Excitement builds following host city and stadium reveal
Zurich: Ten stadiums across nine cities were revealed on Wednesday as Australia and New Zealand prepare to welcome the world for the biggest football tournament ever to be staged in the region.
From the Opening Match at Auckland’s Eden Park, host to many of New Zealand’s great sporting moments, all the way through to the Final at Sydney’s Stadium Australia, site of the 2000 Olympic Games, the venues will offer a broad taste of the best of Down Under.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ Host Cities and Stadiums announced
Zurich: The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ took an important and exciting step on Wednesday with the announcement of the nine Host Cities and 10 stadiums in Australia and New Zealand that will host matches during the tournament.
With just over two years to go until some of the best players in the world take to the field in Australia and New Zealand, the Host City announcement represents a major milestone for many football fans and players around the world, as well as in the preparations for the next FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023 – which will be the first-ever co-hosted FIFA Women’s World Cup and the first edition to feature 32 teams.
Kerr’s UEFA Champions League heroics cap stellar week for Asia’s stars
Budapest: Sam Kerr’s seventh goal in her last five matches helped Chelsea advance to the UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday, rounding out an outstanding week for Asian women’s stars in Europe.
Australia’s Kerr scored the second goal in a 3-0 second leg win for the English champions, for whom Korea Republic’s Ji So-yun played a late cameo role, as they romped to a 5-1 aggregate victory over 2019-2020 runners-up VfL Wolfsburg.
In addition to setting up a semi-final clash with either Bayern Munich or FC Rosengård later this month, the result was the latest success for Asia’s Europe-based contingent, who have starred in a range of competitions throughout the past week.
Hong Kong: Hong Kong international Alex Akande has re-signed for 2021 AFC Champions League contenders Kitchee SC.
The 32-year-old has returned to the Hong Kong Premier League champions for a third stint after he was released by Chinese Super League side Dalian Pro.
The Nigeria-born striker first signed for Kitchee from Eastern in 2009 and spent a season with the club before joining Tai Chung. He returned to Kitchee for a second spell in 2013 before signing for Chinese side Yanbian Funde in 2018.
Manila: United City FC from the Philippines have announced Jason Withe has joined the club’s coaching staff ahead of their 2021 AFC Champions League campaign.
Withe, who won the Thai league title with BEC Tero Sasana and previously coached Singapore’s Home United (now known as Lion City Sailors), will work together with Philippines Football League-winning coach Frank Muescan and player-coach Stephan Schrock.