Saudi Arabia to kick off FIFA World Cup™ preparations with friendlies
Jeddah: Following the euphoria of Saudi Arabia’s qualification to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, head coach Herve Renard has scheduled preparations for the Finals with two preparatory camps in June and September.
With their place in Qatar 2022 already secured, the Green Falcons defeated Australia 1-0 to take top spot in Group B, finishing their qualification campaign on a winning note in front of a packed King Abdullah Sport City Stadium in Jeddah.
Renard’s men, who finished the group with 23 points from 10 games, one point ahead of Japan, will be put through a series of four friendlies ahead of the World Cup in November.
Central and South Asian Wrap: Istiklol’s Super Cup, Persepolis close gap, Fans flock in Uzbekistan
Bishkek: FC Istiklol added yet more silverware in Tajikistan, while Persepolis turned up the pressure on Esteghlal in an increasingly fascinating Iran Pro League title race as Central and South Asia produced another thrilling week of domestic football.
There was also a potential power shift in Kyrgyz Republic, huge crowds in Uzbekistan and goals galore from the leading clubs in Bangladesh and Maldives.
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ASEAN Wrap: A-League Finals Series cast confirmed; Negeri Sembilan go top in Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur: The six teams who will compete in the A-League’s upcoming Finals Series have been confirmed as the regular season draws to a close in Australia ahead of the 2021-22 campaign’s showcase finale.
The last relegation spot in Thailand has been decided, while there are new leaders in Malaysia and there were games in both Singapore and Laos. Read on for the-AFC.com’s wrap of the best of the action from across ASEAN.
East Asia Wrap: Ulsan, Kawasaki back in the groove
Hong Kong: After disappointing AFC Champions League™ 2022 exits, Ulsan Hyundai and Kawasaki Frontale returned to Korea Republic and Japan respectively to post wins as they got their campaigns back on track in perfect fashion.
Ulsan moved seven points clear at the top of K League 1, while Kawasaki sit second in the J1 League but were boosted by leaders Kashima Antlers losing at Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
Elsewhere in East Asia, there was action in Chinese Taipei, Macau and Mongolia, so join the-AFC.com as we review the latest rounds of fixtures.
Tanaka stars as INAC Kobe Leonessa win inaugural WE League title
Sagamihara: INAC Kobe Leonessa became the inaugural champions of Japan’s WE League with a 3-0 win at Nojima Stella Kanagawa Sagamihara on Sunday.
Inspired by Mina Tanaka’s brilliant brace, a comprehensive victory on the day took the Kobe club to 47 points from 18 matches, giving them an unassailable nine-point lead over second placed Urawa Reds Ladies with two rounds of matches remaining.
Three-time champions of the Nadeshiko League in the early 2010s, INAC Kobe Leonessa can now claim to be the first club to reach the summit in Japan’s first fully professional women’s league.