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巴尔韦德妻子:“曾穷到只吃超市的试吃食品也要坚持看球”

皇马中场巴尔韦德的妻子米娜,原来是一位非常狂热的河床球迷。这位来自阿根廷的电视台主播透露,自己试过即便竭尽所能,也要飞到马德里观看河床对阵博卡青年的2018南美解放者杯决赛。

“当时我只买了单程的机票就前往西班牙了,我买不起回程的机票因为实在是太贵了。当时,我都没有多余的钱去买食物了。我去了超市然后专门吃所有的试吃食品。那儿有起司、三明治,反正我就拿了所有不用钱的东西来填饱肚子。”

“我那时还住在了只需要3欧元的民宿。同一间房里还有三名河床的球迷,以及一位来自俄罗斯的老人。”

值得一提的是,这还不是米娜唯一糟糕的看球经历。

“在河床征战世俱杯时,我提前买了回程的机票,但却被迫多待在迪拜2-3天,因为我们输给了阿尔艾因。我只能乘搭便宜的班机飞返阿根廷,因此我在机场待了一晚,睡在纸皮上还有我随身带着的枕头。隔天我才顺利飞回家。”

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'Football Goddess' Shin A-young elected to KFA board

The election of celebrity announcer Shin A-young to the Korean Football Association (KFA) board of directors has attracted plenty of attention.


The 34-year-old host and television personality was the unexpected addition when the new board members were announced on Wednesday (January 27) following the KFA’s annual general meeting. 


The KFA explained that Shin was elected to the board due to her vast knowledge of football and her expertise in the media sector.


Shin definitely deserves her place on the board based on her experience in the sports industry in South Korea.


She entered the broadcasting industry as a host for the local Korean sports channel SBS in 2013. Throughout her line of work, she has hosted various sports programmes and interviewed many sports personalities, including footballers. 


An alumnus of the Harvard University, she is fluent in four languages – Korean, English, German and Spanish.


Relying on her language efficiency, she was at ease in interviewing foreign football personalities for the sports channel, thus earning her the nickname “Football Goddess”.


Among her accomplishments in football includes holding a press conference for the world football body (FIFA) president Gianni Infantino.


It was only after building a strong reputation as a competent host and announcer for sports programmes that she ventured into other fields, especially entertainment.


The celebrity is one of the 11 board members named in the latest KFA set-up.

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JDT签下狼队20岁新星温绍康

虽然JDT的实力在国内可谓傲视群雄,但南方之虎并没有就此停下脚步的意思。自本月中旬签下了阿根廷前锋乔纳森·埃雷拉后,球队宣布签下了来自英超狼队U23的中场温绍康。

由于温绍康与狼队的合约将在今年6月才到期,因此他将赶不上暂定于35日开打的马超新赛季。虽然他出生于英国伦敦,但其母亲是大马华裔,因此这位新星具备为大马出战的资格。

温绍康是一名极具潜力的中场球员,狼队主帅努诺曾给出这样的评价:“他曾在2019英超亚洲杯中获得两次一线队的出场机会,其中包括了对阵曼城的决赛。他的表现非常棒,让我留下了深刻的印象。事实上,U23队的事务并不是由我负责,但我也会密切的关注这班年轻人。他们经常和一线队合练,而他们在比赛和训练中的表现,都证明了自己有能力作为一线队的替补人选。”

能够获得名帅的赞赏,温绍康绝对不会是泛泛之辈。虽然暂时将无缘看到这位新星在英超赛场上奔驰,但也希望他能够在JDT兑现自己的天赋。

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Tennis star Osaka now owns a football team

Naomi Osaka has added supporting women’s access to sports to her long list of causes after becoming an owner of the North Carolina Courage football team.

The 23-year-old Japanese tennis superstar has invested in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) professional team based in North Carolina.

Osaka said after becoming the team’s new owner: "The women who have invested in me growing up made me who I am today, I don't know where I would be without them."

She believes that her support for women’s football will encourage more girls to take up the sport.

