Bangkok: The curtain came down on the AFC U17 Asian Cup™ Thailand 2023 on Sunday with Japan being crowned champions for a record-extending fourth time while also retaining their title following a 3-0 win over Korea Republic in the final at Pathum Thani Stadium.
The victory saw the young Samurai Blue take their goals tally to an incredible 22 in just six games as the East Asians took the overall number of goals scored in the tournament to 99 in 31 matches – a rate of just over three per game.
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Pathum Thani: Head coach Yoshiro Moriyama said Gaku Nawata’s two goals were the defining moments in their AFC U17 Asian Cup™ Thailand 2023 final triumph against Korea Republic on Sunday.
Nawata struck his first with a sublime free-kick just after Korea Republic had been reduced to 10 players while his second ended whatever hopes their East Asian rivals had of a comeback, with the player going on to scoop the Most Valuable Player and Cremo Top Goalscorer Awards. Yutaka Michiwaki netted the third in added time.
The triumph meant Moriyama added the AFC U17 Asian Cup title to the AFC U-16 Championship crown he guided Japan to in 2018.
Tuyet Dung, Huynh Nhu to lead Vietnam's debut campaign
Hanoi: Vietnam head coach Mai Duc Chung has finalised his squad of 23 players for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023, their first ever appearance at the Finals.
Duc Chung will be counting on the presence of two long-serving stalwarts of Vietnam women’s football in midfielder Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung and record goalscorer forward Huynh Nhu to lead the team in their Group E challenge.
Sydney: Australia head coach Tony Gustavsson has selected Lydia Williams and Clare Polkinghorne as well as injured duo Kyah Simon and Alanna Kennedy in his 23-player squad for the Matildas’ co-hosting of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 later this month.
Williams and Polkinghorne have become the first Australian players – male or female – to be selected for a fifth FIFA World Cup while Chelsea striker Sam Kerr will captain the team at what will be her fourth Finals.
Kuala Lumpur: Only months after the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC)’s match officials are now ready to represent the Continent on the biggest stage in women’s football with five women referees from Asia being selected to officiate at the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023.
Casey Reibelt is one of the five women referees from Asia who will be seen at the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023, alongside compatriot Kate Jacewicz, Japan’s Yoshimi Yamashita, and Kim Yu-jeong and Oh Hyeong-jeong of Korea Republic.
Paris: Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino became the latest high-profile player to complete a move to Saudi Arabia, signing for Al Ahli on Tuesday after his contract with Premier League giants Liverpool expired.
The 31-year-old left Liverpool after eight seasons at Anfield, during which time he scored 111 goals in 362 appearances and won the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup.