Li Tie turns to Guangzhou players to boost China PR's Asian Qualifiers hopes
Beijing: China PR national team head coach Li Tie has named a 26-man squad for his side’s final training camp ahead of the resumption of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
The China squad will enter into their camp in Suzhou on May 14 and Li has called Espanyol winger Wu Lei after the 29-year-old missed the last camp due to commitments with his Spanish club.
Sam Kerr, Mehdi Taremi, Son Heung-min and more: Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week!
Kuala Lumpur: League titles, hat-tricks and match-winning performances were on the menu as Asia’s overseas stars had another standout week outside the continent.
Sam Kerr sealed team and individual honours for Chelsea, Mehdi Taremi continued his brilliant debut season for Porto, while even a Tottenham defeat couldn’t prevent Son Heung-min from starring in the Premier League.
There were also dazzling displays from players in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Romania and Kazakhstan, but who was the week’s outstanding performer?
Study the contenders, based on performances from May 5 to 11, and cast your vote!
Dushanbe: The AFC Cup is back and bigger than ever, particularly in the Central Zone where seven clubs across two groups are set to battle for regional supremacy.
In the Dushanbe-based Group F, Uzbekistan’s Nasaf return for the first time since becoming the competition’s only Central Asian champions a decade ago, while FC Khujand, FC Alay and Altyn Asyr will continue their search for a continental breakthrough.
So, who are the stars, what are their stories and who is likely to join the winners of Group G in the knockout stage? Join the-AFC.com as we analyse the contenders.
Abu Dhabi: Al Jazira were crowned the new UAE Pro League champions after defeating Khor Fakkan 3-1 at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium on Tuesday.
Going into the tie in the driver's seat for the title, Marcel Keizer’s side made no mistakes as they won their third UAE Pro League title ahead of Baniyas, who were held 1-1 by Al Wahda FSCC in their final match as Al Jazira finished on 57 points.
Kobe: FIFA World Cup winning midfielder Andres Iniesta has extended his contract with J.League side Vissel Kobe for another two years, keeping the Spanish legend at the club until 2023.
The 37-year-old, who scored the winning goal when Spain defeated the Netherlands in the FIFA World Cup final in 2010, joined Vissel in 2018 after a stellar club career with Barcelona, which saw him win four UEFA Champions League titles and nine La Liga crowns.