The tennis player, who amassed US$37.4 million in prize money and endorsements in 2020 alone, has been listed by Forbes as the richest female athlete in the world after surpassing her idol Serena Williams.

As a social activist, she is known to use her popularity and standing in sport to champion major causes, as witnessed by her bold statements and action to support the “Black Lives Matter” movement last year.

The former world No. 1 shot to stardom after winning the 2018 US Open title. She won another two Grand Slam events – the 2019 French Open and 2020 US Open, and is currently ranked third in the world.

Osaka, who was born in Japan to a Haitian father and Japanese mother, has lived and trained in the United States since she was three. Besides tennis, she is known to be an ardent football and basketball fan.

The North Carolina Courage, which was only set up in 2017 are one of the strong contenders in the NWSL. After finishing runners-up in their debut season, they went on to win the league title in 2018 and 2019.

Among the more well-known players of the club include the United States national team players Lynn Williams, Jessica McDonald and Hailie Mace and Brazilian international Debinha, who has made over 100 appearances for her country.

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2020国王杯决赛时间终敲定,毕包有望成另类三冠王!

本在去年就该决出冠军归属的2020国王杯决赛,由于皇家社会和毕尔巴鄂竞技都希望在球迷入场的情况下进行,因此一再延期。

无论如何,由于西班牙始终没能管控疫情,这两支巴斯克球队在无可奈何之下,最终同意将在空场的情况下进行这场比赛。据西媒的报导,2020国王杯决赛将在202143日举行。

有趣的是,2021国王杯决赛则会在两周后,也就是417日进行。如此一来,在本赛季国王杯已经杀进八强的毕尔巴鄂竞技,有望上演在两周内连夺两座国王杯的奇景。

加上球队此前接连战胜皇马巴萨夺下的西超杯,毕包正满怀期望完成这史无前例的另类三冠王。

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“不是老表”:带领台湾踢进世界杯、成西甲第一人!袁永诚坚信的足球梦

出生在“足球沙漠”,就代表要放弃梦想吗?这个“定律”,对台湾18岁小将袁永诚来说,并不成立。

 

或许现在的“好小子”袁永诚名不见经传,但人小志气高的他,如果可以在未来几年闯出一片春天,那阿表也会为他深感骄傲。

 

一步一脚印,需要的是强韧的毅力和决心,从西班牙青年二级联赛俱乐部兰格里奥转会至瓦伦西亚区西丙联赛帕特纳青年A队的袁永诚,订下了在3年内踢西甲的宏远目标。

 

同兰格里奥一样,帕特纳也是西班牙青年二级联赛的其中一队,但由于处身竞争激烈的瓦伦西亚区,他们的对手实力相对更强,其中就包括了瓦伦西亚、莱万特和比利亚雷亚尔等西甲队的梯队。表现好的话,获得有关俱乐部球探关注推荐、进而上位的机会很大。

 

西甲距离台湾球员有多远,可能比地图上的1万多公里还更看不到尽头,就连东亚足球强国日本和韩国,现阶段都没有太多球员可以踏上或在这个舞台站稳。袁永诚要成为台湾第一人,大多数人都会认为是痴心妄想,但如果不敢于作梦,人生就毫无意义了。

 

曾在中国广东富力切尔西足球学校接受训练的袁永诚,固然希望成功“取西经”,但他最终的心愿是带领台湾打进世界杯。

 

哈哈哈,可能吗?不要笑,冰岛的奇迹告诉世人,只要相信,世上没有不可能的事。

 

2018年俄罗斯世界杯,首次亮相世界杯殿堂的冰岛成为了焦点,这支名不见经传的球队不像传统豪强有哪几个叫得出名号的球员,但在面对球王梅西领衔的阿根廷时,门将成功挡下梅西的点球,加上全队将士用命,最终在首战逼平了阿根廷。这个人口不到40万的欧洲岛国,是世界杯史上人口最少的参赛国,却用足球让世界更认识他们。

 

在台湾,世界杯是遥不可及的向往,也许比起成为职业足球员,台湾踢进世界杯的难度更大。

 

