Resan: We’re back in the qualification race

Persepolis midfielder Bashar Resan insists the Iranian side are now firmly back in contention for AFC Champions League knockout round qualification after Tuesday’s 2-0 Group D victory over Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli. The Tehran team went into the match having picked up just one point from two games, but an...

Ismaeil heaps praise on ‘example’ Xavi

Hamid Ismaeil has sung the praises of Xavi Hernandez after the Al Sadd captain scored twice in an entertaining 2-2 draw against Pakhtakor in Group D of the 2019 AFC Champions League on Tuesday. Making his first appearance in this year’s competition after a lengthy injury lay-off, the Spanish midfielder...

Five AFC Vice Presidents confirmed

The 29th Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Congress has elected in Malaysian capital on Saturday the AFC Vice Presidents from each of the five AFC zones who will serve for the next four-year term (2019-2023). Mr. Saoud A. Aziz M A Al-Mohannadi (Qatar) was re-elected by acclamation for another four-year term...

Shaikh Salman unanimously re-elected AFC President

The 29th Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Congress, held in the Malaysian capital on Saturday, has re-elected Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa by acclamation for a second four-year term until 2023. Shaikh Salman, whose Presidency began in May 2013, was the only candidate for the position. There were initially three...

IR Iran retain Asia’s top spot

Islamic Republic of Iran moved up one spot to 21st in the latest FIFA Ranking released on Thursday. Asia's top 10 remained unchanged from February's rankings, with Japan, Korea Republic and Australia climbing one rung to 26th, 37th and 41st respectively. Qatar and United Arab Emirates remained at 55th and...

Azmoun double guides Zenit to win over Orenburg

Islamic Republic of Iran striker Sardar Azmoun scored another brace for his new club as high-flying Zenit Saint Petersburg came from a goal down to beat Orenburg 3-1, maintaining a six-point lead in the Russian Premier League on Sunday. The 24-year-old Azmoun, who joined Zenit from Rubin Kazan in February,...

Final line-up decided for Thailand 2020

Defending champions Uzbekistan were among the 16 countries that booked their places in the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 after an intense qualifying round which ended on Tuesday. The Central Asians topped Group F with a convincing 3-0 victory against India and drawing 0-0 with Tajikistan while the runners-up in...

Thailand 2020 Qualifiers MD3: Results and Reports

The cast of the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2019 will be known on Tuesday as the Qualifiers conclude across the Continent. Keep up-to-date with the-AFC.com as we bring you the latest on the 15 teams who will join host Thailand in the Finals next January. Matchday One (all times in...

Qualifiers — Group E: Jordan, Syria show their class

Jordan and Syria kept their AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 qualification objectives intact with wins, while Kyrgyz Republic and group hosts Kuwait saw their hopes dashed on Matchday Two in Group D. JORDAN 3-0 KYRGYZ REPUBLIC Jordan took themselves to within 90 minute of a direct place in the Finals,...