Asia's World Cup Heroes: Expert verdict and results!
Kuala Lumpur: Two weeks ago, the-AFC.com profiled five Asian FIFA World Cup heroes from over the years and asked the fans to vote for their favourite. Now, it's the turn of our experts panel.
Given the choice of Sami Al Jaber, Alireza Beiranvand, Tim Cahill, Keisuke Honda and Park Ji-sung, the fans' vote was won by Iranian goalkeeper Beiranvand, with Japan's Honda and Saudi legend Al Jaber coming in second and third place respectively – a decision that goes towards 25 percent of the overall result.
Korea Republic legend Park rallies communities to #BreakTheChain together
Kuala Lumpur: The most successful Asian footballer in history, Park Ji-sung has urged football fans from around the world to join the #BreakTheChain team to fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The former Korea Republic captain and Manchester United midfielder who won 19 major trophies in his career - is the latest icon to lend his voice in the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) public awareness campaign which continues to engage with millions of fans to convey educational and inspiring messages.
Bishkek: Few Asian midfielders this century have shone as bright, or as long, as Uzbekistan’s Odil Akhmedov.
A record six-time winner of Uzbekistan’s Player of the Year Award, a league champion in both his homeland and China PR, and voted best player at a club which featured Roberto Carlos and Samuel Eto’o – only one of whom makes this list – Akhmedov’s career has seen him team up with footballers of global renown, and match them every step of the way.
With his professional career now in its 15th year, Akhmedov selects a team comprising the very best of his teammates, drawing on his experiences of 104 international caps and fruitful club stints at Pakhtakor, Anzhi Makhachkala, FC Krasnador and current home Shanghai SIPG.
Experienced ‘Starting XI’ to help drive Australian football forward
Sydney: 11 of the most experienced and learned minds in Australian football will come together, under the auspices of FFA’s Football Development Committee (FDC), to create a new Panel to discuss and debate the growth and development of Australian football.
The Panel, to be known as the Starting XI, will act in an advisory capacity on technical and development matters to the FDC, which comprises, amongst others, FFA Board Members Remo Nogarotto (FDC Chair), former Socceroo Mark Bresciano and former Westfield Matilda Amy Duggan.
The inaugural members of the Starting XI, who will serve an initial two-year term on a voluntary basis, are: Mark Viduka, Josip Skoko, Clare Polkinghorne, Ron Smith, Mark Bosnich, Paul Okon, Frank Farina, Heather Garriock, Vicki Linton, Joey Peters and Connie Selby.
Central Asia Domestic Wrap: Istiklol in control as league pauses, Ahal impress
Bishkek: FC Istiklol brought up an impressive milestone, while Khatlon continued their excellent start in the last round of football before a league suspension in Tajikistan, and FC Ahal underlined their title credentials with another win Turkmenistan.
Domestic action remains on hold in Kyrgyz Republic and Uzbekistan, although players from both countries featured in Belarusian Premier League action.
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ASEAN & East Asia Wrap: Recoveries, resumptions and remembrance
Kuala Lumpur: There has been plenty of positive news in recent days, with a star player's recovery from illness in Japan and confirmation that football is set to return in Korea Republic in the near future among the headlines.
Elsewhere, Ramadan got underway, Australia marked ANZAC Day and domestic action continued in Chinese Taipei, so join the-AFC.com as we round up the action on and off the pitch.
Kuala Lumpur: A legend of Asian club football, Dejan Damjanovic's is the second-highest scorer in AFC Champions League history, with 36 goals, having starred for FC Seoul, Beijing FC and Suwon Samsung Bluewings over the years.
The Montenegrin’s first foray into the Asian game, however, came with a short stint in Saudi Arabia in 2006. But it is in East Asia where the now 38-year-old truly made his name and, after moving to Korea Republic’s K League in 2007, he has not looked back since.
Having found a home away from home on the other side of the world, and collected plenty of prizes along the way, Damjanovic tells the-AFC.com about his life and times in Asia and reflects on a move that has proved an unequivocal success both on and off the pitch.