Former Colombia, Costa Rica boss Pinto to coach UAE
Dubai: Jorge Luis Pinto, best known for leading Costa Rica to the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals, is set to take over the United Arab Emirates national team, it was announced on Monday.
The 67-year-old Colombian will sign a two-year deal which would lead up to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Finals, local media reported after the United Arab Emirates Football Association said the deal had been given a green light.
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.
Asian Classics: Al Owairan recalls taking on the world
Riyadh: Not since DPR Korea's iconic victory over Italy in 1966 had an Asian side beaten a European one at a FIFA World Cup, but when Saeed Al Owairan's Saudi Arabia took on Belgium on June 29, 1994 something extraordinary happened.
While the West Asian nation had already made a name for themselves at the continental level, with two AFC Asian Cup titles in 1984 and 1988, they were largely considered minnows making their debut on the international stage, with a first FIFA World Cup appearance.
Tokyo: Japan is one of the heavyweights of the Continental game, as are its clubs with several Asian championships to their name.
As a continuation of our series that has seen the most popular clubs reviewed in West Asia, we now turn to the eastern side of the Continent with the upcoming resumption of the J.League the perfect opportunity to ask you, the Asian football fans, to decide the most popular club side from Japan.
Kuala Lumpur: The 2017 AFC Champions League boasted an array of fine attacking talents with some world class performers gracing Asia's most prestigious club competition and a prolific Syrian rising to prominence.
After deciding the top goalkeeper, the best defence in front of him and the playmakers in midfield, we have eight players of our 2017 AFC Champions League Best XI confirmed, so now it's time to complete the jigsaw by voting for the men to lead the line up front.
So, without further ado, here are the eight players in contention for the three places in attack. Review the nominees and then choose your favourites for this all-star XI in the poll below.
Kuala Lumpur: When Andrey Sidorov struck in the final minute of extra-time to help Uzbekistan seal the AFC U23 Championship China 2018 title, it capped a truly remarkable campaign by the Central Asian nation.
The victory was, in truth, just rewards for a side that – after an initial wobble – rarely looked back. A richly deserved trophy for a team which played attacking, expansive football, for players who all skipped to the same beat. Players who were united by their desire to succeed.