Doha: Almoez Ali’s career to date can be measured by some key footballing milestones.
After taking part in the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015, the up-and-coming Qatari forward stole the show at the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, where he led his country to their maiden continental title, finishing as tournament top scorer. He then had the rare privilege of playing at the legendary Maracana Stadium.
Magical Moments: Almoez Ali vs Japan (AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019)
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 proved to be yet another seminal moment in the young career of Qatar striker Almoez Ali.
Having arrived in the United Arab Emirates with an already burgeoning reputation, the livewire forward went on to find the net a record nine times – the last of which was a particularly magical moment in the final – and be named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
That accolade, along with the award for finishing as top goalscorer, was roundly applauded, a nod to Ali’s prowess following a campaign which saw him shine brightly yet again for Felix Sanchez’s charges as they claimed Qatar’s first-ever AFC Asian Cup crown.
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.
Teams, star players, coaches: All you need to know about J1 League 2020
Kuala Lumpur: The Japanese J.League has produced finalists in each of the past three editions of the AFC
Champions League, with Kashima Antlers’ 2018 triumph sandwiched between Urawa Red Diamonds lifting the trophy in 2017 and finishing as runners-up in 2019.
As well as developing a growing list of domestic stars, the league is also home to some of the biggest names in Asian and world football, and with just one round of the 2020 season played before the enforced COVID-19 break, the-AFC.com runs the rule over this year’s participants ahead of the restart on Saturday.
Vote for your best Asian team at the FIFA World Cup: Forwards
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.