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The AFF Cup 2020 faces many challenges

Southeast Asia’s biggest tournament is expected to face unprecedented challenges.

At the end of March, the Southeast Asian Football Federation (AFF) announced to postpone and postpone a number of tournaments because of the COVID-19 epidemic. However, the AFF Cup 2020 remains on hold on the grounds that by the end of the year the epidemic may have been under control.

Recently, the Thailand Football Association’s (FAT) plan to soon return the Thai League (Thailand) Championship was not allowed by the government of this country. Thus, the Thai-League can only return in September as previously announced.

This makes the Thai-League more likely to kick in parallel with the AFF Cup 2020. At that time, Thai clubs will not release people for the Thai team (AFF Cup is not part of the FIFA competition system). Therefore, Thailand may not have the strongest squad for the AFF Cup 2020.

Not only Thailand, but also regional teams are “contagious” with the Thai-League schedule. Say that because the clubs in the Thai-League have a lot of Southeast Asian players. In which the most disadvantaged is the Philippines when half of the squad is playing in the Thai-League.

This plus the Philippine Government allowing only the country’s national championship to resume in December has put the Philippines in a tight situation. Perhaps that is why the Southeast Asian press recently rumored that the Philippines would withdraw from the AFF Cup 2020.

Equally troubled are Malaysia and Indonesia. The return of the unidentified national championship has made the plans of the Malaysian and Indonesian teams unfinished.

The Siam Sports newspaper (Thailand) has an article warning that the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Asia are resumed in September and October, which may take place in the empty field. And there is a lot of information that the AFF Cup 2020 taking place at the end of the year will also play inside the closed door.

The reason for the AFF Cup changed the format of the home and away game from the group stage to increase the number of fans coming to the field. Specifically, in the AFF Cup 2018, the average number of fans entering the field is nearly 30,000 people / game, nearly double that of the 2016 AFF Cup.

So, if the AFF Cup 2020 takes place in no-spectator condition, it will be a heavy blow to the tournament organizers. The problem is not in the ticket sales, but also in the vitality and soul of a tournament.

Even when the audience gets on the pitch, it is unlikely that everything in the AFF Cup 2020 will turn out as expected. Most countries have had difficulties after the COVID-19 epidemic, are fans still interested in football? With difficulties on and off the pitch, there are many rumors about the AFF Cup may be rescheduled.

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Japan: From small football to Asia’s No. 1 power

Many years ago, Japanese football used to refer to itself as a “small shoe”, but now, Japan is already Asia’s No. 1 football power, as well as the nearest football in Asia. to catch up with the world level.

Maybe the story of Japanese football comparing itself as a “small shoe” every year is just humility, because in 1968, Japan had a bronze medal in the Mexican Olympic men’s football content – an achievement beyond them. Korea was the only one who was re-established at the 2012 London Olympics.

However, many years ago, Japan was still inferior to some of the continent’s leading football, such as Korea, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, or even… Burma (today Myanmar).

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It was not until 1992 that Japan won the Asian championship for the first time, compared with Korea’s first Asian championship in 1956, Iran in 1968, or Saudi Arabia in 1984.

It was not until 1998 that Japan attended the first World Cup finals, still behind Korea, Iran and Saudi Arabia.

But the Japanese, after stepping to the top of continental football, they keep their form very steady. Since 1998, Japan has never been eliminated from the next World Cup finals. And today, almost one of Asia’s spots for the World Cup finals will be named in Japan.

Among the continent’s top football powers, including Japan, South Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Australia, excluding Australia joining AFC from Oceania, Japan won the Asian Cup at the latest, but after Champion, they win the next many times.

After the 1960 Asian Cup, Korea never returned to the top of Asia, which is nearly 60 years, Korea has not tasted the taste of the championship. For Iran, the last time they won the championship was in 1976, which means the waiting time is shorter than South Korea, but also… 43 years.

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The two countries above also do not know when they will return to the top of Asian football, because in addition to competing with some emerging football, such as Saudi Arabia, Iraq, with the new football joining AFC. This is Australia, they are especially difficult to compete with Japan.

