Kuala Lumpur: After Korea Republic and Islamic Republic of Iran notched up multiple wins in the first six editions of the AFC Asian Cup™, the start of the 1980s brought with it another change in the landscape of the Asian game as teams from West Asia took a stranglehold on the sport.
Kuwait had signaled their status as one of the rising powers of Asian football in 1976 in reaching the final of the AFC Asian Cup in just their second appearance and, on home soil four years later, the Gulf state was to go one step further.
Kuala Lumpur: Korea Republic claimed the first two AFC Asian Cup™ titles but, after near-misses in both 1956 and 1960, Israel sparked a shift in the balance of power in 1964, paving the way for an even more dominant force to take control.
After back-to-back runners-up finishes, persistence paid off as Israel added a new name to the AFC Asian Cup trophy as they claimed the title in front of their own fans when the country hosted the third edition of the continental championship.
Kuala Lumpur: From the humblest beginnings, the AFC Asian Cup™ has grown into the greatest football show on the continent with the 18th edition, which kicks off in Qatar in just under a hundred days, set to be the best ever.
But even in its earliest days, the prestige of claiming the continental crown brought with it fame, respect and a trip to the presidential palace. the-AFC.com retraces the AFC Asian Cup's journey through the years with the first of a four-part series.
#AsianCup2023 preparations step up with Team Workshop
Doha: Representatives from the 24 Participating Member Associations (PMAs) of the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ gathered in Doha earlier in the week for an informative Team Workshop ahead of the Continent’s greatest ever showpiece.
With just over three months to go until the 18th edition of Asia’s flagship tournament, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ collaborated to put on the two-day Workshop between 4 and 5 October, which covered aspects that are crucial to delivering a world-class spectacle from 12 January to 10 February, 2024.
#AsianCup2023 100-day countdown: Hayya Asia unveiled as official slogan
Doha: With 100 days to go to Asia’s most prestigious men’s tournament, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ Local Organising Committee (LOC) today unveiled the official slogan of the competition: Hayya Asia.
Presenting fervent fans of Asian football with the opportunity to have their voices heard, Hayya Asia was confirmed as the official slogan of the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ from a shortlist of 11, following a global online engagement campaign launched on 12 September to mark the tournament’s four-month countdown.
Kuala Lumpur: Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar scored their maiden goals as the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 witnessed a sizzling Matchday Two.
Several teams boosted their knockout stage hopes, some bounced back while a few have a lot of work ahead of them so join the-AFC.com as we take a look at how Matchday Two unfolded and what to expect in the next round of matches.