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FIFA and AFC met to decide on delaying the 2022 World Cup qualifier

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will meet with FIFA this weekend to discuss the upcoming second round of 2022 World Cup qualifiers ahead of the possibility of being postponed due to the Covid-19 epidemic.

The AFC said the meeting took place (scheduled July 7 and 8.3) amid growing health concerns and travel restrictions due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic. The organization revealed it held preliminary discussions with a number of Eastern regional member federations on the second round of the 2022 World Cup in March and June.

Members of the eastern region include China, South Korea and Japan – the countries hardest hit by the Covid-19 epidemic.

A total of 32 matches in 8 groups will be held this March at the latest stage of the second round of the 2022 World Cup in Asia. These matches are also part of the qualifying process for the 2023 Asian Cup finals in China.

By the end of day 2.3, nearly 90,000 cases of Covid-19 infection had been reported worldwide since the beginning of the epidemic, of which more than half of infected people had recovered; More than 3,000 people died.

Southeast Asian leagues are postponed due to Covid-19

Indonesia is the latest country to announce a postponement of schedule for the national championship football tournament after Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos and the Philippines.

Under the influence of the Covid-19 epidemic, Asian and Southeast Asian countries are reducing their spread by temporarily postponement of schedules for sporting events, including the national football championship.

In a recent announcement on the morning of March 16, the Indonesian Football Confederation (PSSI) said the country’s professional football leagues (including Liga 1 and Liga 2) will be delayed.

In Southeast Asia, the Thai League is the first league to announce delays due to the influence of Covid-19. The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) has set the date of competition back to 18/4.

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Korean player was infected with Covid-19 in France

Asian Football recently discovered the case of the first professional footballer to test positive for corona virus.

According to French newspaper L’Est éclairs, South Korean striker Suk Hyun-jun was positive for corona virus. The Troyes striker playing in the Ligue 2 league has been feeling uneasy for the past few days, and had an infection test result on March 13.

Another case of Troyes Academy’s young player was also found positive for corona virus.

Suk Hyun-jun had just arrived at Troyes from the Ligue 1 Remis club during the winter transfer window last winter. The 28-year-old has 21 appearances for two French clubs this season, scoring 3 goals and having 2 assists. He has played for many Ajax, Porto and many other European clubs. Suk Hyun-jun also has 15 caps for the Korean national team.

Suk Hyun-jun is considered the first professional player case in Korea, and in Asia positive for corona virus. Earlier in early February, Chinese football discovered the first case of infection. It was a young player at the academy of the Zhejiang Greentown Club, located in Zhejiang Province, east of the country.

The Wuhan team left Spain to return home to avoid the epidemic

The Wuhan Football Team decided to return to the country earlier than expected after the Covid-19 epidemic evolved complicatedly in Spain and Europe.

According to AS, members of the Wuhan team came to Spain when the Covid-19 epidemic originated in their home town. The team has been in Andalusia since January 29, but decided to return to the country on March 14 after the disease situation worsened across Europe.

Members of the Wuhan team, including 27 players who arrived in Spain at the end of January at Malaga-Costa Del Sol airport, started a training session in Sotogrande (Cadiz) without any symptoms. of corona virus.

However, this team could not return to their home country as expected when the disease broke out strongly in China. Before coming to Spain, the Wuhan players practiced in Guangzhou. The players have been away from family and friends for more than 1 month. One of them lost a loved one due to the Covid-19 epidemic.

During this training, the Wuhan team was invited by Real Madrid to the Bernabeu to watch the El Clasico match with Barcelona on 2 March. This is a memorable experience for the players from China.

The decision to return to the home of the Wuhan team was made after China announced it had passed the peak of the Covid-19 epidemic, while Europe was becoming a new epidemic center.

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AFC and the meeting about mergency status of Covid-19 (Part 2)

Also not excluding the UAE – Malaysia game (26.3, Dubai, Group G) also moved or kicked the field without an audience. As for the Malaysia-VN match on March 31 at Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Football Federation said it would be held on the field without an audience.

In other developments, AFC is also considering the possibility of having to delay the first two matches and go to the play-off round to compete for the 2020 Olympic Games of Asian women’s football between the Korean women’s team against China, scheduled to take place on June 6 11.3 to, will switch to competition in April.

However, the Chinese Football Federation is now asking AFC should switch the match at home with the Korean women’s team to a neutral country, maybe Australia and will play both rounds. here. The Chinese women’s team to avoid the Covid-19 epidemic has also been in Australia since January after finishing the B-group matches in the third qualifying round.

Meanwhile, the remaining play-off match between the Vietnamese female team meets Australia. AFC is likely to remain the same schedule (6.3 days in Australia for the first leg, and 11.3 matches in Cam Pha yard for the second leg), because both Australia and Vietnam now have very good control of the disease situation.

