Kuala Lumpur: January 7th marks 11 years since the 2011 AFC Asian Cup kicked off in the Qatari capital Doha. A tournament that concluded 22 days later with Japan picking up a record fourth continental title.
Hosted in five stadiums, two of which are set to host games in the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the-AFC.com takes a stroll down memory lane for one of the most exciting editions in AFC Asian Cup history.
Four years after the unique experience of hosting the 2007 AFC Asian Cup in four countries for the first time in the competition’s history, eyes turned to the west of the continent with Qatar playing hosts to Asia’s top national teams’ competition for the second time in their history after 1988.
Iraq arrived in Doha as reigning champions, while Saudi Arabia and Japan were eager to establish advantage in the race to dominate the continent, having won three AFC Asian Cup titles each. And while there were no debutants, the 2011 edition saw the return of India for the first time since 1984, DPR Korea for the first time since 1992 and Syria who had been absent since 1996.
Al Hilal defeat Al Faisaly to clinch Saudi Super Cup
Riyadh: Reigning AFC Champions League holders Al Hilal SFC added new silverware to their trophy cabinet after defeating Al Faisaly FC 4-3 on penalties in the Saudi Super Cup at Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium on Thursday.
The two sides were locked 2-2 at the end of extra time with Al Hilal prevailing in the decisive shootout to win their third Saudi Super Cup title.
AFC Futsal Asian Cup Kuwait 2022™ Qualifiers draw reveals path to Finals for teams
Kuala Lumpur: Asia’s futsal stars discovered their challengers following the AFC Futsal Asian Cup Kuwait 2022™ Qualifiers virtual draw ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday.
With host nation Kuwait already assured of a place in the tournament, the 30 participating Member Associations (MAs) were divided into the East and West Zones while the Central and South Zones were combined.
For the combined Central and South Zones, 12-time champions Islamic Republic of Iran were drawn in Group A alongside Kyrgyz Republic, Turkmenistan and Maldives. Four-time runners-up Uzbekistan will face Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Nepal in Group B.
In the East Zone, three-time champions Japan will have China PR and Mongolia for company in Group A, while Chinese Taipei, Korea Republic and Hong Kong are in Group B.
Mehdi Taremi named among Finalists for FIFA Puskas Award
Kuala Lumpur: FIFA has announced that Islamic Republic of Iran star forward Mehdi Taremi is among the final three nominees for the FIFA Puskas Award, the prize given to the player judged to have scored the most aesthetically pleasing goal.
Taremi was nominated for the award following his sensational bicycle kick goal for club side FC Porto scored against Chelsea FC in the 2021 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals on 13 April, 2021.
Largest cast of match officials set for AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™
Kuala Lumpur: The biggest-ever cast of talented and experienced women match officials have been assigned to the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ that will take place from January 20 to February 6.
With the expansion of the showpiece to 12 teams, a total of 32 match officials, comprising 16 referees and assistant referees from 15 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Member Associations, will take charge in potentially a maximum of 29 matches including the play-offs.