Magical Moments: Japan’s 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup glory
Kuala Lumpur: When it comes to global triumphs, few have been more emotive than Japan’s thrilling defeat of the United States of America in the final of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
While Saki Kumagai’s winning penalty in a tense shootout sparked scenes of incredible joy in Frankfurt, those celebrating were just as quick to reflect on the thousands of lives lost just over three months earlier when a deadly earthquake and tsunami rocked the north-eastern coast of Japan.
Kuala Lumpur: It's hard to beat the feeling of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat at the very last, and this week's '5 of the Best' highlights some of the most dramatic climaxes ever seen in the AFC Cup.
From scenes in Singapore to joy in Jakarta and incredible climaxes in Guwahati, Hisor and Al Wakrah, our latest edition shines the spotlight on the magical moments that help make the beautiful game the most watched sport in the world.
Teams, star players, coaches: All you need to know about J1 League 2020
Kuala Lumpur: The Japanese J.League has produced finalists in each of the past three editions of the AFC
Champions League, with Kashima Antlers’ 2018 triumph sandwiched between Urawa Red Diamonds lifting the trophy in 2017 and finishing as runners-up in 2019.
As well as developing a growing list of domestic stars, the league is also home to some of the biggest names in Asian and world football, and with just one round of the 2020 season played before the enforced COVID-19 break, the-AFC.com runs the rule over this year’s participants ahead of the restart on Saturday.
Tokyo: Kumi Yokoyama was a mere 16 years old when she dribbled past six Korea DPR players in the semi-finals of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Trinidad and Tobago 2010 to score one of the greatest goals in the history of women’s football.
Her stunning solo effort earned her the FIFA Puskás Award that same year and marked the emergence of a player whose talent has continued to blossom ever since.
“It was a miracle goal and I wouldn’t have got where I am today without it,” the Japanese forward told FIFA.com. “It generated a lot of expectation and put a lot of pressure on my shoulders, but I learned a lot from it. The experience I’ve gained has helped me overcome the obstacles I’ve faced.”
Vote for your best Asian team at the FIFA World Cup: Forwards
Kuala Lumpur: With international football not set to return until later in the year, the-AFC.com continues its look back at some of Asia's greatest performers at the FIFA World Cup and asks you, the fans, to vote for the Best XI.
Kuala Lumpur: The 2017 AFC Champions League boasted an array of fine attacking talents with some world class performers gracing Asia's most prestigious club competition and a prolific Syrian rising to prominence.
After deciding the top goalkeeper, the best defence in front of him and the playmakers in midfield, we have eight players of our 2017 AFC Champions League Best XI confirmed, so now it's time to complete the jigsaw by voting for the men to lead the line up front.
So, without further ado, here are the eight players in contention for the three places in attack. Review the nominees and then choose your favourites for this all-star XI in the poll below.