Japan, Oman and UAE lead Asian charge at FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021
Moscow: Beach Soccer is back, with the world’s top teams touching down in Russia for this month’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.
Among the 16 contenders are Japan, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, the Asian teams fighting to end the best part of two decades of European and South American domination of the beach’s biggest prize.
So, as Moscow swaps Red Square for white sand, join the-AFC.com as we tell you all you need to know about the continent’s three contenders, their tournament pedigree and how they’ve prepared for the Beach Soccer’s post-pandemic party.
Son Heung-min, Kyogo Furuhashi and more – Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week
Kuala Lumpur: A new European football season is up and running, and some of Asia’s big names are already at the forefront after a series of outstanding performances.
Stars from Japan, Korea Republic, Islamic Republic of Iran and Australia are all featured in the first edition of the new season of our weekly look at Asia’s best performers outside the continent, with our 10 nominees combining for nine goals between them.
Study our list of contenders – based on matches from August 11 to 17 – and don’t forget to cast your vote.
Vote for your best 2021 AFC Champions League Group Stage Team: Defenders
Kuala Lumpur: The return of the 2021 AFC Champions League is just a month away, but before this season's Continental campaign resumes, the-AFC.com continues its quest to find out who the fans consider the Best XI from this year's Group Stage.
Last week we presented the candidates for the 2021 Group Stage's best goalkeeper, and now we shine the spotlight on the players who will make up the backline.
So, here are the 12 players in contention for the four places in defence. Review the nominees and then choose your favourite defenders for this all-star XI in the respective polls.
Malaysia’s Tan planning to expose new players ahead of AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Qualifiers
Kuala Lumpur: Head coach Tan Cheng Hoe is looking to expose new players as Malaysia kick off their preparations for the AFF Cup scheduled in December and next year's final round of AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Qualifiers.
Tan will call up several fresh faces for centralised training during the FIFA international window on Oct 4-12, with international friendly matches also planned.
Group D: Bashundhara Kings defeat Maziya to signal AFC Cup intent
Male: Bangladesh champions Bashundhara Kings made a winning start to their 2021 AFC Cup campaign, easing to a 2-0 win over Maziya Sports & Recreation Club of the Maldives in their opening Group D clash on Wednesday.
An own goal from Maziya skipper Mohamed Irufaan broke the deadlock before classy winger Robinho doubled the tally before half-time as Bashundhara joined India's ATK Mohun Bagan at the top of the group standings.
Returning to the continental stage after their AFC Cup debut fell victim to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Bashundhara will advance to the knockout stage as South Zone winners should they win their two remaining matches in the group over the next week.