Catley: 2023 will change the game forever in Australia
Melbourne: Australia’s vice-captain Steph Catley is set to play in her third FIFA Women’s World Cup on home soil after Australia and New Zealand were recently announced as co-hosts for the 2023 edition. Typically one of the first names on the Matildas’ teamsheet, the personable and articulate 26-year-old has enjoyed additional spotlight of late as one of the faces of the bid.
Catley was then in the headlines again after being named as a new recruit for English high-flyers Arsenal, where she will link with a familiar coach in fellow Melburnian Joe Montemurro.
Already with a nearly a decade of international experience on her CV, the left-sided attacking full-back is set to be at the peak of her career when the world’s elite head Down Under in three years time.
Before her departure for North London, Catley spoke to FIFA.com about her emotions when the 2023 hosting rights were announced, France 2019 experiences, her expectations for a home World Cup and the newest chapter in her club career.
Manila: The steady flow of talented new players convinced James Younghusband to call time on his chequered career after having played a vital part in the rise of Philippines football.
Together with brother Phil, the Younghusband siblings were at the forefront as football in the Philippines improved with the Southeast Asian nation sealing a first ever berth at the AFC Asian Cup Finals, making their bow in UAE 2019.
The rise started with Philippines making inroads in Southeast Asia and certainly played a part in the emergence of, among others, the likes of Stephan Schrock, Patrick Reichelt and Manny Ott – leading to James deciding it was time to hang up his boots.
Singapore starlet Ikhsan inspired by legendary father
Raufoss: 'Like father like son' may seem like a cliché when it comes to Ikhsan Fandi. For those who have followed the careers of Ikhsan and his dad, Fandi, however, there seems little doubt that football pedigree has been passed down a generation.
Ikhsan, at 21, is Singapore's most in-form striker, having scored three times during their Asian Qualifiers campaign for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023. Fandi, 58, is a veritable national legend. With 55 goals from 101 international appearances, he is the Lions' all-time top-scorer.
But while you might expect that Fandi, who starred for Dutch side Groningen during a varied career, influenced Ikhsan to pursue a football career, Ikhsan found his own way to the profession.
Kuala Lumpur: It's hard to beat the feeling of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat at the very last, and this week's '5 of the Best' highlights some of the most dramatic climaxes ever seen in the AFC Cup.
From scenes in Singapore to joy in Jakarta and incredible climaxes in Guwahati, Hisor and Al Wakrah, our latest edition shines the spotlight on the magical moments that help make the beautiful game the most watched sport in the world.