Oman conclude training stint in preparation for AFC U-16 Championship
Muscat: The Oman squad have completed their latest phase of training for the 2020 AFC U-16 Championship following the conclusion of a seven-day training camp in Bahrain on Saturday.
Oman played two friendlies against their Bahraini counterparts during the training camp, winning the first 2-1 and losing the second 2-0.
The training camp was a very valuable exercise for Oman head coach Hilal Al Oufi as it allowed him to assess the players for the AFC U-16 Championship, which has been rescheduled to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kim's Ulsan Hyundai enjoying the moment, Miura proud of Vissel Kobe making AFC Champions League history
Doha: Ulsan Hyundai FC head coach Kim Do-hoon credited the positive atmosphere within the squad for his side’s 2-1 extra time victory over Vissel Kobe in the 2020 AFC Champions League semi-final on Sunday.
Ulsan Hyundai were made to wait 120 minutes to get their winner from the very last kick of the ball at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium.
After a goalless first half, Hotaru Yamaguchi’s goal from a well-worked Vissel Kobe corner kick was cancelled out by Bjorn Johnsen’s strike nine minutes from time, taking the tie into extra time. A penalty in the last minute allowed Junior Negrao to slot home his fifth of the campaign and send the Koreans into the final.
Ulsan Hyundai come from behind to beat Vissel Kobe to seal berth in AFC Champions League final
Doha: Ulsan Hyundai FC advanced to next Saturday’s 2020 AFC Champions League final with a 2-1 win over Vissel Kobe after extra time in an epic semi-final at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium on Sunday.
A 119th-minute penalty kick from Ulsan’s Júnior Negrão finally settled the tie, which had seen Vissel go ahead through Hotaru Yamaguchi just after half-time, only for Bjørn Johnsen to snatch a late equaliser with the help of the Video Assistant Referee.
Kim Do-hoon’s side will now face Islamic Republic of Iran’s Persepolis FC, while Vissel’s superb maiden appearance in the competition ends one step short of the finale.
AFC Champions League (EAST) Toyota Player of the Week: Park Sang-hyeok
Doha: Suwon Samsung Bluewings' Park Sang-hyeok has been voted by the fans as the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) Toyota Player of the Week after he scored his side's goal in the 1-1 quarter-final draw with Vissel Kobe before the K League 1 team exited on penalties.
The 22-year-old midfielder, who opened the scoring with a nicely placed header in the seventh minute, gained 42 percent of the fans' vote after having been ranked sixth in the ratings by Stats Perform ratings – the AFC's official data provider – with a score of 7.1.
Siamak Nemati's effort for Persepolis FC picked as Most Memorable AFC Champions League Semi-Final Goal
Kuala Lumpur: Siamak Nemati's goal for Persepolis FC has been voted by fans as the most memorable AFC Champions League semi-final goal from the six that had been picked by the-AFC.com.
With anticipation building for the 2020 AFC Champions League final, where Islamic Republic of Iran champions Persepolis will be aiming to win the continental title for the first time, their fans voted in huge numbers for Nemati.
Facing Qatar's Al Sadd in an Azadi Stadium packed to the brim, the return leg of the semi-final was tied 1-1 when Nemati struck to take Persepolis into the 2018 AFC Champions League final against Japan's Kashima Antlers.
Review the six goals and check out the result at the bottom of the article.
“I’ll never forget those memories” – The story of Kim Do-hoon’s stint at AFC Champions League rivals Vissel Kobe
Doha: Appearing in the AFC Champions League for the first time in club history, Vissel Kobe will face Ulsan Hyundai on Sunday knowing a win will take them to a maiden continental final, but one of their own stands in the way.
Names like Andres Iniesta, Thomas Vermaelen and Kyogo Furuhashi have taken Vissel’s class of 2020 to unprecedented heights since they arrived in Qatar last month, defying an indifferent J1 League campaign to reach the semi-final of Asia’s premier club competition.
Standing between Vissel and a fairy-tale finale is an Ulsan Hyundai side whose head coach Kim Do-hoon, once upon a time, was the man responsible for leading the line and scoring goals in Kobe.
Sydney: A popular and engaging figure in Australia’s football fraternity, Rae Dower’s sheer passion for the game constantly shines through. And that raw enthusiasm for football has taken her on a colourful journey over the past decade.
Dower gave up a long career as a detective sergeant in the police force and the dividends have been enormous. Dower was recently appointed Football Federation Australia’s (FFA) Women’s Technical Adviser. It book-ended a decade that began with Dower coaching at local level and Queensland’s youth representative teams.