Azmoun, Son, Mabkhout and more: Vote for your Asian Qualifiers Player of the Month
Kuala Lumpur: For some, it was the month the Road to Qatar 2022 became decidedly precarious, and the continent’s star players pulled out all of the stops to keep their teams on track.
Some of Asia’s biggest names produced the heroics required to keep their respective nations’ FIFA World Cup dreams alive, and they were joined by new faces eager to leave a mark of their own.
An elite 12 teams remain in contention for a place at next year’s global showpiece, but which player played the biggest role in shaping their side’s destiny? Who was the outstanding player in Asia’s momentous month?
Kuala Lumpur: 12 teams in Asia are still in contention to qualify for the World Cup
Round 3 draw to take place on 1 July in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The path to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ has reached a pivotal stage in Asia. Twelve teams have qualified for the third round after a nearly two-year long journey in Round 2.
Group winners Syria (A), Australia (B), IR Iran (C), Saudi Arabia (D), Japan (F), United Arab Emirates (G) and Korea Republic (H) will be joined by the five best runners-up: China PR (A), Oman (E), Iraq (C), Vietnam (G) and Lebanon (H).
Qatar finished as winners of Group E, but as hosts have already qualified for the World Cup and will not participate in the next round of qualifying.
Uzbekistan power to CAFA U20 Women’s Championship title
Dushanbe: Uzbekistan have been crowned as Central Asia’s top women's youth national team, edging out Islamic Republic of Iran after a dramatic final day in the CAFA U20 Women’s Championship on Thursday.
Level on points going into the decisive Matchday, both Uzbekistan and IR Iran took three points from their respective matches, but it was Ilkham Khanjariev’s side who emerged victorious on goal difference.
'Better than ever' Marañón ready for historic 2021 AFC Champions League challenge
Tashkent: United City FC are set to make Philippines football history when the nation debuts in Asia's premium club competition, the AFC Champions League. The team's main source of goals, Bienvenido Marañón, will be aiming to make it an occasion to remember.
After falling at the final hurdle in the playoffs in back-to-back years, United City FC - then known as Ceres Negros - are finally set to make their AFC Champions League group stage debut, a landmark achievement for Filipino football.
The-AFC.com caught up exclusively with United City FC forward Marañón, the AFC Cup's all-time top scorer, ahead of the 2021 AFC Champions League kick off to discuss the Spain-born striker's preparations, their Group I opponents and his goals for the tournament.