Asian Icons - Younis Mahmoud: The Lion of Mesopotamia
Kuala Lumpur: For over a decade, striker Younis Mahmoud headlined a generation of Iraqi players that has performed beyond expectation at the highest level in Asia, climaxing in 2007 with country's first ever AFC Asian Cup triumph.
There are few images more iconic in Asian football: with his mouth wide open in a celebratory roar, Younis Mahmoud hoisting the AFC Asian Cup trophy high into the Jakarta night sky as Iraq completed a remarkable triumph over Saudi Arabia in the final of the 2007 championship.
Beirut: Lebanese Football Association (LFA) announced on Monday that the new season of the Lebanese Football League will kick off in September, just 10 days after announcing the termination of the 2019-2020 season.
The LFA said in a press release that the top flight will start on September 18 while there will be a preparatory competition for the first division clubs on July 29.
Asian Classics: DPR Korea vs Italy (1966 FIFA World Cup Finals)
Kuala Lumpur: Asia's finest have had their fair share of stunning results at FIFA World Cup Finals but the honour of scoring the first famous victory for the Continent belongs to DPR Korea.
The East Asians stunned the world when they beat powerhouse Italy 1-0 in a 1966 Group Four tie to become the first nation outside of Europe and the Americas to seal a place in a FIFA World Cup quarter-final.
Pak Doo-ik scored what remains one of the FIFA World Cup's most famous goals, but it was team effort which took DPR Korea through to the last eight where they again amazed before losing 5-3 to a Eusébio-inspired Portugal.
East Asia & ASEAN Domestic Wrap: Hanoi win as V.League resumes
Kuala Lumpur: After a near three-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 V.League resumed at the weekend with defending champions Hanoi FC easing to victory and table-toppers Ho Chi Minh City FC ending goalless but maintaning their position at the summit.
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors returned to winning ways in Korea Republic by condemning FC Seoul to a second successive defeat, but Ulsan Hyundai remain unbeaten and hot on their heels after a convincing win over Pohang Steelers.
Elsewhere, there were mixed fortunes for Japan's Germany-based quintet, more friendlies in China PR and a Hong Kong legend hung up his boots, so join the-AFC.com as we review the talking points in East Asia and ASEAN.
Japan's Hasebe 'proud' after setting Asian Bundesliga games record
Berlin: Former Japan captain Makoto Hasebe said he was "proud" after setting the record for most Bundesliga appearances by an Asian player.
Centre-back Hasebe, 36, played the full 90 minutes in Eintracht Frankfurt's 2-0 loss to Mainz on Saturday in what was his 309th German top-flight match to leapfrog ex-Korea Republic forward Cha Bum-kun.