After the Chinese Super League, it was in Serie A and K-League’s turn to be affected by Covid-19

AFC Secretary General Windsor John acknowledged that Asian football is experiencing an unprecedented incident in history and facing a huge challenge.In addition to the serious financial impact, scrambling or postponing AFC Champions League matches or the second round of the 2022 World Cup will push the international schedule to be stagnant, chaotic can lead to players being over download. However, AFC stressed that it will try to protect the safety and health of all players, officials and spectators but at the same time ensure the integrity of the competition.

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AFC and the meeting about mergency status of Covid-19 (Part 1)

AFC convenes an emergency meeting on July 2 and 8.3 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with the presence of most representatives of clubs, federations of members and organizers of tournaments in the East and West. Asia, in order to find solutions to the organization of competition before the emergency situation of Covid-19.

The latest move ahead of this meetinag is the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced the postponement of six matches in the third round of the AFC Champions League group stage, including matches in the UAE, Iran and South Korea. and Saudi Arabia in the first week of March, after these countries were also dealing with outbreaks of Covid-19. In addition, AFC also agreed to swap schedules in Group F between Ulsan Hyundai FC (South Korea) and Perth Glory (Australia), which will be played on April 4.3, to 7.4 on Ulsan Munsu.

In addition to discussing the schedule of the AFC Champions League and the upcoming AFC Cup, AFC will also discuss more about how to organize matches in the second round of the 2022 World Cup in Asia in Asia. , while competing for the Asian Cup 2023 in March, will be affected by the Covid-19 epidemic or not. It is possible that some matches will be played on an unused audience or moved to a suitable venue. In the immediate future, the two matches of China against the Maldives (at home) and Guam (away) on 26 and 31.3 in Group A have been agreed by AFC to move to Thailand to play on Buriram neutral ground.

Other games that are also within the scope of the “can close” or have to move include Iran – Hong Kong (26.3 in Tehran, Group C), Saudi Arabia – Yemen (26.3, Jeddah, Group D), South Korea – Turkmenistan (26.3, Cheonan, group H).

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How many teams have won tickets to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?

Australia has excelled in overtaking its rivals on Uzbekistan, winning the last ticket of the Asian region to participate in this summer’s Olympics.

Unfortunately for Uzbekistan U23 – the champion of 2018 after defeating the teachers and coach Park Hang-seo, when breathless at a critical time. The idea that the Central Asian team knocked UAE to 5-1 in the quarterfinals will be a match for South Korea in the race to the title of champion. However, teachers and coach Drulovic proved exhausted and “caught cards”, suddenly collapsed at the stage of deciding to win tickets to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

In the semi-finals, U23 Saudi Arabia with an effective counter-attacking style played a “final blow” in the 87th minute, making Uzbekistan “disillusioned” with the championship. The bronze medal match is also very similar to the scenario in the semi-finals. Uzbekistan dominated and constantly had chances to score but were inefficient. D’Agostino striker in an ecstatic ball situation tore the goalkeeper Nematov, setting up a 1-0 victory for Australia.

Thus, U23 Australia, South Korea and Saudi Arabia are three representatives of Asian football competed at the Summer Olympics 2020. Justice that judges this as a fair and reasonable result. Socceroos, Saudi Arabia and South Korea have shown the experience and seasoned bravery of the team forged through many major tournaments. Plus host U23 Japan, Asia is the area with many teams competing in the Summer Olympics.

The European region also identified four names to win tickets to this year’s Tokyo Olympics. These are France, Romania, Germany and Spain. In the U23 finals in Europe, Spain won the victory over the German team with a score of 2-1, thereby winning the championship for the fifth time. The remaining two tickets belong to France and Romania after losing in the semi-finals.

The other four teams that qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifiers are South Africa, Ivory Coast, Egypt (Africa region) and New Zealand (Oceania region). Up to this point, the first 12 teams to compete in the Tokyo Summer Olympics are Japan (host), South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Spain, Germany, France, Romania, Egypt. , Ivory Coast, South Africa, New Zealand.

The last four tickets belong to South America, ending the qualifier on February 9 and Concacaf. Currently Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile are the 4 dominant teams in South America while the U23 Concacaf final will be played from March 20 to 1/4.

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South Korea gets into the final of the U23 Asian Championship 2020

Convincing a 2-0 victory over U23 Australia in the semi-finals of the U23 Asian Championship 2020 on January 22, U23 South Korea followed U23 Saudi Arabia to win the second ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Different from the first semi-final held on January 22, when defending champion Uzbekistan became the former King of the Asian U23 Championship because of being defeated with a score of 0-1 by Saudi Arabia, the ticket match to the final between Korea and Australia took place thrilling and dramatic by the level and level of two Asian football powers.

