Confident Saudi Arabia ready for Palestine test in Asian Qualifiers
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia are confident of securing three points against Palestine in Group D of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Tuesday.
The two sides shared the spoils in a goalless draw at Faisal Al Husseini Stadium in Al Ram in October 2019 and victory for Saudi Arabia on Tuesday at the King Saud University Stadium will put them top of the group ahead of Uzbekistan, who lead with a point.
Debrecen: Qatar captain Hassan Al Haydos scored a brace to steer the reigning AFC Asian Cup champions to a comeback 2-1 win against Azerbaijan in an international friendly at Nagyerdei Stadion in Debrecen, Hungary on Saturday.
Qatar, who are preparing for the FIFA World Cup 2022, played their second match as an invited team in Group A of the European Qualifiers with the Republic of Ireland next up on Tuesday.
Hamed: Palestine will treat Saudi Arabia game as a final
Riyadh: The Palestine national team made history in 2014, when they defeated the Philippines in the final of the AFC Challenge Cup to qualify for their maiden AFC Asian Cup.
Back then, Yaser Hamed was just 17 and a graduate of Athletic Bilbao’s renowned youth academy. The bourgeoning defender enjoyed spells in the youth teams of several clubs in Spain’s lower divisions, before signing his first professional contract in 2016.
After their maiden appearance at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, Palestine returned for the subsequent edition in 2019, and it was later that year when Hamed made his national team debut. Since then, the centre-back has become one of the pillars of the team and has been ever present in his side’s first five qualifying fixtures for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
Kuala Lumpur: Three places remain in our All-time AFC Cup XI, with some of Asian football’s most iconic goal scorers to vie for a place in our fans’ dream selection.
Football lovers from every corner of Asia have selected a goalkeeper, three defenders and a four-man midfield in previous weeks, now it’s time to crown the tournament’s greatest ever forwards, with countless worthy contenders to choose from.
With a staggering 344 AFC Cup goals between them, we’ve selected the cream of the crop, including players hailing from Europe, Africa and South America, in our star-studded shortlist, now it’s up to you decide the final make-up of our ultimate team. Study our nominees below, and don’t forget to register your vote at the bottom of the page.
Three top venues for AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ confirmed
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ Local Organising Committee (LOC) have today confirmed the three host cities and stadiums, which will stage the Continent’s premier women’s national team competition.
The D.Y. Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, Ahmedabad’s TransStadia and the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar have been selected as the three stadiums and host cities that will provide the ultimate backdrop for some of the finest players in Asian and world women’s football from January 20 to February 6, 2022.