Vote for your best Asian team at the FIFA World Cup: Goalkeeper
Kuala Lumpur: With international football on hiatus until later in 2020, the-AFC.com looks back at some of Asia's greatest performers at the FIFA World Cup and asks you, the fans, to vote for the Best XI.
To select the candidates for each position, we have reflected on match data from FIFA World Cups dating all the way back to 1966 and presented a statistics-based approach to highlight the players who have shone brightest on the biggest stage of all.
We start our series of articles with the three candidates in contention for the all-important number one jersey. With a combined 11 FIFA World Cup editions between them, the trio boast a wealth of experience at the global showpiece. So, review the nominees and then choose your favourite goalkeeper to helm the rearguard for this all-star XI in the poll below.
Kuala Lumpur: It’s home to some of the game’s biggest clubs and many of the greatest players, not to mention one of world football’s most compelling rivalries.
La Liga, the top division of Spanish football, holds a place in the consciousness of fans throughout the globe, and it is also a nation which has played host to some standout players from the world’s largest continent.
In increasing numbers, Asian players are flocking to Spain, with some of the continent’s brightest prospects now making it their first port of call in European football.
With La Liga resuming this week, we invite you to decide which Asian player has made the biggest impact in Spanish football.
Asian Classics: Australia v Japan (2006 FIFA World Cup)
Kuala Lumpur: Enter John Aloisi’s name as a Google image search and you will be greeted by dozens of different pictures of a single penalty kick taken almost 15 years ago.
That penalty, and those pictures, were taken on November 16, 2005, when, after a draining two-legged FIFA World Cup qualification play-off against Uruguay ended in a 1-1 aggregate draw, Aloisi assumed the responsibility as Australia’s fifth and final penalty taker in the shootout that followed.
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.
Stardom was Park Ji-sung's destiny, says former coach Engels
Kuala Lumpur: Park Ji-sung’s place in the pantheon of Asian football is unquestioned but, while the midfielder made his name at the FIFA World Cup and winning titles in Europe, it was with Kyoto Purple Sanga that he took his first steps as a professional.
German coach Gert Engels handed Park his debut with the J.League club and tells the-AFC.com about the formative years of one of Asia’s greatest ever players.
When Gert Engels talks about Park Ji-sung, the same characteristic is mentioned time and again: stability. From the moment he first set eyes on footage of Park playing for Myongji University, it was the youngster’s unerring approach that stood out for the former Yokohama Flugels and Kyoto Purple Sanga coach.