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™.
Group F: Tajikistan cruise past Mongolia in Asian Qualifiers return
Dushanbe: Tajikistan kept their bid to qualify for the third round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 alive on Thursday, easing to a 3-0 win over Mongolia.
Goals from the star FC Istiklol duo of Manuchehr and Alisher Dzhalilov put Tajikistan within sight of victory, before substitute Shahrom Samiev put the result beyond doubt late on for Usmon Toshev’s side, who controlled the encounter from start to finish against a team ranked 70 places below them.
The result takes Tajikistan to second place in Group F, with their tally of 10 points from six matches leaving them two adrift of group leaders Japan, who hold two matches in hand, while Mongolia slumped to a fifth successive defeat in the section, with the debut of Ganbayar Ganbold one of their few highlights.
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.
Awer Mabil, Daichi Kamada, Musa Al Taamari and more: Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week!
Kuala Lumpur: Club football has stepped aside for the return of the international game, but several of Asia’s players outside the continent made sure they went into the break in peak form with a series of strong performances over the past week.
Hwang Ui-jo continued his superb form in front of goal in France, Awer Mabil delivered a three-assist masterclass in Denmark, and a trio of Japanese midfielders – Daichi Kamada, Junya Ito and Yui Hasegawa – starred all over Europe.
Throw in AFC International Player of the week returns for Musa Al Taamari, Nikita Rukavytsya and Aias Aosman, and there are plenty of fine contenders to choose from, so study our nominees, based on Performances from March 17 to 23, and don’t forget to cast your vote.