FIFA.com poursuit son tour d’horizon des stars du ballon rond qui souffleront leurs bougies la semaine prochaine, à l'image de Memphis Depay qui fêtera ses 22 ans ce samedi 13 février.
Hong Myungbo fait actuellement des merveilles au sein de l'arrière-garde de la République de Corée mais aussi à Guangzhou R&F, en Super League chinoise. Il revient pourtant de loin après une absence difficile à avaler à Brésil 2014. Le défenseur en a pourtant retiré une motivation supplémentaire pour travail. Coup de projecteur.
Si l'on consulte les archives olympiques, la qualification du Japon, de la République de Corée et de l'Irak pour le Tournoi Olympique de Football Masculin, Rio 2016, à l'issue du Championnat U-23 de l'AFC, n'a rien d'étonnant. Les trois équipes comptent parmi les plus performantes du continent aux Jeux Olympiques. Elles abordaient donc ce Championnat U-23 de l'AFC en tant que favorites et malgré certains obstacles, elles ont répondu aux attentes. La rétro.
Le Japon et la République de Corée ont validé les deux premiers tickets asiatiques pour le Tournoi Olympique de Football Masculin, Rio 2016 après leurs victoires en demi-finales du Championnat U-23 de l'AFC, respectivement contre l'Irak (2:1) et le Qatar (1:3).
FIFA.com retrace le parcours des grands noms du football mondial qui souffleront leurs bougies durant la semaine à venir, à commencer par Luis Suarez qui fête ses 29 ans ce dimanche 24 janvier.
Le tour final des qualifications asiatiques pour le Tournoi Olympique de Football Masculin, Rio 2016 va bientôt débuter. Seize équipes sont encore en lice pour tenter de décrocher un billet pour le rendez-vous programmé en août. FIFA.com dresse le portrait des concurrents.
Dans cette rubrique dominicale, FIFA.com revient sur le parcours des grands noms du football mondial qui fêteront leur anniversaire durant la semaine à venir, à l'image d'Axel Witsel ou de Pablo Zabaleta.
FIFA.com vous présente une nouvelle série de célébrités du football qui souffleront leurs bougies cette semaine. A l'honneur dans les prochains jours, le Belge Eden Hazard et l'Espagnol David Silva notamment.
Alors que le deuxième tour des qualifications asiatiques pour la Coupe du Monde de la FIFA, Russie 2018™ approche de son dénouement, la tension monte. À deux journées du terme, la République de Corée est sur le point de rejoindre le Qatar, déjà qualifié. Pour les autres favoris de la région, la situation s'annonce plus compliquée s'ils veulent être à la hauteur de leur réputation.
Luiz Felipe Scolari souhaite évidemment s'imposer face au Club América en quart de finale de la Coupe du Monde des Clubs de la FIFA mais les ambitions du technicien brésilien pour Guangzhou Evergrande vont bien au-delà. Il y a deux ans au Maroc, Marcello Lippi avait mené le champion de RP Chine à la quatrième place. À l'instar de son homologue italien, Scolari a remporté la Coupe du Monde de la FIFA™ et la Ligue des champions de l'AFC. Toutefois, le Brésilien entend bien profiter de cette édition 2015 pour surclasser son collègue.
Vainqueur 4:3 de Gamba Osaka sur l'ensemble de son double duel, Sanfrecce Hiroshima vient d'être sacré champion du Japon et s'apprête désormais à disputer sa deuxième Coupe du Monde des Clubs de la FIFA.
L'Asie est depuis longtemps une valeur sûre du football féminin mondial. Le défi est maintenant d'élargir la qualité générale du football pratiqué sur le continent le plus peuplé de la planète. Zoom.
FIFA.com revient sur un mois chargé pour le football féminin, au cours duquel des championnes ont été sacrées, des transferts ont été conclus et des étapes importantes ont été franchies dans des qualifications aux quatre coins du monde.
Qu'il s'agisse de fêter un but, d'échanger son maillot au coup de sifflet final ou de rentrer chez soi avec le ballon du match après un hat-trick, de nombreuses traditions sont venues enrichir le match de football au fil des décennies. FIFA.com vous propose un tour d'horizon des différentes habitudes qui sont autant de manières de vivre un match de football.
