Sousa: Bahrain ready for continent's best in Asian Qualifiers
Manama: Head coach Helio Sousa wants Bahrain to build on their success of 2019 as the West Asians prepare for the resumption of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
Bahrain emerged champions in the 2019 WAFF Championship and Gulf Cup and defeated Islamic Republic of Iran in Group C of the Asian Qualifiers to sit second in the standings before football was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
And with the Asian Qualifiers set to resume in June, Sousa believes their group rivals view the Reds in a different light, and that his side now hold an edge over their opponents.
Taremi, Shomurodov, Lee Kang-in and more: Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week!
Kuala Lumpur: Goals against Bayern Munich, Juventus and Chelsea were just the beginning as Asian players outside the continent excelled throughout the course of the last week.
Mehdi Taremi took his dream run to the UEFA Champions League, Daichi Kamada brought down the world champions, and Takumi Minamino, Eldor Shomurodov and Takuma Asano were in goal-scoring form as the cream of the continent starred for their respective clubs.
But who was the standout performer? Peruse our 10-player shortlist based on performances from February 18 to 24, and don’t forget to cast your vote.
There are no women players among this week’s nominees due to the FIFA International Window.
Kuala Lumpur: The 2021 AFC Champions League is set to be a thrilling affair with the continent's premier club competition expanded to 40 teams.
As the kick-off date for the historic 2021 edition approaches, the-AFC.com looks back at the 2020 tournament which turned out to be a thrilling affair despite the challenging circumstances.
We kicked off the series in style, with fans voting Persepolis FC's Mehdi Abdi Qara as the winner of Best Headers of 2020. Our next installment looks at the fabulous goals scored from free-kicks and invite you, the fan, to tell us which was your favourite.
New Delhi: India are looking forward to their international friendlies against Oman and United Arab Emirates next month ahead of the resumption of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
The Blue Tigers, who are in Group E of the Asian Qualifiers, will assemble in a preparatory camp in Dubai on March 15 before taking on Oman on March 25 and UAE four days later.
Japan's Masahiro Shimoda takes charge of Saigon FC
Saigon: Vietnam's Saigon FC have appointed Japanese Masahiro Shimoda as head coach ahead of their 2021 AFC Cup campaign.
Shimoda, a former professional player, will lead Saigon in Group H of the 2021 AFC Cup, as well as the V.League 1, which is set to resume next month after it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.