Although success in football is not only limited to football, but also depends on the qualities of athletes, on the development of science and technology, for example, the improvement of human stature. . But first, footballers must still be pioneers of change.

Forming soccer academies and training facilities with a large scale, rules and inheritance is also a scientific job. Organizing an attractive, attractive and competitive domestic tournament, pyramid-shaped development (more teams than above) are also a scientific job …

At the beginning, Japanese players were not appreciated in terms of quality, compared to Iranian players in particular and West Asian players in general, compared to Korean players, North Korea, but later they improved. Gradually improve. In the beginning, the Japanese domestic championship was also quite meager, but the later it developed in the right direction.

No football background is a small football forever, if there is a desire and a methodical roadmap to fulfill your desire. The success of Japanese football over the past few decades has been the driving force behind Japan, the driving force to move forward.

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Top 5 Asian stars that make Son Heung-min look up (Part 2)

3. Shunsuke Nakamura

Famous for the colors of Reggina, Italy, but the peak of Nakamura’s career was in Scotland – where he played for Celtic in four seasons, won three national championships and contributed 34 goals in 166 appearances.

Possessing a “magical” left leg and a sorrowful penalty kick, Nakamura was once dubbed the “Beckham of Japan”.

He owns a massive career with a total of 716 appearances in five different club colors. Nakamura also had 98 caps for the national team, scoring 24 goals.

4. Hidetoshi Nakata

Adding another name becomes the pride in the history of Japanese football in particular and Asia in general. The name of the legend born in 1977 is associated with the golden age of Serie A – where he used to wear five clubs, winning noble titles such as Serie A (Roma, 2001) and Coppa Italia (2002).

Before that, he was the owner of two Asian Golden Ball titles in 1997 and 1998.

Nakata is also a rare player in Asia in the Top 100 FIFA best players. In addition, he has 77 caps for the Japanese national team, attending three World Cups.

5. Cha Bum Kun

Cha Bum Kun is the first player in Korean football history to go abroad to play football, and stick to his entire career in the Bundesliga.

In 1978, he moved to Darmstadt Club. But it was not until he joined Eintracht Frankfurt a year later that his talent broke.

In the four seasons played here, this legendary striker is an irreplaceable pillar, playing 156 games and scoring up to 58 goals. Together with Frankfurt, Cha Bum Kun won a UEFA Cup championship (1980) and a German National Cup (1981).

In 1983, Cha Bum Kun joined Bayer Leverkusen. There, he won another UEFA Cup in 1988. In the national colors, he played 135 games, contributing 58 goals.

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Top 5 Asian stars that make Son Heung-min look up (Part 1)

It is too early to say Son is the best Asian player of all time. Let’s take a look at the Asian superstars who roamed the world grass fields.

Son Heung-min is the most prominent Asian football player in the world. The Korean striker possesses stature and skills that are superior to colleagues from the world’s most populous continent.

However, the 26-year-old striker will still have a lot of effort if he wants to match the Asian legends that have been the storm in football history.

1. Shinji Kagawa

Borussia Dortmund lost only € 350,000 to recruit Kagawa from Japan’s Cerezo Osaka Club in 2010. He immediately shone and made a major contribution to helping the Ruhr team win two Bundesliga titles (2011, 2012), along with It was a German National Cup (2012).

Dazzling form helped Kagawa open the door to Manchester United in the summer of 2012. Here, although not as successful as expected, he still left a mark with six goals, including a hat-trick.

In the Japanese national shirt, Kagawa played a total of 95 matches, scored 31 goals and won the Asian Cup in 2011.

2. Park Ji-sung

Many experts and prestigious newspapers in the world think that Park Ji Sung is the best Asian player in the history of world football because of what he has done in Manchester United.

Despite playing at the same time with the world’s top superstars, under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson, the Korean midfielder still became an important factor in the Golden Age’s golden age.

At Old Trafford, Park Ji Sung has 205 appearances, contributing 27 goals. He is the only Asian player in history to ever lift the Champions League in 2008.

In addition, “Three-lungs” also owns four Premier League titles, three League Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup.

In the Korean national colors, he played even 100 matches, scored 13 goals and had reached the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup.

