Japan's Akaguma determined to deliver in FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup final against RFU
Moscow: Following his instrumental display in Japan's 5-2 win over Senegal in the semi-final, Takuya Akaguma is firmly focused on Sunday’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021 final against Russian Football Union (RFU) at the Luzhniki Beach Soccer Arena.
Akaguma netted a hat-trick against Senegal to power Japan to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup final for the first time, having never finished higher than fourth before.
The Japanese side will have another go against FRU in a rematch of their Group A encounter which the hosts had won 7-1.
Vote for your best 2021 AFC Champions League Group Stage Team: Forwards
Kuala Lumpur: As football lovers across Asia look forward to the return of the 2021 AFC Champions League, the-AFC.com continues its quest to find out who the fans consider the Best XI from this year's Group Stage.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Focus on Oman
Kuala Lumpur: The battle to be one of Asia’s representatives at the FIFA World Cup 2022 resumes on Thursday with four direct spots available for teams in the two groups of the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar.
The-AFC.com previews the sides still standing as the pick of the continent’s national teams vie for a place in Qatar next year.
While some teams come into the final stage of the Qualifiers with a history of reaching multiple World Cups, Oman are only at this stage for the third time in their history after 2002 and 2014.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Focus on Syria
Kuala Lumpur: Twelve of Asia’s finest national teams are gearing up for the start of the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar on Thursday with four direct spots in the 2022 FIFA World Cup up for grabs.
Through this series of articles, the-AFC.com analyses each of the 12 sides ready to take the next step in the journey towards the global showpiece.
For Syria, this is a dream they have came so close to achieving in the past, but without success so far. Can this be the year the Qasioun Eagles finally make it?
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Focus on China PR
Kuala Lumpur: After a lengthy delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar begin next week, with China PR taking to the field against Australia and Japan in their opening two fixtures in Doha as Li Tie’s team attempt to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
The Chinese have not appeared at the FIFA World Cup since securing their one and only spot at the Finals, in 2002, but, after being drawn in a challenging Group B, coach Li Tie will be hoping to overcome the odds to end the country’s two decade hoodoo.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Focus on Iraq
Kuala Lumpur: The race to be one of Asia’s representatives at the FIFA World Cup 2022 resumes on Thursday with 12 teams competing for four direct spots from the two groups of the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar.
The-AFC.com looks at each of the teams still standing in a journey that started two years ago and was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic which delayed the proceedings by a year.
Group A will provide Iraq with the latest challenge as they pursue a return to the FIFA World Cup for the second time after Mexico 1986.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Focus on Saudi Arabia
Kuala Lumpur: Well over two years since the start of the Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar, interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are down to 12 teams competing for four direct tickets to the FIFA World Cup 2022.
As the third round of the Asian Qualifiers gets underway in a few days’ time, the-AFC.com profiles each of the 12 teams in the two groups in terms of history and key players.
Giants of Asian football on all levels, Saudi Arabia returned to the FIFA World Cup in 2018 after an absence of 12 years and will be hoping to make it back-to-back appearances for the first time since qualifying for 2002 and 2006.