Beirut: The word ‘impossible’ is not one you will find in Osama Omari's dictionary. The talented midfielder aspires to lead Syria to their maiden FIFA World Cup in two years’ time in Qatar, the country where he plays his club football with Al-Kharaitiyat.
Omari and his teammates are determined to emulate and, hopefully, eclipse their performance from the Asian Qualifiers for Russia 2018, when they managed to make the play-off only to lose to Australia.
After a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Malaysia, Syria moved tantalisingly close to an Intercontinental play-off berth when Omar Al Somah gave Ayman Hakeem’s charges the lead. However, a brace from Socceroo legend Tim Cahill shattered Syria’s dreams and secured his side a 3-2 aggregate win and a showdown with Honduras.
Expert’s View: Asia’s Greatest English Premier League Players
Kuala Lumpur: Fans have voted in their tens of thousands for their favourite Asian export to Germany, but now it's time to look at the Continental pioneers who shone in arguably the world's most popular league: the English Premier League.
To help us get more of an insight into the impact these famous Asian players have had, we enlisted the expert opinion of Dominic Fifield, Senior Writer at The Athletic, who previously spent 20 years covering English football at The Guardian newspaper.
So, just who is Asia’s greatest Premier League player? Fifield gives us his perspective.
Kuala Lumpur: It's hard to beat the feeling of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat at the very last, and this week's '5 of the Best' highlights some of the most dramatic climaxes ever seen in the AFC Champions League.
From elation in Osaka to joy in Jeddah and fantastic finishes in Dubai, Sydney and Tehran, our latest edition shines the spotlight on the magical moments that help make the beautiful game the most watched sport in the world.
Kuala Lumpur: So much of a club, city or country's history can be depicted within the small emblem normally seen in the top left of a football jersey, and in our latest edition of 'The Story Behind' we take another look at the fascinating tales of the team badges of six more sides from across Asia.
From the United Arab Emirates in the West to Japan in the East, with a number of stop-offs in between, here's the-AFC.com's selection of six clubs with interesting stories behind the badges that they proudly display on their chests.