Kuala Lumpur: Hajime Moriyasu overcame doubts about his tenure midway through the qualifiers to steer Japan to Qatar 2022 and maintain his nation’s record of qualifying for the Finals every time since the Samurai Blue made their FIFA World Cup debut in France in 1998.
The 54-year-old’s time in charge looked destined to end when, after losses against Oman and Saudi Arabia in their first three games of the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar™, the calls for a new head coach were growing louder by the day.
Arnold's opportunity to chart new course for Australia
Sydney: Graham Arnold will not be appearing at his first FIFA World Cup when he leads Australia out for their opening game in Qatar 2022 against defending champions France on November 22, but the former striker will finally be the man calling the shots for the Socceroos.
The 59-year-old has been present at the tournament in the past, working as an assistant alongside Guus Hiddink in 2006 when the Australians reached the knockout stage before also serving as deputy to Pim Verbeek in South Africa four years later.
But this time will be different for the former Sydney FC and Vegalta Sendai coach as he makes the decisions that will determine Australia’s fate at the game’s greatest event.
Kuol receives Socceroos nod, Sainsbury among those left out
Sydney: Australia head coach Graham Arnold has included 18-year-old Central Coast Mariners striker Garang Kuol in his 26-man squad for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, but has left out AFC Asian Cup™-winning central defender Trent Sainsbury.
Sainsbury, a stalwart of the side that won the continental title in 2015, was not included among the defensive options selected by Arnold while Nagoya Grampus goalkeeper Mitch Langerak, midfielder Tom Rogic and Cerezo Osaka’s Adam Taggart were also omitted.
Kuala Lumpur: Over the years a number of Asian players have produced the goods at the FIFA World Cup, lighting up arenas around the globe and providing incredible moments that have gone down in the Continent’s footballing folklore.
With the kick-off for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 only days away, we turn back the clock to highlight the achievements of five Asian players who have shone brightest on the global showpiece.
You can tell us who you think is the best Asian player at the FIFA World Cup by voting at the bottom of the article.
Kuala Lumpur: With less than two weeks to go until the kick-off of the FIFA World Cup™ Qatar 2022, the-AFC.com continues its look back at how the Asian teams have performed at the global showpiece over the years.
Four years ago, Russia 2018 marked the first time the Asian Football Confederation had five representatives as Australia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Korea Republic and Saudi Arabia all advanced to the 2018 edition.
And it was to be a campaign that produced a number of memorable moments, from Son Heung-min eliminating Germany to Alireza Beiranvand denying Cristiano Ronaldo and much more.