AFC Reviews Asian Teams’ FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Performance

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) conducted the annual National Coaches Online Session 2023 to analyze the performance of the Asian teams during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tournament.The virtual workshop, which featured a star-studded line-up …

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) conducted the annual National Coaches Online Session 2023 to analyze the performance of the Asian teams during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tournament.

The virtual workshop, which featured a star-studded line-up of some of the world’s most celebrated football personalities, including the likes of German legend Jurgen Klinsmann and Switzerland’s Pascal Zuberbuhler, was yet another indication of the Confederation’s determination in ensuring the success of Asian teams on the world stage.

The program started with AFC Technical Director Andy Roxburgh giving participants a comprehensive overview of the performance of Asian teams in the World Cup.

“While there is still a long way to go, this FIFA World Cup was a wonderful demonstration of the potential that Asian teams possess,” said Roxburgh.

He added: “The Asian teams took on some of the biggest European and South American teams and produced results which have given us grounds for optimism.” The programme then delved into an in-depth discussion with the coaches of the Asian squads at the FIFA World Cup as they highlighted some of the common trends, drawing attention to the high number of goals that were scored from collective counter-attacks and crosses while also pointing out the distinct fall in the conversion rates of set-pieces.

The experts also alluded to the need for Asian teams to uplift their mental and physical fortitude as well as the requirement for coaches to develop a clear game plan for the teams to follow.

The conversation then moved on to the ever-evolving role of the modern goalkeeper where Swiss legend and FIFA Senior Football Expert Pascal Zuberbuhler emphasised the need for goalkeepers to be more in sync with the defensive line.

Participants got the opportunity to hear from 1990 FIFA World Cup champion and newly appointed Korea Republic Head Coach, Jurgen Klinsmann who hailed the laser sharp focus that was flaunted by some of the Asian teams, helping them power past former world champions such as Germany and Spain.

Before the virtual meeting concluded, participants discussed the key learnings from the tournament for long-term development, such as increasing the opportunity to play competitively at the elite youth level and the need to educate young players in the art of reading the game.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Second Section of General Men’s Volleyball League Kicks Off Sunday

The competitions of the second section of the general men’s volleyball league will start Sunday. The league will be concluded on April 19, and all its matches will be held at the Qatar Volleyball Association’s hall, with the participation of 8 teams.T…

The competitions of the second section of the general men’s volleyball league will start Sunday. The league will be concluded on April 19, and all its matches will be held at the Qatar Volleyball Association’s hall, with the participation of 8 teams.

The second section’s matches will start tomorrow with Al-Ahli taking on Al-Arabi and Al-Rayyan playing against Al-Gharafa.

The 8 participating teams play in two groups. The first includes Al-Rayyan, Al-Ahli, Al-Arabi and Al-Gharafa, while the second has Police, Qatar, Al- Wakra and Al Khor.

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City Defeat Liverpool in Premier League

Manchester City defeated Liverpool 4-1 on Saturday in Matchday 29 of the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium.Mohammed Salah opened the scoring for the Reds in the 17th minute.After that, the home side was in full control of the game with Julian Alvar…

Manchester City defeated Liverpool 4-1 on Saturday in Matchday 29 of the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium.

Mohammed Salah opened the scoring for the Reds in the 17th minute.

After that, the home side was in full control of the game with Julian Alvarez leveling the game in the 27th minute.

In the second half, Kevin De Bruyne put City ahead in the 46th minute, then Ilkay Gundogan netted the third for home side in the 53rd minute.

Jack Grealish scored the fourth goal for Manchester City in the 74th minute.

City raised their tally to 64 points, five points behind league leaders Arsenal.

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QNB Stars League/ Al Gharafa Vs Al Markhiya Pre-Match Press Conference

Al Markhiya coach Abdullah Mubarak spoke to the media ahead of their 2022-2023 season QNB Stars League Week 18 match against Al Gharafa.”The upcoming matches in the league need redoubled efforts and focus. We will play these games as if they are cup m…

Al Markhiya coach Abdullah Mubarak spoke to the media ahead of their 2022-2023 season QNB Stars League Week 18 match against Al Gharafa.

“The upcoming matches in the league need redoubled efforts and focus. We will play these games as if they are cup matches and each match has its own importance.

“It’s true that we lost to Al Rayyan in the last round, but they are a big team and have good players. We could score more than one goal against them. The players felt that they had the ability to compete with big teams such as Al Rayyan, who strengthened their ranks with foreign professional players from Japan, Morocco and Chile. However, we have turned that page and are looking forward,” said Abdullah Mubarak.

For his part Al Gharafa coach Pedro Martins said that the remaining matches of the league will be difficult for his team, that seek a spot in the final four.

He added that the team worked to take advantage of the past break to prepare by playing a friendly match with the South Korean Olympic team, looking forwards to achieve victory in tomorrow’s fixture to continue the quest for the semi-finals.

Al Gharafa coach indicated that he would be cautious in tomorrow’s match, pointing that Al Markhiya is one of the good teams that show remarkable performances.

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FIFA Forward Helps Fund Lebanon Stadia Regrowth

The International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) announced its assistance in the restoration of four stadiums in Lebanon, as part of the third edition of the FIFA Forward program that was launched in January 2023, providing a more comprehen…

The International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) announced its assistance in the restoration of four stadiums in Lebanon, as part of the third edition of the FIFA Forward program that was launched in January 2023, providing a more comprehensive funding and support of football development projects across the world than ever before. for football development projects around the world.

Two successful iterations of the programme have been completed since its inception in 2016 with over USD 2.8 billion committed to a diverse array of plans that provide locally-relevant backing to the needs of the six confederations and 211 member associations.

In total, FIFA Forward funds of USD 1,292,532 were invested into the renovation of four Lebanese stadiums: Al Safa Stadium, Sin El Fil Municipal stadium, Al Ahed Stadium and the Zgharta Sports Complex.

The importance of these stadiums is represented in the fact that they assist the Lebanese Football Association at all levels, namely: Running Domestic competitions, Hosting womens and girls competitions, Youth competitions, National teams activities (men and women) coaching and refereeing workshops.

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FIFA Bans Tottenham Managing Director

FIFA banned of Tottenham Hotspur managing director Fabio Paratici worldwide for alleged false accounting.The decision means that Paratici may have to step down from his position with the London-based club. He is banned in Italy for the same charges, w…

FIFA banned of Tottenham Hotspur managing director Fabio Paratici worldwide for alleged false accounting.

The decision means that Paratici may have to step down from his position with the London-based club. He is banned in Italy for the same charges, which he allegedly engaged in with Juventus.

The 50-year-old Italian held the position of sports and administrative director at Juventus, before joining Tottenham in June 2021.

FIFA said in a statement that “following a request by the Italian FA (FIGC), the chairperson of FIFA disciplinary committee has decided to extend the sanctions imposed by FIGC on several football officials to have worldwide effect.”

Source: Qatar News Agency