“有生之年不知道看得到台湾踢进世界杯吗?”这句玩笑话,反而像是在陈述一件事实,看上去很心酸、很无奈,但也无从推翻。马来西亚人,相信也感同身受。

 

虽然是全世界最受欢迎的运动,但足球在台湾社会依旧是被“边缘化”的运动。在过去的历史与教育下,台湾年轻一辈多半喜爱棒球与篮球,足球对他们来说非常陌生。

 

不少台湾人每逢在世界杯结束后,都“变成”了足球迷。台湾电视台近年也引进了英超、德甲和欧冠直播,让球迷收看欧洲足球。可惜眼前的事实是,台湾足球迷仍然很少,收视率偏低就是明证。

 

就连水平不能与欧冠相比、亚足联每年举办的亚冠和亚足联杯赛,台湾人也不感冒。纵使台电曾在2011年赢过亚足联主席杯(2005年创办、2014年停办),也激不起足球在台湾的风潮。

 

目前在台湾,最高级别的联赛是在2017年成立的台湾企业甲级联赛,半职业制,取代了原先的全国城市联赛。

 

8队角逐的台甲,以4月至12月为一个赛季。每一队在赛季中需进行3轮双循环赛,分别在4月至6月、6月至8月以及8月至12月进行,每轮每队需参与7场比赛,21场赛事结束后,积分榜第一为冠军,代表台湾参加下赛季亚足联杯。

 

2021年亚足联杯日前才进行了抽签,台南市台湾钢铁将与香港的东方龙狮、理文和蒙古的220竞技同在J组争夺出线门票。

 

由于台湾过去几年采取与香港一样的归化政策,代表队近年来水平进步明显,一度高踞世界第121;如果能够继续重点发展足球,要进一步提高实力,并非天方夜谭。

 

不过,政治永远是台湾最大的问题。台湾政府外交处境日渐被中国边缘化,忙于自身内政改革之余,想要对足球运动表达关爱,依旧困难重重。

 

台湾足球的梦想,究竟会乘载到何方,没有人知道,但至少新生代如小袁,始终坚信着。既然如此,为何在开始前就放弃呢?

 

“足球是我的生命,从一开始踢球我就想要走这条路,即便输球也没有改变过这个想法。我相信,梦想终将赢得回报”……衷心祝福你,袁永诚。

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“小胖讲波”:留住姆巴佩、签梅西拉莫斯,波帅欲组无敌战舰?

波切蒂诺正式接下大巴黎的教鞭之时,正意味着他接下了足坛最艰难的工作之一。也许是因为索帅成功续命让他错失了重返英超的机会,或是能够体验土豪大手脚花钱的机会,甚至是赋闲在家太久坐不住了,又或是以上原因皆是,反正波帅就是顶着巨大压力与球员时期的旧东家大巴黎牵手了。

要知道被解雇的图赫尔,在上赛季赢得了国内的三冠王,并在欧冠杀进了决赛。本赛季欧冠死亡之组以头名出现,联赛也仅以一分落后榜首,但因与管理层意见不一就这样被干掉了。这样的工作,除非是想着来骗违约金,不然压力绝对是大到爆灯的。

值得注意的是,本赛季大巴黎几乎没有一场比赛不是缺少四五位首发球员的。尽管他们的阵容厚度在法甲首屈一指,但如此大面积的伤病始终还是对球队造成了不小的影响。

由此可见,波帅想要带领大巴黎冲击更多荣誉,首要条件就是控制住球队的伤病问题。然而,大巴黎的阵容目前老将偏多,34岁的纳瓦斯、29岁的弗洛伦齐、31岁的埃雷拉、32岁的迪马利亚等。在波帅注重不断跑动需要大量体能支撑的战术体系当中,这些老将恐怕会吃不消,甚至就此引发另一波伤病潮。

此外,习惯了只需承担极少防守任务的两大巨星内马尔和姆巴佩,又会否愿意每场比赛都替波帅卖命奔跑,迎合他的战术要求呢?如此看来,波帅在本赛季要把球队的成绩稳住,就已经需要面临各种挑战了。

