Australia's Mabil completes journey from refugee camp to FIFA World Cup
Sydney: Awer Mabil will complete a remarkable journey from a refugee camp to the planet's biggest sporting spectacle when he lines up for Australia at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, overcoming personal tragedy along the way.
The winger's rise from humble beginnings is the stuff dreams are made of and the 27-year-old, who plays in La Liga for Cadiz, has never forgotten where he came from.
Kuala Lumpur: With the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 drawing ever closer, the-AFC.com continues its series of looking back at how Asian teams have performed at the global showpiece over the years.
Following the emphatic success of Korea Republic and Japan, the co-hosts of 2002, Asian football was on the rise, and returned four years later with Islamic Republic of Iran replacing China PR as part of the quartet representing the AFC at Germany 2006.
Flashback: Park Hang-seo relives Korea Republic’s amazing 2002 feat
Kuala Lumpur: Outgoing head coach Park Hang-seo’s achievements with Vietnam have captured the imagination of the continent’s football fans and it has slipped the minds of many that he was part of the Korea Republic coaching staff in the FIFA World Cup Korea Republic/Japan 2002.
The first FIFA World Cup to be held in Asia and also the first to be co-hosted - with Korea Republic and Japan sharing the responsibility - it was a tournament that showcased the very best of Asian football.
As the-AFC.com continues the buildup to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, we reproduce an interview with Park on June 22, 2020 in which he recollects Korea Republic's amazing run to the semi-finals.
Trailblazer Yamashita determined to create more history
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) match officials continue to shine on the world stage with 19 match officials selected for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, an additional three from the last edition.
A trailblazer in every sense of the word, Yoshimi Yamashita was named in May alongside France's Stephanie Frappart and Rwanda's Salima Mukansanga as officials for Qatar 2022 – the first women poised to referee at a men's FIFA World Cup.
In this exclusive interview with the-AFC.com, Yamashita shares her insights on her historic FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 selection and talks about her preparations leading up to the showpiece.