Etheridge to feature for Azkals in Asian Qualifiers
Manila: Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge is expected to feature for the Philippines in the opening games of the Asian Qualifiers in China PR in June as the Azkals attempt secure a place in the next round of qualifying.
The 31-year-old Birmingham City star has been a mainstay for the Philippines for over a decade and head coach Scott Cooper confirmed Etheridge would join the rest of the squad for their training camp in Doha later this month despite plans for the custodian to marry during the summer months.
Azmoun, Son, Shomorudov & Ji: Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week!
Kuala Lumpur: It was the week where Asia’s superstars showed the rest of the world precisely what they are capable of.
In arguably the best collection of performances from Asian players outside the continent all season, some of the region’s biggest names lived up to their star billing with dazzling displays.
With title-winning hat-tricks, Champions League semi-final volleys and star turns in the Premier League and Serie A just part of the story, the competition this week – based on performances from April 29 to May 4 – is fierce. Study our list of contenders, choose wisely and don’t forget to register your vote.
2021 AFC Champions League (West): The Stats Leaders
Kuala Lumpur: With the first stage of the 2021 AFC Champions League (West) concluded, the-AFC.com takes a closer look at the numbers that caught the eye following the six rounds of group stage fixtures.
From high-scoring forwards to those that create the goals and win the ball back, we shine the spotlight on the players whose statistics stood out as the continental competition got underway in West Asia.
Beijing: Beijing FC midfielder Jonathan Viera will be a major doubt for the club’s involvement in the group Stage of the 2021 AFC Champions League after suffering a serious knee injury in his side’s 2-0 win over Dalian Pro in the Chinese Super League.
The Spanish midfielder, a key part of the side that reached the quarter-finals of the 2020 edition of the competition in Qatar last year, suffered a medial collateral ligament injury as well as damage to his right knee cap following an on-field clash on Wednesday.
AFC Cup East Zone Group Stage matches to take place in June
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has agreed to the proposal by the Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) to reschedule the AFC Cup East Zone Group J matches, originally scheduled for May 14 to 20, to June 23 to 29, 2021.
After close consultation with the HKFA, the decision was confirmed, taking into consideration the ongoing challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and to allow more time to ensure the optimal delivery of the matches.
ASEAN Wrap: Western Sydney overcome city rivals in derby
Kuala Lumpur: Scott McDonald scored the decisive goal as Western Sydney Wanderers claimed bragging rights by defeating Sydney FC 3-2 on Saturday, while Melbourne City are now three points clear at the A-League summit after a 3-1 win over Newcastle Jets.
For the second successive week, Johor Darul Ta'zim failed to pick up all three points in Malaysia, allowing Kedah and Penang to close the gap, and the title race in Vietnam is heating up with just three points separating Hoang Anh Gia Lai and Viettel.
Join the-AFC.com as we review the best of the action from around Southeast Asia.