AFC and Member Associations underline commitment to complete 2020 club competitions
Kuala Lumpur: Competing Member Associations (MA) all agreed the central principle of finding the best way to complete the remaining AFC Champions League season in 2020 in two online meetings held on Wednesday by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
The MAs representing Australia, China PR, Japan, Korea Republic, Malaysia and Thailand in the East Zone and Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan in the West Zone also committed to agreeing a format and timetable for the 99 remaining games as soon as possible.
Recognising the travel and medical restrictions, which differ across the Continent, the AFC proposed a series of options for concluding the AFC Champions League before the start of the scheduled FIFA Club World Cup to be held in Qatar in December.
Following comments by the representatives in the meetings, the AFC will present the format and the dates of the club competitions for the final review, after which the proposal will be submitted to the AFC Competitions Committee for their approval.
Son: Military service was special, I've missed everyone
London: Son Heung-min made some new friends while serving his nation in Korea Republic but he’s delighted to now be back alongside his Tottenham Hotspur comrades as they prepare for the Premier League season to resume.
Having undergone surgery to repair a fractured right arm in the wake of the 3-2 win at Aston Villa on February 16, where he sensationally scored a last-gasp winner despite carrying the injury, the flying forward returned to his home country during lockdown and completed his mandatory three-week military service in April.
Tokyo: Japanese women’s football took a major step towards full professionalism with Wednesday’s unveiling of WE League, which will replace the Nadeshiko League as the top tier of the women’s game when it kicks off in 2021.
The Japan Football Assocation (JFA) hopes the WE League – pronounced ‘we’, based on the acronym for ‘women’s empowerment’ – will feature between six and 10 teams in its inaugural season, running from the Japanese autumn to the following May.
Asian Classics: Bahrain v Saudi Arabia (2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers)
Kuala Lumpur: Football tends to offer a lot in the way of dramatic endings. Round five of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers gave us just that when Bahrain and Saudi Arabia faced-off with a place in the Intercontinental Play-off at stake.
New Zealand, triumphant in the OFC Qualifiers, awaited the winners between 2007 AFC Asian Cup runners-up Saudi Arabia and their neighbours Bahrain who had come within a whisker of reaching the FIFA World Cup in their previous attempt four years earlier.