Le tournoi qui a contribué à lancer les carrières de Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi et d'innombrables autres stars du football mondial arrive en République de Corée, et son calendrier vient juste d'être dévoilé.
FIFA.com propose la rétrospective du Championnat Féminin U-16 de l'AFC 2015, qui s'est soldé par la victoire de la RDP Corée sur le Japon en finale. Les deux finalistes sont qualifiés pour la Coupe du Monde Féminine U-17 de la FIFA, qui aura lieu l'an prochain en Jordanie.
FIFA.com fait un tour d'horizon de la prochaine journée des qualifications asiatiques pour la Coupe du Monde de la FIFA. Alors qu'une hiérarchie commence à s'établir, quelques outsiders défient les poids lourds.
Ce jeudi 12 novembre, la Thaïlande et la République de Corée ont fait un pas important vers la qualification lors de la septième journée des préliminaires asiatiques pour la Coupe du Monde de la FIFA, Russie 2018™ qui a vu l'Iran, les Émirats Arabes Unis, l'Australie et la RP Chine renouer avec le succès.
La consécration du Nigeria pour la cinquième fois de son histoire a été le principal enseignement de la Coupe du Monde U-17 de la FIFA, Chili 2015. Mais pas le seul. Avec la deuxième place décrochée par le Mali, on a assisté pour la deuxième fois dans l'histoire de l'épreuve à une finale entre deux équipes d'une même confédération. Ainsi, le slogan "la fête sur notre terrain" que le Chili avait choisi pour le tournoi s'est transformé en une fête africaine.
Un nouveau nom vient d'être gravé sur la Copa Libertadores, une compétition sur laquelle le Brésil continue de régner. Le parfum brésilien s'est diffusé jusqu'en République de Corée, où une saison remarquable vient de prendre fin. Final somptueux également au Japon tandis qu'en Nouvelle-Zélande, les attaquantes ont été à l'honneur.
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There were goals aplenty on Tuesday as the final composition of the AFC Champions League was determined with eight play-off matches.
No less than six FIFA World Cup stars feature in our weekly birthday round-up, including winners at Switzerland 1954 and Korea/Japan 2002, as well as a 2012 FIFA Club World Cup champion.
FIFA.com reviews all the action as Japan, Korea Republic and Iraq underlined their pedigree at this level to qualify for Rio 2016.
Japan and Korea Republic grabbed Asia's first two tickets to the Men's Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016 in dramatic fashion after winning their respective semi-finals late on against Iraq and Qatar at the AFC U-23 Championship in Doha.
In our weekly birthday round-up, we include stars from the 2014 FIFA World Cup, while two Club World Cup and Women's World Cup winners also feature.
The field for AFC’s three berths for this year’s Men’s Olympic Football Tournament in Rio has narrowed to eight, following the conclusion of the group stage in the AC U-23 Championship.
Asia's final qualification for the Men's Olympic Football Tournament at Rio 2016 begins at the start of the new year with 16 sides vying for a place in the global showpiece this August. FIFA.com previews the upcoming competition and takes a closer look at the contenders eager to take a trip to Rio.
This week, in our regular birthday round-up, we feature a whopping four stars from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil - three of which made it to the last eight, and one started the final.
In our regular Sunday feature, we preview the week's footballing birthdays, with a Spanish schemer, a Belgian superstar and a Korean keeper all celebrating over the next seven days.
The year in Asian qualifying for Russia 2018 has been one to savour for all those who enjoy a surprise, with minnows making waves and favourites faltering as only Qatar end the year with a guaranteed spot in the next round.
Luiz Felipe Scolari is fully expecting Guangzhou Evergrande to dispatch Club America on Sunday and book a semi-final berth against Barcelona at the scene of his greatest triumph as a coach.
Sanfrecce Hiroshima have been crowned champions of Japan, reaching their second FIFA Club World Cup in the process, after securing a 4-3 aggregate victory against Gamba Osaka.
Asia has long been a massive force in women’s football and now the Asian Football Confederation pan to build further upon that strong platform across the entire continent.
The latest UEFA Women's EURO 2017 qualifying action features alongside the handing out of silverware in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America as FIFA.com rounds up the biggest news in women's football over the past month.
We look around the world at some of the more varied elements that go into a day out at the football, from questionable culinary choice to journalists' pre-match tactical insights from the coach and eye-catching mascots.
The tournament that helped launch the careers of Maradona, Messi and countless others is coming to Korea Republic, and the Match Schedule has just been unveiled.
FIFA.com reviews the 2015 AFC U-16 Women's Championship, which concluded on Sunday with Korea DPR edging Japan to the continental title and sent the two finalists to next year's FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Jordan.
Thursday's 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ qualifying matchday in Asia saw Thailand and Korea Republic close on progression with victories.
FIFA.com looks back on a memorable FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile, which brought joy for Nigeria and breakthrough successes for the likes of Mali and Belgium, as well as heralding the arrival of several new stars.
Penang head coach Jacksen Tiago hopes his side can cope with the extra demands of the Malaysia Super League. PENANG -- This popular tourist destination may be famous around the world for the quality of its street eats, but the food available outside the old city stadium is still mostly standard football fare: burgers and kebabs. Those wanting Laksa, Char Kway Teow or a Nyonya curry may be disappointed, but the fans were just here for the football. A recent preseason friendly with Kuala Lumpur FA was an appetiser for the main course -- a first season back in the Malaysia Super League (MSL) -- so with the...
Son Heung-min's move to the Premier League was a crucial one for South Korean football. South Korean fans have plenty to be proud of, after their national team's impressive 2015 record, and products like Tottenham Hotspur winger Son Heung-min making a seamless transition from the Bundesliga to the Premier League. But 2016 promises to be a pivotal year for the Taeguk Warriors and top Korean clubs and players. Here are five South Korean wishes for the New Year. 1. More national team success The best thing that can happen for the South Korean national team for the New Year is to see old...
Jang Jung returned to Bedok Stadium where played for Geylang in the S.League in the late 1990s. The stern expression on his chiseled face as he bellowed out instructions to his teammates was a sight to behold for the Kallang faithful while visiting attackers didn't dare mess with the tough South Korean centre-back. Part of Singapore's dream team of 1994, who won the Malaysian league and cup double, Jang Jung was the defensive rock in a side loaded with attacking talent. After playing for one of K-League's top clubs Lucky-Goldstar Hwangso -- now known as FC Seoul -- Jang became familiar to...
Cahill has now scored 45 goals in 88 international games since making his Australia debut in 2004. Australia's record-scorer Tim Cahill grabbed a first half hat trick as the Asian champions eased to a 4-0 victory over Bangladesh in an AFC 2018 World Cup qualifier in Dhaka on Tuesday night. Cahill took his Socceroos' tally to 45 goals in 88 international matches as he opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a simple header before adding to his account in the 32nd and 38th minutes. Captain Mile Jedinak grabbed Australia's fourth goal two minutes before half-time before a more resilient defensive...
Australian captain Mile Jedinak gave the Socceroos the lead from the penalty spot in the 40th minute. Captain Mile Jedinak helped Australia get their AFC World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with a first-half penalty in his comeback from injury in the 3-0 victory over Kyrgyzstan in Canberra. Referee Kim Sang-woo pointed to the spot in the 39th minute after the jinking run of substitute Nathan Burns was met by a clumsy challenge from midfielder Islam Shamshiev. Jedinak, playing his 60th international, placed his spot kick into the top right hand corner past goalkeeper Pavel Matiash in his...
Though the team did not make it to the knockout round, Japan's squad at the Rugby World Cup could be a model for Asian footballing nations. Japan's efforts at the 2015 Rugby World Cup were heroic, and it is cruel indeed when a team wins three out of four matches and still goes home at the end of the group stage. Yet there were plenty of lessons that Asian football teams can learn from Japanese exploits in England over the past few weeks. Here are five things Asian football can learn from their rugby-playing counterparts in Japan: 1. Be aggressive, even against the very best Fortune favoured the Brave Blossoms late in the game in a win...
