Munich: Former AFC Women’s Player of the Year Saki Kumagai has confirmed she will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the current season.
The 32-year-old, who was crowned Asia’s leading female player in 2019, revealed on social media that she planned to leave the Bavarian outfit following Sunday’s game against Potsdam after two seasons with the club.
Beijing: AFC Women’s Asian Cup™ winning goalkeeper Zhao Lina of China PR has announced she will retire from football with immediate effect on her personal social media page on Friday.
The 31-year-old, who was a member of the squad that clinched the continental title in India last year, made the announcement with three months to go to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Kuala Lumpur: Asia's six representatives were all in action during the International Break as they ramped up their preparations for the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023.
While the Philippines and Vietnam contested in Round 1 of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Paris 2024 Asian Qualifiers, Australia, China PR, Japan and Korea Republic were involved in friendlies.
With less than a hundred days to go the FIFA Women's World Cup, the-AFC.com takes a look at what Asia's representatives can take back from the international break.
Wins for Japan, Korea Republic; China PR held; Australia denied
Seoul: Japan and Korea Republic both came from behind to defeat Portugal and Zambia respectively in international women's friendly matches on Friday.
Australia suffered a 1-0 defeat to Scotland while China PR played to a 0-0 draw with Switzerland as the Asian sides continued their preparations for the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023.
Asian hopefuls set for challenging tests in friendlies
Kuala Lumpur: Four of Asia's six FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 representatives will test themselves in friendlies against quality opposition in the coming days.
While Philippines and Vietnam are involved in the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Paris 2024™ Asian Qualifiers Round 1, Australia, China PR, Japan and Korea Republic will each play two friendlies as they continue preparing for the July-August global showpiece.
Seoul: Colin Bell's contract as head coach of the Korea Republic women's national team has been extended till December 2024.
The Englishman's current deal was set to expire after the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023.
Under the new contract, Bell will also serve as an adviser for the various women's national teams and will hold regular meetings with youth national team coaches, the Korea Football Association said in a statement.
Hasegawa: Japan's 2011 champions made me dream of winning World Cup
Manchester: Yui Hasegawa has revealed that seeing Japan create history by lifting the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup instilled a burning desire in her to one day play in – and win – the tournament.
Having won numerous titles with Japan at both junior and senior level, Hasegawa achieved the first part of that dream by appearing in – and scoring at – the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France as she developed into an integral part of the Nadeshiko side after making her debut in 2017.
Newcastle: Striker Caitlin Foord got on the scoresheet as Australia beat Jamaica 3-0 on Wednesday to stretch their win streak to seven in an ideal build-up to the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 on home soil this year.
The victory at Newcastle, north of Sydney, ensured they won the four-team Cup of Nations - a dress rehearsal for the showpiece tournament in Australia and New Zealand in July-August.
Sam Kerr's side - who face Ireland, Nigeria and Canada in World Cup Group B - also beat Spain 3-2 and the Czech Republic 4-0.
Sydney: A Sam Kerr-led Australia beat powerhouse Spain 3-2 on Sunday in a big confidence boost ahead of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 on home soil, stretching their unbeaten streak to six games.
The two sides are both seen as contenders at the showpiece tournament in Australia and New Zealand in July-August, with the ongoing four-team Cup of Nations in Sydney and its surrounds being used as a dress rehearsal.
Cortnee Vine, Clare Polkinghorne and Arsenal star Caitlin Foord all scored in a blistering first half before Olga Carmona and Alba Redondo pulled goals back for Spain in the second stanza.
The Czech Republic earlier beat Jamaica 3-2 at the same Sydney stadium, thanks to a last-gasp winner from substitute Alena Peckova.
Playoff: Penalties heartbreak for Chinese Taipei against Paraguay
Hamilton: Chinese Taipei lost 4-2 on penalties to Paraguay in the Inter-Confederation playoffs, ending their hopes of reaching the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023.
Chinese Taipei took a two-goal lead with Paraguay coming from behind to draw level to force the game to penalties, before coming out on top in the shootout to earn their place in the Group C final against Papua New Guinea or Panama.