Dubai: "Taking part in a World Cup is every player’s dream. All of us in the team dream of pulling on the Emirati jersey there,” said United Arab Emirates' Ali Mabkhout during the qualifying campaign for Russia 2018.
As it turned out, however, Al-Abyad failed to make the 2018 Finals after placing fourth in their group in the final round of the Asian Qualifiers. Registering only four wins in their 10 matches, they failed to add to their solitary FIFA World Cup appearance, which came at Italy 1990.
Despite the disappointing outcome, the forward, now 29, at least made his mark in that qualifying campaign, finishing it as UAE’s second-highest scorer behind Ahmed Khalil with nine goals in total, four of them coming in that final round.
Kuala Lumpur: The fans' best XI of the 2017 AFC Champions League was decided last week, so now the-AFC.com turns to the next chapter of the Continent's most prestigious club tournament, the 2018 edition, to determine the top 11 players.
To select the candidates for each position, we have reflected on match data from the tournament to draw up a statistics-based approach to present the outstanding performers.
We begin with five candidates for the all-important number one shirt. Review the nominees and then choose your favourite goalkeeper to helm the rearguard for this all-star XI in the poll below.
Kuala Lumpur: It's that time of the week when the-AFC.com brings you some fabulous goals from years gone by and, staying with the AFC Cup, our latest offering looks at curlers.
We shine the '5 of the Best' spotlight on a handful of aesthetically pleasing curling efforts that have sailed beyond outstretched goalkeepers and into the back of the net. Once you've reviewed our trip down memory lane, don;t forget to vote for your favourite at the bottom of the article!
Sydney: As the A-League gets set to resume in the coming days, we continue our series reviewing the most popular clubs in Asia, this week shifting the focus to Australia.
After launching in 2005-06, the A-League has been graced by world-renowned Australian internationals and attracted some huge names from across the globe, while the country can also point to success in the AFC Champions League.
Below are five candidates, based on their domestic and Continental success, for Australia's most popular club. Review the teams and select your favourite in the poll at the foot of the article.
Kuala Lumpur: They are the goals that made entire nations roar. The goals that turned dreams into reality. The goals we’ll never forget.
Over the last two weeks, Asia’s football fans have come together to celebrate the continent’s outstanding FIFA World Cup goals
Tens of thousands of football lovers voted them in, now, which goal will emerge from the Final as Asia’s greatest? From an initial list of 20 semi-finalists, 10 special goals remain, and the choice is in your hands.
As we marvel at some of Asia’s all-time greats, and their unforgettable moments on the biggest stage of all, make sure to cast your vote.