Steel Roses hit the ground running in second training camp
Suzhou: China PR began their second training camp in the city of Suzhou on Thursday, as they look to maintain their sharpness ahead of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Qualifiers Play-off.
China PR will face Korea Republic in the two-legged play-off, which was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and veteran head coach Jia Xiuquan believes the Steel Roses need regular training camps to improve physically and technically.
Kuala Lumpur: Germany’s Bundesliga returns to action on Saturday, but the competition isn’t limited to the pitch, with fans throughout Asia casting their votes in the-AFC.com’s poll aimed at determining the continent’s best ever player.
With 10 shortlisted stars to choose from, we enlisted the expert opinion of Rhysh Roshan Rai, a former professional with AFC Champions League experience, and a long-term fixture of Fox Sports Asia’s Bundesliga coverage.
So, just who is Asia’s greatest Bundesliga player? Even after watching and analysing countless matches, It’s no easy decision, according to Rai.
Kuala Lumpur: For more than 40 years, Asian players have starred in Germany’s Bundesliga. From pioneers like Okudera and Cha to modern-day icons like Mahdavikia and Kagawa, some of Asia’s greatest footballing names have been made not only in national team colours, but also in packed stadiums from Bremen to Bavaria.
But who was the greatest of them all?
As Germany says ‘willkommen zurück’ to its top football competition, join the-AFC.com in helping to choose, from the following 10 nominees, Asia’s greatest Bundesliga player.
Kuala Lumpur: From Omani minnows Al Mudhaibi to English FA Cup winner with Wigan Athletic, Ali Al Habsi's unorthodox path towards becoming Oman's finest player of all-time has earned him a place on the-AFC.com's Asian Icons list.
Ali Al Habsi once harboured modest dreams of being able to watch top class football on TV. Now, at the age of 38 and having retired from international football earlier this year, the Omani legend can reflect back on an illustrious career that took him to Norway, England and Saudi Arabia.
Asia’s greatest national teams – Japan Men (2000-11)
Kuala Lumpur: In the modern era, no Asian men's team has enjoyed the success on the international and Continental stage as that of the Samurai Blue in the period from 2000 to 2011.
Beginning with their second AFC Asian Cup title at Lebanon 2000 and culminating in Qatar 2011 with their fourth, and including two FIFA World Cup Round of 16 finishes, Japan enjoyed a period of dominance and records that few have accomplished before and since.
While their three Asian Cup championships from four tournaments is the physical evidence of their success, Japan also achieved record finishes at the FIFA Confederations Cup (runners-up) and the Asian Games (gold), while their efforts in the World Cup and Olympic Games were also, at the time, new milestones for the national side.