UAE’s Mabkhout, Lima, Matar to miss ties against Syria and IR Iran
Dubai: United Arab Emirates’ all-time top scorer Ali Mabkhout, Fabio Lima and Ismail Matar were all left out from the United Arab Emirates squad for their AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar matches against Syria and Islamic Republic of Iran.
The 31-year-old Mabkhout, who is the leading scorer in the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar, has missed the last seven matches for UAE Pro League side Al Jazira after suffering a muscle injury in the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup.
AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ stadium in Chengdu marks its debut
Chengdu: The Chengdu Phoenix Hill Stadium, one of the 10 venues of the AFC Asian Cup China 2023™, was successfully unveiled during the final of the Chinese Football Association (CFA) Cup 2021, which saw Shandong Taishan defeat Shanghai Port 1-0 to claim the coveted domestic crown on Sunday.
The thrilling final marked a significant milestone for the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the AFC Asian Cup China 2023™, which will be aiming to hosts all the matches of Asia’s premier men’s national team competition in football specific stadiums.
Kuala Lumpur: It has been seven years since the AFC Asian Cup travelled down under for the first time, with Australia welcoming Asia a decade after joining the AFC, and it was by all measures a historic tournament.
Five venues across the cities of Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle and Sydney hosted the games with the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium hosting the opening match and Stadium Australia in Sydney hosting the final.
Kuala Lumpur: January 7th marks 11 years since the 2011 AFC Asian Cup kicked off in the Qatari capital Doha. A tournament that concluded 22 days later with Japan picking up a record fourth continental title.
Hosted in five stadiums, two of which are set to host games in the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the-AFC.com takes a stroll down memory lane for one of the most exciting editions in AFC Asian Cup history.
Four years after the unique experience of hosting the 2007 AFC Asian Cup in four countries for the first time in the competition’s history, eyes turned to the west of the continent with Qatar playing hosts to Asia’s top national teams’ competition for the second time in their history after 1988.
Iraq arrived in Doha as reigning champions, while Saudi Arabia and Japan were eager to establish advantage in the race to dominate the continent, having won three AFC Asian Cup titles each. And while there were no debutants, the 2011 edition saw the return of India for the first time since 1984, DPR Korea for the first time since 1992 and Syria who had been absent since 1996.
Tatsuma Yoshida steps down as Singapore national team coach
Singapore: The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) announced on Tuesday that Maya Yoshida, by mutual agreement, will step down as head coach of the Lions on December 31 in order to return home to Japan and be with his family during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 47-year old Yoshida leaves after 30 months in charge, having just guided Singapore to the 2020 AFF Cup semi-finals..
Seoul: Korea Republic will play friendlies against Iceland and Moldova in Turkey as Paulo Bento’s squad prepare for their next matches in the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar in January and February.
Bento named a 26-man squad featuring Asia-based players for the games, which will be played in Atalya. The Taeguk Warriors meet Iceland on January 15 before facing the Moldovans six days later.
Beijing: Li Tie has resigned as head coach of the China PR national team and been replaced by former Shandong Luneng coach Li Xiaopeng, the Chinese Football Association announced on Friday.
China PR are currently in fifth place in Group B of AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar with five points from their opening six games and 11 points behind leaders Saudi Arabia, having won just once since the start of the final phase of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 preliminaries.