Education City Stadium’s completion marked during special programmes
Doha: Qatar has announced the completion of Education City Stadium – the third tournament-ready venue for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The stadium’s completion was marked during special programmes on the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy’s (SC) social media platforms on Monday.
The highlight of the programmes was a speech by The Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
Launching Education City Stadium digitally, and in compliance with the protective measures implemented by Qatar, affirms the SC’s commitment to deliver its projects on schedule – despite the current circumstances. The stadium’s successful completion was dedicated to frontline workers who have worked tirelessly during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Asian Classics: Vingada relives Saudi Arabia's 1996 AFC Asian Cup triumph
Kuala Lumpur: Throughout the 1980s and 90s, Saudi Arabia were the dominant force at the AFC Asian Cup, winning the Continental title in their first two appearances – in 1984 and 1988 – and finishing as runners-up to Japan in 1992.
But as the clock ticked towards the 1996 Finals in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia were under pressure. Coach Ze Mario had been fired following a disappointing showing at the Gulf Cup and new man Nelo Vingada given a month to prepare his team for the Finals.
Despite the difficulties, the Portuguese coach would lead Saudi Arabia to a record-equalling third continental title, the last time – to date – the country would claim the most prestigious trophy in the Asian game.
Li Ke: I aim to do even better with China PR, Beijing FC
Beijing: It has been a whirlwind 18 months for England-born midfielder Li Ke, who moved to Beijing FC last January before taking up Chinese citizenship and making his debut under FIFA World Cup winner Marcello Lippi. He tells the-AFC.com about his new life in China PR.
Li Ke admits to being apprehensive the first time he was called up for the China national team, when the former Arsenal and Brentford midfielder was included by Marcello Lippi in his squad to face the Philippines in Guangzhou last June.
Sydney: John Aloisi may not have shared a dressing room with Javad Nekounam, but he knows plenty about his fellow former Osasuna player.
Former Australia striker Aloisi scored 37 goals in 129 appearances for the club from 2001 to 2005, while IR Iran’s Nekounam, who joined in 2006, would go on to become a fan favourite over two stints and nearly 200 matches for Los Rojillos.
The duo - alongside another former Iranian Osasuna star, Masoud Shojaei - are both in the running for this week’s Asia’s Greatest Players in Spanish Football poll, and according to Aloisi, Nekounam was a highly respected figure at the club.
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.
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.