AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Focus on Japan
Kuala Lumpur: The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the start of the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar by a year, but the battle for one of the four guaranteed berths at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will ramp up in September when the continent’s 12 leading nations battle for a spot at the finals.
While AFC Asian Cup holders Qatar have already claimed a place as the FIFA World Cup hosts, the top two nations in each of the continent’s two qualifying groups will also advance to the Finals while the third-placed finishers will enter into a playoff to potentially claim a further spot for Asia.
Here we take a look at the prospects of Japan, the top seeds in Group B and habitual qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Focus on Vietnam
Kuala Lumpur: Well over two years since the start of the Asian Qualifiers, interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are down to 12 teams competing for four direct tickets to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
The-AFC.com dives deep into the 12 nations who will be taking part in the upcoming AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar assessing and analysing the key men, highlighting the history, and giving a general insight into the teams battling out for a place at Qatar 2022.
New on this stage of the Asian Qualifiers, Southeast Asia's reigning regional champions Vietnam are set to make their bow, but will do so replete with some of the most exciting young talents from ASEAN.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Focus on Oman
Kuala Lumpur: The battle to be one of Asia’s representatives at the FIFA World Cup 2022 resumes on Thursday with four direct spots available for teams in the two groups of the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar.
The-AFC.com previews the sides still standing as the pick of the continent’s national teams vie for a place in Qatar next year.
While some teams come into the final stage of the Qualifiers with a history of reaching multiple World Cups, Oman are only at this stage for the third time in their history after 2002 and 2014.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Focus on China PR
Kuala Lumpur: After a lengthy delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar begin next week, with China PR taking to the field against Australia and Japan in their opening two fixtures in Doha as Li Tie’s team attempt to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
The Chinese have not appeared at the FIFA World Cup since securing their one and only spot at the Finals, in 2002, but, after being drawn in a challenging Group B, coach Li Tie will be hoping to overcome the odds to end the country’s two decade hoodoo.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Focus on Saudi Arabia
Kuala Lumpur: Well over two years since the start of the Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar, interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are down to 12 teams competing for four direct tickets to the FIFA World Cup 2022.
As the third round of the Asian Qualifiers gets underway in a few days’ time, the-AFC.com profiles each of the 12 teams in the two groups in terms of history and key players.
Giants of Asian football on all levels, Saudi Arabia returned to the FIFA World Cup in 2018 after an absence of 12 years and will be hoping to make it back-to-back appearances for the first time since qualifying for 2002 and 2006.
AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar: Focus on
Kuala Lumpur: The final lap on the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar is about to begin for 12 of Asia’s best national teams, with the action to kick off on September 2.
With four direct qualification spots up for grabs, and the continent’s top players and coaches going all out to turn their dreams into reality, join us as we preview the contenders.
Here we examine Australia, the now-habitual FIFA World Cup participants who overcame a range of difficulties to establish a perfect record in their qualifying campaign thus far, but who will need to stare down all new challenges in order to keep it.