UAE 2019 is the target, says Thailand coach Rajevac
Hong Kong: Thailand coach Milovan Rajevac insists the aim is to make history at AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 ahead of Thursday's friendly against Hong Kong.
Without Japan and Europe-based stars Chanathip Songkrasin, Teerasil Dangda, Theerathon Bunmathan and Kawin Thamsatchanan, Thailand will have a new-look side when they face Hong Kong on October 11 and Trinidad and Tobago on October 14.
However, coach Rajevac (below) is convinced the games will serve as vital build-up for the War Elephants, with important challenges to come in the months ahead with the 2018 AFF Championship and AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 looming large.
Bento: Friendlies an opportunity to strengthen squad
Paju: Korea Republic's national football team head coach Paulo Bento is on a mission to find and fix problems ahead of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.
Bento's side assembled at the National Football Center (NFC) in Paju, north of Seoul, on Monday to prepare for friendlies against on Uruguay in Seoul on Friday and Panama in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province, four days later.
Korea Republic had a 2-0 win against Costa Rica and played to a goalless draw against Chile last month. Before competing at the AFC Asian Cup UAE in January, Bento said his goal is to identify problems and improve the team's shortcomings.
Dubai: Socceroos goalkeeper Mathew Ryan will not take part in the team’s training camp in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week, or next week’s international friendly fixture against Kuwait at the Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium.
Ryan, who kept a clean sheet in Brighton & Hove Albion’s 1-0 English Premier League win over West Ham on Friday, will be given the October FIFA window off to manage a minor injury, Football Federation Australia (FFA) said on Monday.
Socceroos head coach Graham Arnold said it was in Ryan’s best interests to remain with his club rather than travel to the UAE.
4 things to watch for during the international break
Kuala Lumpur: The October international break marks three months to the AFC Asian Cup 2019 UAE, and the participating teams are ramping up their preparations.
As we edge ever closer to January's continental showpiece, the 24 AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 participants continue their preparations with the latest round of international friendlies taking place across the world this week.
Exciting call-ups, young and old, tactical decisions in the making and intriguing clashes all await over the next 10 days. So, join us as we take a look at some of the most interesting things to watch out for this international break.
Ailing Koo misses out on Korea Republic friendlies
Seoul: Midfielder Koo Ja-cheol will miss Korea Republic's upcoming friendlies against Uruguay and Panama as he recovers from a kidney infection.
The Korea Football Association (KFA) said Koo has been diagnosed with acute pyelonephritis. The FC Augsburg midfielder is also expected to miss German Bundesliga matches.
Koo, who has 19 goals in 70 matches, was looking to make his first appearance since Paulo Bento took over as head coach in August. He didn't play in Korea Republic's friendly matches against Costa Rica and Chile last month.