Kapadze: Blockbuster opener will be tough for Uzbekistan, IR Iran
Tashkent: Uzbekistan head coach Timur Kapadze has reacted to Thursday’s AFC U-19 Championship Uzbekistan 2020 draw, predicting his side’s opening night clash with Islamic Republic of Iran to be a stern test for both sides.
The tournament hosts will also face the Southeast Asian duo of Indonesia and Cambodia in Group A, with the top two teams advancing to the quarter-finals.
In a draw which produced several mouth-watering fixtures, the Uzbekistan-IR Iran tournament opener at Bunyodkor Stadium stands out as a potential classic, but despite a challenging first step on the road to the knockout stage, Kapadze was relatively pleased with the outcome of Thursday’s ceremony at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur.
Asia’s future stars discover contenders for Bahrain 2020 challenge
Kuala Lumpur: Three-time winners and defending champions Japan are set to face Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and China PR in Group D following Thursday’s official draw for the AFC U-16 Championship Bahrain 2020 at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur.
Sixteen teams will be vying for the title while the top four teams will qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Peru 2021.
Kuala Lumpur: In the latest of the-AFC.com's 'My Asian Home' series, we speak with Thailand international Tristan Do about swapping France for Southeast Asia.
Born in Paris to a Thai father and French mother, Tristan Do attended the world-renowned INF Clairefontaine academy in France as a teenager alongside the likes of Real Madrid goalkeeper Alphonse Areola and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Raphael Guerreiro.
From there he signed his first professional contract with RS Strasbourg before spells with Lorient and Gazelec Ajjacio. But in 2014, an unexpected call from Thailand led to his first trip to Southeast Asia and, six years on, Bangkok has become home.
Speaking exclusively to the-AFC.com, Do reflects on his life-changing decision, becoming a key member of the Thai national side and a renowned figure among adoring fans, as well as a business venture in one of Bangkok's trendiest neighbourhoods.
Kuala Lumpur: Goals, goals and more goals from the AFC Cup as this week the-AFC.com looks back on five fantastic efforts by some big-name stars from Syria to Singapore.
After featuring fabulous free-kicks, long-range stunners and individual brilliance, this week's edition takes in one of our most popular categories: acrobatic goals. Athletic, exciting and often jaw-dropping, enjoy these magnificent efforts and then select your favourite by voting at the bottom of the article.
Vote for your best Asian team at the FIFA World Cup: Defenders
Kuala Lumpur: With international football not set to return until later in the year, the-AFC.com continues its look back at some of Asia's greatest performers at the FIFA World Cup and asks you, the fans, to vote for the Best XI.
Last week we presented the candidates for the best goalkeeper, and now it's time to turn our attention to defenders. With candidates from Korea Republic, Japan and Saudi Arabia, here are the eight players in contention for the places in the backline.
Review the nominees and then choose your favourite for this all-star XI in the poll below.