Iraq's Ali Adnan looking forward to unique FIFA World Cup experience in 2022
Doha: Ali Adnan, one of Iraq’s most successful footballing exports, is no stranger to breaking new ground during his career.
The attack-minded left-back became the first Iraqi player to play in Italy’s Serie A when he signed for Udinese in 2015. The 26-year-old then created more history when he moved to North America to play for Vancouver Whitecaps in 2019. By joining the Canadian outfit, Adnan became the first Iraqi-born player to appear in Major League Soccer.
Having set these unique milestones, the Iraqi international is well positioned to provide insight on the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and the impact it will have on the region he calls home.
Adnan took time from his busy schedule with the Whitecaps to speak to qatar2022.qa about the first World Cup that will be played in the Middle East and Arab world, as well as his hopes to lead his country – known as the Lions of Mesopotamia – to their first FIFA World Cup Finals appearance since 1986.
Tajikistan veteran Fatkhulloev joins Chennaiyin FC
Chennai: Indian Super League outfit Chennaiyin FC have added one of Central Asia’s most experienced international players to their ranks, with Tajikistan’s Fatkhulo Fatkhulloev joining on a free transfer.
Tajikistan’s most capped international with 68 appearances, Fatkhulloev joins Csaba László’s side on a one-season deal from Tajikistan League runners-up FC Khujand.
Tokyo: The WE League – Japan’s professional women’s league – has approved the membership of 11 founding clubs ahead of the inaugural 2021-22 season, it was announced on Thursday.
The 11 successful teams - seven of which are linked to professional men’s clubs - came from an initial list of 17 applicants, with the final number of members exceeding initial expectations of between six and 10 teams in the league’s first season.
The most successful club from the existing Nadeshiko League, 17-time national champions Nippon TV Tokyo Verdy Beleza, are among the approved WE League members, as are three-time title winners INAC Kobe Leonessa and Urawa Red Diamonds.
Also are included are women’s teams affiliated with professional men’s outfits Mynavi Sendai, JEF United Chiba, AC Parceiro Nagano and Albirex Niigata, with Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Omiya Adrija – who will absorb second-tier FC Jumonji Ventus - to launch new sides.
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Cup Bracket Challenge is firing through the goals and the years, and today the-AFC.com takes you back to the 2018 edition, where there were numerous memorable moments.
Indeed, records fell in 2018 as the AFC Cup's biggest crowd was recorded in Indonesia and Iraq's Air Force Club claimed an unprecedented third title in a row, while the goals flowed from start to finish.
Kuala Lumpur: With a handful of Asia’s top national sides in action for the first time in 2020, attention this week has turned to the international game, where some of the continent’s biggest names reminded us of what we’ve been missing.
In a departure from our usual weekly poll, we’ve narrowed down the best performers from the various international matches featuring Asian sides over the last week, now it’s up to you to decide who was Asia’s standout player over the international break.