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Filipino football only focuses on the national team

In a country where football is not a national sport like basketball or volleyball, the Filipino team has never received much appreciation from neighboring countries to the people in the country.

If football in this country gets to be focused, it will be for the national team instead of the young level like U23.

This can be seen most clearly through the U16 AFF Cup. The youngster of the Philippines representative lost 5/5 matches, scored 3 goals and conceded 30 goals, considering the table.

When considering whether the Philippines should compete in the men’s football content ASIAD or not, Secretary General of the Football Association of this country, Mr. Ed Gastanes issued a statement: “The managers of the Philippines prepare for ASIAD, headed by the Philippines Olympic Committee (POC), does not approve the football game, the criteria set out in the ASIAD team sports, the Philippines must be in the top 4 of Asia to be accepted to participate. projections”.

“The Philippines football federation sent a request to bring the men’s and women’s football teams to the Asian Games, but the POC rejected the proposal,” Mr Gastanes added.

With such clear rules, the Philippines Football Federation was forced to grind the men’s team at home and focus on preparing for the next tournament at the national team level. This can also be considered as a reasonable move for the island nation to put their full strength on the AFF Cup front to start in two months.

Philippines now choose to send troops to training at an intensive training center in Bahrain, where they will have two friendly matches with the national team of this country to be ready to conquer the AFF Cup for the first time in history.

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Who are the top 10 stars expected to compete for the Golden Ball 2020?

The Bleacher Report page made an early prediction of the Top 10 Golden Ball 2020 soon after the 2019 Golden Ball was awarded to Messi at the end of last year.

Lionel Messi broke the equilibrium in the Golden Ball competition with Cristiano Ronaldo last year when he had his sixth lift to receive this noble award. They also appeared on the list of players predicted by Bleacher Report to be included in this year’s Top 10 Golden Balls.

Even the prestigious American sports website predicts Messi will continue to receive the highest award from France Football magazine this year to become the first player to win 7 Golden Balls.

Bleacher Report said that Messi was still the heart of Barca, the player that the team could always rely on and he always knowed how to score when necessary.

Bleacher Report even predicts Messi will help Barca win the Champions League this season and win the first trophy with the Argentina team in the Copa America that has been delayed because of the COVID-19 epidemic.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo was not appreciated after finishing third in the 2019 Golden Ball race. The Portuguese striker won the domestic title at Juventus but was not enough to compete for the award.

According to the judgment, Ronaldo only has the opportunity to win the Golden Ball this year when helping Juventus win the Champions League, or with the Portuguese team to win Euro 2020 (also delayed because of the COVID-19 epidemic).

Top 10 Golden Ball 2020 according to Bleacher Report’s prediction

1. Lionel Messi

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

3. Sadio Mane

4. Virgil van Dijk

5. Antoine Griezmann

6. Kylian Mbappe

7. Kevim de Bruyne

8. Neymar

9. Eden Hazard

10. Robert Lewandowski

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Messi, Ronaldo and 10 Champions League records can never be broken

Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have created many spectacular landmarks in the Champions League, including 10 records that can never be broken.

1. The fastest hat-trick (7 and a half minutes – Bafetimbi Gomis vs Dinamo Zagreb, 2011/12)

Sadio Mane can score the fastest hat-trick in the Premier League with 2 minutes and 56 minutes, but in the C1 Cup no one can compare. With 7 and a half minutes, the Lyon striker surpassed the record set by Mike Newell in 1995.

2. Most goals in a knockout match (5 – Lionel Messi vs Leverkusen, 2011/12)

Messi was the only player to score 5 goals in 90 minutes in a knockout match, helping Barca destroy Leverkusen 7-1 in the round of 1/8.

3. Keep the most clean sheets in a row (10 – Jens Lehmann – October 2005 to April 2006)

After conceding to Ajax in the second match of 2005/06 against Arsenal, Lehmann went through the remaining 4 group stage matches and the entire knockout round and conceded no goal.

Sent off after 18 minutes in the final, Lehmann kept a clean sheet a total of more than 800 minutes, or 13.5 hours.

4. Most goals for a goalkeeper (3 – Hans-Jorg Butt)

It’s hard to believe that a goalkeeper scored 3 goals in the Champions League and all against Juventus.