Overcoming physical strength, endurance, the Korean players won a convincing victory against U23 Australia with two goals from Kim Dae-won and Lee Dong-gyeong in the second half. U23 Australia in the semi-finals helped South Korea extend the series of victories in U23 Asian Cup to 5 and won the official ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, setting a record of continuous participation in the Olympics since 1988.

Coach Kim Hak-bum’s teachers showed a variety of attacking styles based on the speed and superior technique of the young talents. It was the flowery play that helped the Korean U23 2nd to reach the finals of the Asian U23 tournament after 4 times.

U23 South Korea will face U23 Saudi Arabia in the final of the U23 Asian Championship 2020 which takes place on January 26 but before that, it will be the final third-class war and the third ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games between Australia and Uzbekistan. (25-1).

U23 Asian Cup 2020: South Korea aims for the final

As the only team to win after 4 matches, scoring 7 goals and conceding 3 times, U23 South Korea was evaluated “unmatched” at the U23 Asian Championship in 2020 with current level and style.

After the quarterfinals, experts say this U23 Asian Championship final will be a rematch between Uzbekistan and South Korea. In the group stage, coach Kim Hak-bum and his teachers claimed the debt lost in the 2018 tournament by a 2-1 final victory over the defending champions.

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The U23 Asian Football Championship 2020 announced the exclusive sponsor

Mykolor (of 4 Oranges Company) is the exclusive sponsor of paint industry at the U23 Asian Football Championship 2020, taking place from 8-26 January 2020 in Thailand.

The AFC U23 Championship 2020 (AFC U23 Championship 2020) is one of the official leagues of the Asian Football Confederation held every two years. The AFC U23 Championship 2020 features the top 16 teams from the continent. The results of the draw, the U23 Vietnam team joined the Korean, UAE and Jordan teams in Group D in the U23 Asian Cup 2020.

In this tournament in 2018, the U23 football team has continuously created miracles that delight domestic and international fans. The runner-up position at the end of the season promises to open a new development stage of Asian football.

Understanding the dream of conquering and the desire to win of Asian football spirit, with the desire to cheer the players and encourage the fans’ enthusiasm, Mykolor paint brand has become the exclusive sponsor of the paint industry of the tournament. U23 Asian Championship Football Championship 2020. With this companion, the brand wishes to bring the team further in every tournament, improving the spirit of sports.

Mykolor accompanies the team with the desire to cheer the players and encourage the fans.

Mr. Chalermsak Pimolsri – Deputy General Manager of Marketing of 4 Oranges Co., Ltd attended the table-breaking draw of the AFC U23 2020 tournament.

The U23 Asian Football Championship is held every two years by the Asian Football Confederation for men’s soccer teams under the age of 23.

In 2020, the tournament will take place from January 8 to January 26, 2020, in four stadiums in three cities: Bangkok, Buriram and Songkhla, Thailand. The three teams with the highest performance in this tournament will join the Japanese team to continue to represent Asian countries directly competing in the 2020 Olympic Games (held in Tokyo in July 2021).

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Chinese football continues to struggle with the corona virus

All Chinese professional football system tournaments will be postponed indefinitely as the China Football Association (CFA) is concerned about the possibility of corona virus infection.

In the latest statement released by CFA on January 29, the professional football system of Chinese football will be suspended indefinitely to prevent the risk of corona virus infection.

The Chinese Super League and other tournaments are scheduled to start from February 22. However, with this announcement, tournaments in the world’s most populous country will be suspended indefinitely.

Not only domestic tournaments, but also international tournaments held in China are also affected. While the World Indoor Games in Nanjing was postponed the following year, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic women’s football qualifier held in Wuhan was also relocated to Australia.

In the focused composition of the Chinese women’s team this time, there was no presence of any players from Wuhan. However, teachers and coach Bruno Bini will be isolated in a separate hotel in Brisbane until February 5.

Fear of corona virus, many stars want to leave China

Before the situation of coronary pneumonia outbreak in China, the million dollar foreign soldiers like Marko Arnautovic, Paulinho, Marouane Fellaini began to feel insecure.

Players are expected to consider leaving China before the transfer window closes on January 31. If this happens, it will be a huge loss to the quality of the Chinese Super League, where the clubs are having many stars like Arnautovic, Paulinho, Dembele, Fellaini, Odion Ighalo, Salomon Rondon and Oscar.

Changchun Yatai striker Richairo Zivkovic is also about to flee China, preparing to move to Sheffield United. Former Ajax spearhead has been playing in Asia since February 2019. This striker left many impressions, scoring 16 goals and having 3 assists.

