AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar Preview: Saudi Arabia v Oman
Jeddah: Group B leaders Saudi Arabia will aim to extend their unbeaten run in the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar when they welcome Oman to King Abdullah Sports City Stadium for the Matchday Seven fixture on Thursday.
The Green Falcons sit atop the group with 16 points from six games, dropping just two points against Australia in Sydney but despite the stellar run, they have struggled at times, with three of their wins being 1-0 scores and having survived a scare in their 3-2 home win against China PR who looked on course for a comeback.
Nevertheless, Saudi Arabia have a four-point cushion on Japan in second place, whom they play next week.
AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar: How Group B stands
Kuala Lumpur: Group B of the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar campaign looks set to go down to the wire as three teams appear likely to fight it out for the two automatic places at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Saudi Arabia have a commanding lead with Japan and Australia aiming to push them all the way, while Oman and China PR haven’t given up hope of a third-place finish.
Ahead of the Matchday Seven and Eight encounters on January 27 and February 1, the-AFC.com looks at how things stand with four games remaining.
Kuala Lumpur: With four teams having qualified directly to the group stage of the 2022 AFC Champions League for the first time in their history, the-AFC.comtakes a look at those debutants ahead of the draw taking place on Monday.
The latest edition of the AFC Champions League will see three new clubs from the West Zone; Saudi Arabia’s Faisaly, India’s Mumbai City FC, and Turkmenistan’s Ahal FC, while Australia’s Melbourne City are the sole latest addition from the East Zone to an ever-growing list of participant clubs in Asia’s top competition.
AFC MAs and RAs General Secretaries’ Conference 2022 to deliver unrivalled experience
Riyadh: The senior leadership of the Asian football family looks set to benefit from a comprehensive and diverse agenda to be delivered by a stellar line-up of expert speakers at the upcoming AFC Member Associations (MAs) and Regional Associations (RAs) General Secretaries’ Conference 2022, which will kick off on Thursday, January 13, in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Asian Football Confederation (AFC) General Secretary Dato’ Windsor John will set the tone for the three-day conference with an opening presentation on the AFC’s ambitions to elevate the standards of Asian football in the coming years, before the attention shifts towards achieving longer-term outcomes with a ground-breaking session on Creating the Learning Culture that develops the next generation of Asia’s football leaders, which will be led by Kleinmann Wang CEO, Anter Isaac.
Al Hilal strengthen squad with Al Owais, Al Obaid signings
Riyadh: Al Hilal SFC have boosted their squad with the signings of Mohammed Al Owais from Al Ahli and Al Nassr’s Abdulrahman Al Obaid on three-year deals.
Having secured the 2021 AFC Champions League title after beating Pohang Steelers 2-0 in the final, head coach Leonardo Jardim was keen to add depth to the squad as Al Hilal turn their attention to domestic challenges and the FIFA Club World Cup next month.
Al Hilal defeat Al Faisaly to clinch Saudi Super Cup
Riyadh: Reigning AFC Champions League holders Al Hilal SFC added new silverware to their trophy cabinet after defeating Al Faisaly FC 4-3 on penalties in the Saudi Super Cup at Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium on Thursday.
The two sides were locked 2-2 at the end of extra time with Al Hilal prevailing in the decisive shootout to win their third Saudi Super Cup title.
Saudi Arabia's Al Taawoun sign Álvaro Medrán, Olsen joins UAE's Shabab Al Ahli
Buraidah: Saudi Pro League side Al Taawoun FC and UAE's Shabab Al Ahli Dubai FC have strengthened their squads with the signings of Álvaro Medrán and Thomas Olsen respectively, the clubs announced on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old Medrán joins 2019 Saudi King’s Cup champions Al Taawoun from MSL outfit Chicago Fire on a season and a half contract.