Jamaica's Errol Stevens, top, fights for the ball with South Korea's Lee Jae-sung. South Korea won a friendly on Tuesday while Iran and Japan played to a draw as some of Asia's biggest teams had the day off from World Cup qualifying. South Korea eased to a 3-0 win over Jamaica. Ji Dong-won opened the scoring in the 35th minute with a header following a corner kick. Ki Sung-yueng's penalty gave South Korea a 2-0 lead in the second half, and Hwang Ui-jo put the game out of reach. Iran held Japan to a 1-1 draw in Tehran. Mehdi Torabi scored for the hosts just before half-time, pouncing...
South Korea continued their fine form in 2015 with a slim 1-0 win in Kuwait. After another round of 2018 World Cup qualification, recent results suggest that Iran might be the continent's top team, according to FIFA's rankings. Or maybe that distinction belongs to continental champions Australia. Yet when it really comes down to it, overall in 2015, South Korea have been Asia's number one. The Taeguk Warriors, who started the year by reaching the final of the Asian Cup, have been going from strength to strength, as their 1-0 victory in Kuwait on Thursday in a vital qualifier...
Australia were downed 2-0 by Jordan in Amman on Thursday night. The halfway stage of the second round of qualification for the 2018 World Cup was all about the big boys from East Asia -- Japan, South Korea, China -- and beyond (Australia) travelling significant distances to face mid-level West Asian teams away from home. Two won and two lost in an exciting night of Asian football. There was little to smile about in Amman for Australia as the men in green and gold lost in their second successive visit. The Socceroos crashed in Jordan in qualification for the...
ESPN FC's Janusz Michallik questions whether Australia might have been a bit complacent heading into in their AFC World Cup qualifying loss against Jordan. Jordan scored twice in the second half to upset continental champions Australia 2-0 on Thursday and move to the top of Group B in the second round of Asian qualifying for the World Cup. The result, in front of a passionate home crowd in Amman, gave Jordan a one point lead over the Socceroos with four games remaining. Jordan's pace troubled the Asian Cup winners for most of the game and the hosts took the lead two minutes into the second half when Hassan Abdel Fattah blasted a penalty high into...
Korean billionaire and FIFA presidential hopeful Chung Mong-joon has refused to say whether he promised Prince William over a glass of whisky that he would back England's bid for the 2018 World Cup. England's bid leaders accused Chung of reneging on his promise after the vote in 2010, and also told FIFA's ethics investigators that the Korean had promised to trade his vote in return for England's FIFA vice-president Geoff Thompson voting for Korea's 2022 bid. Chung confirmed that he had met Prince...
ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes previews Bayern Munich's match vs. Augsburg, as Augsburg are the only side to defeat Pep Guardiola's side twice. Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl and his team face champions Bayern Munich at the weekend as they try to turn around their poor form. The club, who confounded expectations by finishing fifth in the Bundesliga last season, have lost their first two home games of the season. Their only point of the campaign so far has come away to Frankfurt, leaving them one place outside the relegation zone in the early-season table. "We are aware that Augsburg are a small club which has played above its limits in...
Tottenham Hotspur's new signing Son Heung-Min scored a hat trick as South Korea recorded an emphatic 8-0 win over Laos in Asian World Cup qualifying Group G. Son, who signed for Tottenham from Bayer Leverkusen last week, was joined on the scoresheet by Lee Chung-Yong, Lee Jae-sung, Chang-Hoon Kwon (two) and Hyun-Jun Suk to make it two wins from as many games. Also in Group G, Kuwait cruised to a 9-0 win over Myanmar. The hosts already led 6-0 when Zaw Aung was sent off in the 68th minute, and Bader...
Koo Ja-Cheol has changed Bundesliga teams to sign with Augsburg. Augsburg have signed South Korea international Koo Ja-Cheol from Mainz on a two-year contract. Koo, now 26, scored eight goals in 36 games for Augsburg while on loan from Wolfsburg during the 2012-13 season and returns on a permanent basis. "After he left Augsburg we remained in regular contact," director of sport Stefan Reuter told his club's official website. "When this opportunity to sign him arose, we seized it. "He knows the club, the surroundings, as well as the coach and the team, so Koo...
