Asian Playoff - 1st Leg: Thailand seal hefty advantage against Iraq
Khor Fakkan: Thailand took a step closer to securing their place in the FIFA Futsal World Cup following a 7-2 win over Iraq in the AFC Playoffs on Thursday.
Kritsada Wongkaeo and Jirawat Sornwichian starred for Thailand in an emphatic victory at the Khor Fakkan Futsal Club Hall in the United Arab Emirates, leaving Iraq with an uphill task going into the return leg on Tuesday.
Kuala Lumpur: With the West Asia Zone of the 2021 AFC Cup set to kick off on Friday, the-AFC.com reflects on some of the stand-out matches from the region's recent history.
Since 2017, the AFC Cup has been regionalised into a Zonal system and, to celebrate the fifth edition of the competition's restructure, we look back at the last four tournaments and highlight one memorable match from each year of the West Zone ahead of its return on May 21.
Theerathon pulls out of Thailand's Asian Qualifiers campaign
Kuala Lumpur: Yokohama F Marinos defender Theerathon Bunmathan has withdrawn from Thailand’s squad for the upcoming resumption of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and the AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
The Football Association of Thailand confirmed the 31-year-old full-back had pulled out on social media on Wednesday, citing the requirement to complete a compulsory 14-day quarantine period upon his return to Japan upon the conclusion of qualifying as the reason.
Kuala Lumpur: The West Asia side of the AFC Cup has provided many moments of magic and stunning strikes to savour and, with the 2021 campaign kicking off on Friday, we review some of the best.
From terrific team goals to amazing acrobatics and fantastic free-kicks, the West Asian clubs have more than contributed their share of memorable AFC Cup highlights.
The-AFC.com turns the clock back to recollect five outstanding entries to the competition's collection ahead of the 2021 AFC Cup's West Zone kick-off on May 21. Don't forget to vote for your favourite at the bottom of the article!
Shomurodov, Bala Devi and four Japanese stars: Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week!
Kuala Lumpur: Super subs, long-range wondergoals and relegation-defying late winners were all on the menu as Asia’s overseas stars enjoyed another bumper week outside of the continent.
Eldor Shomurodov and Maya Yoshida starred in Italy, while Takefusa Kubo made a major impact in Spain and women’s stars from Asia’s two most popular countries made memorable contributions on opposite sides of the globe.
But who deserves this week’s crown? Study our shortlist – based on performances from May 12 to 18 – and cast your vote.