Butt humiliated Juventus in Hamburg, Leverkusen and Bayern Munich with all three goals from the penalty spot.

5. Most goals in a match (12 – Dortmund 8-4 Legia Warsaw, 2016/17)

The crazy match took place at Signal Iduna Park 4 years ago with Reus and Kagawa making twice. Remarkably, up to 6 goals were scored after the first 29 minutes only.

6. Oldest player (43 years and 253 days – Marco Ballotta vs Real Madrid, 2007/08)

Ballotta conceded 3 goals against Real Madrid just a few months before his 44th birthday, breaking Alessandro Costacurta’s previous record of nearly 3 years.

It should be noted that the second oldest player in the tournament’s history, Olexandr Shovkovskiy, is still two years behind Ballotta.

7. Most goals in a season (17 – Cristiano Ronaldo, 2013/14)

The Real Madrid superstar scored 9 goals in the group stage, 4 goals in the 1/8 round, 1 goal in the quarterfinals, 2 in the semi-finals and another in the final.

The only person who has ever approached to beat this record is Ronaldo.

8. The match with the most spectators (115,500 – Barcelona vs PSG, 1994/95)

Although the Nou Camp still boasts the largest capacity in the Champions League, changes to the stadium’s rules have reduced the number of spectators in modern times. Fans may never see this 6-digit landmark again.

9. The defender has the most goals in a match (3 – Layvin Kurzawa vs Anderlecht, 2017/18)

PSG left-back became the first player to achieve this feat two years ago. No defender will ever score 4 in a Champions League match.

10. Youngest player to make a hat-trick (18 years and 114 days – Raul vs Ferencvaros, 1995/96)

Only five teenage players have ever scored a Champions League hat-trick, of which Real Madrid legend Raul is the youngest.

Real Madrid’s Rodrygo Goes threatened this record by setting up a hat-trick against Galatasaray last year with more than 200 days.

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Asian sports village is disordered due to corona virus

Many running events and events that focus on crowds are canceled or delayed.

Not just in China, across the region is witnessing a wave of changes in plans for sporting events. According to Reuters statistics , at least 15 major sporting events have been postponed or canceled. 

Chinese National Super Cup

As planned, the Chinese National Super Cup will be held on February 15 at Suzhou Olympic Sports Center. However, the Chinese Football Association has announced a postponement of the match between the two clubs Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai Shenhua until further notice.

Chinese professional basketball tournament

The second phase of the 2019-2020 season will be halted in the future due to the impact of the coronary pneumonia outbreak. According to the original plan, the matches will start on February 1. Currently, the new schedule has not been determined because it depends on the extent of the impact of the disease, as well as the recommendations of the government.

Asian indoor track and field championships

Asian Athletics Association said it would cancel the tournament on February 12 to February 13 in Hangzhou, China. In a statement, the Association’s leaders said this was to ensure the health and safety of athletes and the community.

The World Indoor Indoor Athletics Championships in Nanjing is also scheduled from March 13-15 to the following year. 

Asian futsal championship 2020

On the afternoon of February 3, the Asian Football Federation (AFC) sent a notice of postponement of the Asian futsal championship to participating countries, including Vietnam. Previously, the tournament is scheduled to take place from February 26 to March 8 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. AFC has not set a date for the re-competition, it all depends on the situation of corona virus.

Motor racing

Formula E motor race in Sanya canceled its schedule on March 21. This move made the organizers of the Formula One race in a position ready to change the schedule. The Chinese Grand Prix is ​​scheduled to take place in Shanghai on April 19.

Tournament running in Hong Kong

According to the original schedule, the Hong Kong Marathon will take place on February 8 and February 9. However, the widespread spread of the epidemic caused the organizer to decide to cancel the award, even though the number of registered members reached 74,000.

In addition to the postponed tournaments, canceled, many other major sporting events are also in an alarm state. The host country of Japan has expressed concern about the spread of the corona virus and worried about its impact on the schedule of the Tokyo Olympics this summer. Tournament leader Toshiro Muto told the BBC that he hoped the translation would be extinguished as quickly as possible.