HAMBURG, Germany -- South Korea youth international Seo Young-Jae has joined Hamburg from Seoul-based side Hanyang University on a busy day for the Bundesliga club. Hamburg say the 20-year-old Seo has signed a three-year-deal, to 2018, after impressing coach Bruno Labbadia in a trial, and that he will initially join their under-23 team. Seo, a left-back, has played for South Korea's under-19 and under-21 sides. Der Südkoreaner Young-Jae Seo hat einen 3-Jahres-Vertrag unterschrieben& soll über...
Chung Mong-joon has told L'Equipe fellow FIFA presidential candidate Michel Platini should have done more to tackle corruption within global football's governing body. Chung, 63, has declared he will stand against Platini, 60, in the election to succeed Sepp Blatter at the head of FIFA in February. The South Korean claimed the UEFA president missed an opportunity to deal with the climate of corruption within FIFA when Platini worked closely with Blatter, 79, in the late '90s. FIFA CRISIS - Prince Ali confirms intention to run for FIFA president - FIFA not credible with Blatter - Ali | Investigation - Chung slams Platini | Platini announces candidacy - Marcotti: Carrard talks Blatter-style nonsense - Blatter resigns | What you need to know | Social - FIFA officials arrested at dawn in Zurich | The defendants - Munson: The legal implications | What has been said - Explainer: FIFA's ugly game | Timeline of corruption "It's very fashionable...
FIFA presidential aspirant Chung Mong-joon says Michel Platini isn't the right person to usher in a new era of football. South Korea's former FIFA vice president Chung Mong-joon has criticised the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for endorsing fellow presidential aspirant and UEFA president Michel Platini, whom he says isn't the right person to usher in a new era of football. Chung, a prominent Korean businessman, is contemplating formally announcing his candidature for FIFA presidency in Paris on Aug. 17. Speaking to Malaysian newspaper The Star, 61-year-old Chung questioned the decision of AFC president Sheikh...
China are the hosts for the East Asian Cup and are seeking their their third title. The East Asian Cup is an unusual tournament. The trophy itself doesn't really matter; few fans would be able to describe what it looks like much less name the nations to have lifted it since it came into existence in 2003 (China and South Korea have won it twice and Japan have one win). Yet, lose the three games against close, in all senses of the word, rivals and coaches may find that their positions are not as secure as they think. And if you asked fans in South Korea, Japan, China and North Korea...
Chung Mong-Joon has confirmed he plans to run for the FIFA presidency at next year's election, saying Michel Platini is not the right man for the job. The South Korean, a former FIFA vice-president, said earlier this month that a non-European leader would help breathe "new wind" into world football's governing body. UEFA president Platini has also confirmed that he plans to challenge for the position when Sepp Blatter's reign comes to an end at the election on Feb. 26. Chung told the BBC's...
Former MLS boss Martin Rennie took charge of Korean second tier side Seoul E-Land last year and is dreaming big. Seoul 1988. Members of the international media were enjoying a few beers around the US military base in the Korean capital when word started to spread of a huge story. Calls were made, mouths were dropped and copies were written as one of the biggest scandals in Olympic history came to light. 27 years later the biggest sports story coming out of the huge stadium on the south bank of the mighty Han River is not a steroid-taking Ben Johnson but Martin Rennie and Seoul E-Land FC. The Scot is building...
Hong Myung-bo quits as coach of South Korea after a disappointing World Cup campaign in Brazil.
Ten-man Belgium beat South Korea to finish top of their World Cup group and set up a last-16 tie against USA.
Algeria move up to second in Fifa World Cup Group H as they overcome South Korea in Porto Alegre.
Fabio Capello's Russia come from behind to earn a draw with South Korea in Group H thanks to an Aleksandr Kerzhakov goal.
Jordan Ayew scores a hat-trick after coming off the bench as Ghana sweep aside South Korea 4-0 in a World Cup warm-up.
Cardiff's Kim Bo-kyong and Sunderland's on-loan midfielder Ki Sung-yeung are named in South Korea's World Cup squad.
Former Manchester United and South Korea midfielder Park Ji-Sung retires from football at the age of 33.
Fifa's Jerome Valcke says there is a chance infrastructure may not be "totally ready" for the start of the World Cup.
A mayor in southern Brazil says his city may drop out of June's football World Cup if the state assembly does not pass key legislation this week.
Spain will open their defence of the World Cup against 2010 finalists Netherlands at next year's tournament in Brazil.