiece kicks off, the Frenchman tells the-AFC.com about his enduring love for Japan and the parallels between his old job and his current role.
Dubai: United Arab Emirates have unveiled the experienced Paulo Bento as head coach of the men's national team.
The 54-year-old Portuguese takes over from Rodolfo Arruabarrena, after the latter’s contract came to an end last May with UAE impressed with what Bento achieved previously with Portugal and Korea Republic.