China is one of the countries that attracts many European and American names to compete here. By paying high salaries to foreign soldiers, they easily recruited stars who used to play for the Premier League, La Liga.

Before the outbreak of coronary pneumonia in China, many foreign soldiers had admitted they did not want to return to Europe to compete because the salary in the Chinese Super League was too attractive. But things can now turn around.

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South Korea reached U23 Asian finals

Korea won tickets for the 2020 Olympic Games, after beating Australia 2-0 in the second semi-final of the Asian U23 tournament on January 22.

Goals scored: Dae-won 56 ‘, Dong-gyeong 76’.

Dominating Australia for 90 minutes, South Korea deserved to win the second ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The students Kim Hak Bum finished 21 times the whole match and did not let the opponent hit the goal. The ball went three times to the Australian post, before Dae-won and Dong-gyeong scored goals in the blank posture, helping Korea to win 2-0.

Australia only played on par with opponents in the first 20 minutes. When South Korea gave up the exploration game, opportunities began to come to Korea’s side more. The most dangerous situation in the first half came from Oh Se Hun’s long-range shot in the 24th minute. The 1m93 striker turned around with his left foot, brought the ball to the post.

Korea’s strong point in the tournament is the long shot. This match, almost half of the red-shirt finishes came outside the box. Along with Se Hun, Dae-won is the most aggressive player to shoot. At the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half, the midfielder No. 14 created waves in the direction of goalkeeper Glover.

The huge pressure at the beginning of the second half was concretized by Korea in the 56th minute. Defender Lee You-hyeon broke the post from the right, the ball went to Dae-won and the number 14 player did not miss the opportunity. Kick back into the empty goal.

Australia needs to score in the rest, but is helpless. South Korea has shown it to be healthier, faster, and more skilled in tactics. The students Kim Hak Bum put the ball for two players to be replaced, Dong-jun and Dong-gyeong. The duo constantly rushed past the Australian defenders in the last 20 minutes of the match. In such a situation, Dong-gyeong scored the winner at 76 minutes after finishing on the near corner.

The outstanding performance against Australia showed why South Korea is the only team to win the tournament so far. In the final, they will meet Saudi Arabia – the team has conceded only one goal from the beginning of the tournament. Australia will face Uzbekistan in the third place match, which is also the final match for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

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5 highlights when Thailand stopped in the quarter-finals of Asian U23

Siam Sport appreciates the depth of the Thai squad and expresses regret when Nishino’s teachers and students lost because of a decision from VAR.

Team depth is considered an important factor throughout Thailand’s U23 Asia 2020 journey. In the final match against Iraq, coach Akira Nishino replaced seven positions in the starting line-up. In the match against Saudi Arabia, the pillars of the previous rest are back.

Thailand played with four attacks including Suphanat Mueanta, Supachai Jaided, Supachok Sarachat and Anon Amornlerdsak. Despite many players, Thailand still played smoothly and joined well in the first 20 minutes of the match.

Compared to the 4-2-3-1 scheme that Nishino usually applies to the Thai team, the U23 team came out with a 4-4-2 diagram on January 18, with the intention of beating the opponent.

Suphanat and Anon are constantly moving in the inner corridor (the area between the border and the middle), and Supachok and Supachai actively move back, supporting the ball from the downline. This style of play clearly shows Nishino’s understanding of the opponent, while giving Thailand an impressive first half, despite being underestimated.

In the second half, when physical strength went down, Thailand had to retreat to play counterattack. In the 78th minute, striker Abdullah Al-Hamdan fell in the penalty area of ​​Thailand.

Initially, referee Ahmed Al-Kaf gave Saudi Arabia a free kick on the edge of the penalty area because Soorawit pulled Al-Hamdan shirt from outside the round of 16m50. But after consulting VAR, the Oman referee gave the West Asian team a penalty, despite the fierce reaction of Nishino’s teachers and students when he thought that Soorawit’s ball was not on Al-Hamdan’s foot.

Siam Sport considered this a VAR incident, because the technology did not require the referee Al-Kaf to review the video. In addition, the layout of the arbitration also made the Thai newspaper questioned because all four control arbitrators were from West Asia.

Although there was not much time to find a equalizer, Thailand was not dismayed. Nishino coach immediately put Worachit and Ben Davis on the pitch to strengthen the attack. However, “War Elephants” can not penetrate the tight defense of Saudi Arabia.

Failure in the quarterfinals but Thailand brought many optimistic signals. In addition to the first round of the Asian U23 group, Nishino teachers and students have specific and effective plans to face the top continental teams such as Australia, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Young Thai players dare to play football, and stay cool even when faced with adverse decisions. They really won the hearts of Thai fans.