Uzbekistan coach Rauf Inileev has named a strong squad with six overseas-based players for the AFC Asian Cup 2007™.
An old rivalry will resume in the final round of Asian qualifying for the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Beijing 2008, after Athens 2004 semi-finalists Iraq were pitted against Korea DPR at Wednesday’s draw ceremony. Joining the long-time adversaries in Group A were Lebanon and Australia, who booked their passage courtesy of a second-placed finish behind group winners Saudi Arabia in the previous phase.
Asian champions Japan have leapfrogged Iran and Australia into top position in the latest FIFA World Ranking for the month of May, less than a month before the AFC Asian Cup™ kicks off in Bangkok.
The draw for the AFC Final Round Qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games has been made with Japan, who were the only team to qualify with a flawless record in the second stage, handed a tough outing in Group C against the likes of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Vietnam.
The draws for the knockout stages of the AFC Champions League 2007 and AFC Cup 2007 will be held tomorrow at AFC House along with the draw for the AFC Final Round for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
The 2007 AFC Asian Cup starts on July 7th bringing together the 16 best footballing nations from across the region. In a format common to international soccer tournaments, the teams are divided into four groups, with each featuring just one of the quartet of hosts – Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
Uzbekistan international forward Maxim Shatskikh helped Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine) to clinch title on Sunday.
Akmal Holmatov fired a hat-trick as Neftchi Fergana demolished Bukhara 4-0 in the 12th round of the Uzbekistan League recently.
During its visit in Uzbekistan Korean delegation headed by the President of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) Mr. Choue Chung-Won met the Speaker of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis (parliament) of Uzbekistan, Honourary Chairman of Taekwondo Association of Uzbekistan Erkin Halilov.