Stage set for 2020 AFC U-16 & U-19 Championship draws
Kuala Lumpur: Asia’s stars of tomorrow will discover their opponents when the AFC U-16 Championship Bahrain 2020 and AFC U-19 Championship Uzbekistan 2020 draws take place at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at 1430 and 1630 hours (local time) on Thursday.
Both competitions will be significant for the young Asian teams as the leading four sides in the AFC U-16 and AFC U-19 Championships qualify for the scheduled editions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru and FIFA U-20 World Cup in Indonesia respectively.
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.
Uzbekistan aiming for the title, says head coach Kapadze
Tashkent: As Asia’s next generation of football stars await Thursday’s AFC U-19 Championship draw, hosts Uzbekistan are aiming for nothing less than the title of champions.
The draw, to be conducted at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will separate the 16 qualified nations into four groups ahead of October’s final tournament, and Uzbekistan will be a team many will hope to avoid, should they live up to head coach Timur Kapadze’s expectations.
Postecoglou: Target for Yokohama F Marinos is to win them all
Kuala Lumpur: Yokohama F Marinos coach Ange Postecoglou is itching to return to competitive action as the countdown to the J.League’s resumption from its enforced coronavirus break ticks ever closer.
The J.League will make its long-awaited return on July 4 having shut down due to the pandemic in late February, meaning Marinos had only played one game in defence of the title they won so impressively last year under the Australian coach.
Marinos lost their J.League opener to Gamba Osaka having also tasted defeat against Vissel Kobe in a penalty shootout in the Super Cup in the season’s curtain raiser, but the 54-year-old is delighted to be making a return to competitive action having seen leagues resume elsewhere.
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.
Kuala Lumpur: With the 2020 AFC Champions League currently on hiatus, the-AFC.com continues its series of articles to determine your best sides from the last four editions of the Continental competition.