Iniesta-inspired Dimas out to defend Indonesian pride in Asian Qualifiers
Jakarta: Indonesia's Evan Dimas is all too aware that his team’s hopes of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 have already been extinguished. But AFC Asian Cup China 2023 qualification is still on the cards and a fresh approach means reason for optimism when action resumes next week.
With five straight losses, the Southeast Asians can no longer finish top two in a fascinating group which also features Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and United Arab Emirates. The disappointing results not only cost coach Simon McMenemy his job, but also dented the team's confidence.
The new boss in charge is none other than former Shin Tae-yong, who guided Korea Republic to a famous 2-0 defeat of world champions Germany at Russia 2018. With the memory of that amazing victory still fresh in mind, Dimas is hoping that Indonesia can produce similar heroics under Shin.
Preview - Group A: Guam in the way as China PR bid to keep Asian Qualifiers campaign on track
Suzhou: China PR have no room for error when they play Guam in Group A of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 on Sunday.
The clash at the Suzhou Olympic Center Stadium comes 18 months after the last ball was kicked in Group A as the COVID-19 pandemic halted the Asian Qualifiers, with China eight points behind leaders Syria.
Although China have a match in hand, their hopes of advancing to the third round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup depend on Syria dropping points in their remaining matches.
Moriyasu hails players after win over Myanmar takes Japan through to third round of Asian Qualifiers
Chiba: Hajime Moriyasu commended his players’ relentless approach after the Samurai Blue booked their place in the third round of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 with a thumping 10-0 win over Myanmar.
The Japanese also sealed their spot at the Finals of the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 as Group F winners with the victory, their sixth in a row in the current phase of qualifying, as Moriyasu’s side confirmed their progress to the next phase with two games remaining.
Dubai: The second round of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 finally returns in full flow after more than 18 months of inactivity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the United Arab Emirates playing hosts to Group G.
With all teams having played five matches already with the exception of the UAE, who have played four, the group featuring four Southeast Asian sides remains wide open, making for a tasty viewing over the next three weeks. The-AFC.com previews the upcoming action and the players to watch ahead of the Qualifiers’ resumption on June 3.
Suzhou: More than 18 months since the last ball was kicked in Group A of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023, the competition will resume on May 30 as the five sides get set to continue their campaigns in the Chinese city of Suzhou.
Syria currently lead the way with a hugely impressive five wins from five and they start as clear favourites to progress to the third round of qualifying, while the pressure is on hosts China PR who sit eight points back, level with the Philippines.
The Maldives still have aspirations of a top-two finish and Guam are seeking their first points of the campaign. Ahead of the opening game between China and Guam on Sunday, the-AFC.com takes a closer look at Group A.
Kuwait: The long wait is finally over, and Asia’s top men’s national teams are soon to resume their respective bids to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
It has been 18 long months since a ball was kicked in Group B – featuring, Australia, Kuwait, Jordan, Nepal and Chinese Taipei – and with a wait like that, one could be forgiven for needing a refresher course before the action resumes.
But fear not, the-AFC.com is here to bring you all need to know about the finely poised group, including a run-down on the venues and how the teams currently stand, plus we pick out a key man from each of the five sides.
Manama: After more than 18 months of inactivity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 returns.
Group C is among the most intriguing in the competition, with Iraq leading the way from Bahrain and five-time FIFA World Cup qualifiers the Islamic Republic of Iran sitting in third, with a crucial game in hand over the teams above them.
Here, the-AFC.com looks at the situation in the group as the five teams prepare to lock horns and pick out a key player to watch from each of the teams.