Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has approved Qatar playing against teams in Group A of the European FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 2021 to allow the reigning AFC Asian Cup champions more international experience.
The move allows Qatar, who qualify automatically as hosts for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and therefore do not play in the AFC Asian Qualifiers Final Round, to continue their football development in preparation for the tournament and the arrangement has also been approved by both UEFA and FIFA.
“As Qatar has already qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup as hosts, UEFA has invited them to join with the teams of Group A to help their squad prepare for the tournament,” read a UEFA statement.
Suwon Samsung Bluewings in the way as Vissel Kobe seek to extend dream AFC Champions League run
Doha: Japan’s Vissel Kobe will be aiming to keep their dream AFC Champions League debut going when they take on Korea Republic’s Suwon Samsung Bluewings in the quarter-finals at Al Janoub Stadium on Thursday.
The two sides had met twice in the group stage with Kyogo Furuhashi’s added time strike winning the first leg for Vissel Kobe back in February and Suwon Samsung Bluewings responding with a 2-0 win on the final matchday that sealed their place in the knock-out stage at the expense of Guangzhou Evergrande.
Ulsan Hyundai FC, Beijing FC set for heavyweight AFC Champions League quarter-final clash
Doha: One of the AFC Champions League’s two remaining unbeaten records must come to an end when Ulsan Hyundai FC and Beijing FC face off in Thursday's quarter-final at the Al Janoub Stadium.
It looms a blockbuster battle worthy of a continental decider, but the clash between two of the East zone’s two most impressive outfits comes at the quarter-final stage, with one of the pair set to be abruptly eliminated.
AFC Champions League (East) – Quarter-finals: Forwards in Form
Doha: The 2020 AFC Champions League (East) has reached the business end of the campaign with just four teams remaining in the quest to join the Islamic Republic of Iran's Persepolis in the final on December 19.
Tuesday's quarter-final draw pitted Vissel Kobe against Suwon Samsung Bluewings while Beijing FC are to face Ulsan Hyundai in what promises to be a thrilling pair of match-ups on Thursday.
Ahead of the games, the-AFC.com has selected a forward from each side who could be the difference when it comes to securing a place in the 2020 AFC Champions League semi-finals.
AFC Champions League (EAST) Toyota Player of the Week: Kim Tae-hwan
Doha: Suwon Samsung Bluewings' Kim Tae-hwan has been voted by the fans as the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) Toyota Player of the Week after an excellent display in his side's come-from-behind 3-2 Round of 16 win over Yokohama F. Marinos as the K League 1 team advanced to the quarter-finals.
The midfielder, who amassed 50 percent of the fans' votes, drilled home Suwon's equaliser with a superb strike from outside the box just before the hour mark with his first goal of the campaign, He earned an 8.0 rating from Stats Perform – the AFC's official data provider.
Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week
Kuala Lumpur: In a season where many of Asia’s leading lights have shone bright, no seven-day period has featured as many outstanding performances as the one just completed.
In a week of hat-tricks and history, the continent’s international stars were in unstoppable form. This week’s 10 contenders produced a combined total of 15 goals, four assists and countless other highlights, with several other worthy candidates unlucky not to be nominated.
So just who was Asia’s best player outside the continent? Here are our perfect 10 from December 3 to 9.