Asian Classics: Troussier on Japan's 2002 FIFA World Cup
Kuala Lumpur: Eighteen years to the day when Japan historically qualified for the 2002 FIFA World Cup knockout stage for the first time, the-AFC.com exclusively speaks to then Samurai Blue team coach Philippe Troussier to reflect on a moment in time for the East Asian powerhouse.
Now working in youth development within Vietnam's U-19 side, the tactician originally replaced Takeshi Okada in 1998 at the helm of the Japan national side, with a mission to improve upon the nation's previous results in their FIFA World Cup debut in his native France.
Troussier recalls the time leading up to Asia's first FIFA World Cup and the four historic matches that he oversaw as head coach.
Kuala Lumpur: With the 2020 AFC Champions League currently on hiatus, the-AFC.com continues its series of articles to determine your best sides from the last four editions of the Continental competition.
Magical Moments: Park Ji-sung vs Portugal (2002 FIFA World Cup)
Kuala Lumpur: When Korea Republic’s Park Ji-sung arrived at the 2002 FIFA World Cup Finals he was already a well-established and highly regarded member of the Taeguk Warriors squad.
Indeed, with the Koreans sharing the tournament’s hosting duties alongside regional rivals Japan, much was expected of both Park and the rest of Guus Hiddink’s squad ahead of their campaign against the world’s elite. Neither were to disappoint.
Asian Classics: England’s Lineker recalls that night against Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur
London: Ask Gary Lineker, or any of the England players for that matter, what they remember about the night on June 12, 1991 when England played Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur and they will say one word: "Humidity".
Coming straight from the wind-blast of winter in Wellington (where it snowed the day later) into Kuala L was a shock for most players and the England captain Lineker - although more 'acclimatised' than most - was equally shocked.
"I got a few that night,” he remembers modestly of his four-goal haul, but it was the backstory to the game that was to play out for the next 12 months.
Kuala Lumpur: It’s home to some of the game’s biggest clubs and many of the greatest players, not to mention one of world football’s most compelling rivalries.
La Liga, the top division of Spanish football, holds a place in the consciousness of fans throughout the globe, and it is also a nation which has played host to some standout players from the world’s largest continent.
In increasing numbers, Asian players are flocking to Spain, with some of the continent’s brightest prospects now making it their first port of call in European football.
With La Liga resuming this week, we invite you to decide which Asian player has made the biggest impact in Spanish football.
Kuala Lumpur: It's that time of the week when the-AFC.com brings you some of the finest goals from over the years, with the latest of our '5 of the Best' series focusing on solo goals from the AFC Cup.