乐观的情况下,大巴黎继续称霸国内赛事,欧冠至少进入四强。这样的成绩,波帅自然有底气与管理层周旋,争取与姆巴佩续约,再签下恨不得现在就能离队的梅西和拉莫斯,组建无敌战舰以便冲击欧冠的计划相信也会获得俱乐部的支持。

半路执教大巴黎绝对是波帅的一大考验,若能够带领俱乐部在欧冠取得突破,树立雕像基本上就跑不了了。反之,若大巴黎成绩一般或是丢冠,内马尔或是姆巴佩告状高层波帅限制了他们的发挥,那么相信走人的只会是后者。届时,所有雄心壮志的计划,又会由哪一位主帅来实施呢?

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ACL final hero Negrao leaves Ulsan to go China

The decision to part ways with Brazilian striker Junior Negrao was mutually agreed by the AFC Champions League winners Ulsan Hyundai.

Negrao, who netted both the goals in Ulsan’s ACL final 2-1 win over Iran’s Persepolis in December, leaves the K-League after three seasons with the Asian champs.

The 34-year-old will next head to the Chinese Super League, with the newly promoted Changchun Yatai widely believed to be his destination.

Negrao bid farewell to Ulsan on the club’s social media on Thursday (January 28), saying it was time to move on after three years with the South Korean club.

During his time there, he scored 67 goals in 94 appearances in all competitions, including seven strikes to finish joint top scorer in the ACL last year. The ACL triumph was his first and only major silverware with Ulsan.

Ulsan and their head coach Hong Myung-bo did not stand in Negrao’s way, as they are currently planning on reducing the Ulsan squad age by replacing the veterans with younger players.

In his younger days, Negrao had been an average footballer who played for a different Brazil club almost every year. It was only in 2016, at the age of 29, that he shone following a move to Thailand.

He was signed by Muangthong United but loaned out immediately to Pattaya United, with whom he scored 20 goals in 29 outings.

He caught the eye of Daegu FC, who brought him to the K-League in 2017. Despite injuries, he scored 12 goals in 16 games for Daegu, before moving to Ulsan the following season.   

Negrao is expected to link up with another lethal Brazilian, Serginho, at Changchun Yatai.

Coincidentally, Serginho had also scored a goal against Persepolis in an ACL final. He was on target in Kashima Antlers’ 2-0 victory over the Iran club in the 2018 final.

Changchun won promotion to the Chinese Super League last season after two years in the second division. The club, who won their only CSL title in 2007, are spending big in an effort to return to their glory days.

Besides Negrao and Serginho, they also have two other Brazilians in their squad. Midfielder Lucas Souza joined from Greek club APOEL FC last year, while striker Erik, who impressed for Yokohama Marinos in the J-League in the last two seasons, has just come aboard.    

The Chinese Super League 2021 season begins on March 11.

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再次违规!C罗闯疫情重灾区为乔治娜庆生

在意大利杯尤文对阵斯帕尔的比赛当中,皮尔洛决定让C罗轮休将他排除在大名单外。这位葡萄牙巨星居然也没闲着,而是带着全家人前往意大利北部的瓦莱达奥斯塔。

然而,那儿正是意大利新冠疫情的高风险区,除了工作或其他必要原因,跨区是被禁止的。结果C罗无视禁令,为了与乔治娜庆生,在当地的一家五星级酒店用餐并在雪山上滑雪。

虽然警方已经介入调查,但他们已经无权向C罗或是乔治娜开出400欧元的罚单。因为根据当地条例,警察只有在当场盘问他们跨区的原因,才能够在现场开出罚单。

值得一提的是,这已经不是C罗第一次无视意大利的防疫措施,并且未遭到任何惩罚了。在去年,C罗就拒绝在意大利接受定点检测隔离,而是直接离开意大利回葡萄牙队报到,结果在国家队感染新冠。在患病后,C罗却又飞回了意大利,这使得他多次遭到意大利体育部长的公开抨击。

这意味着C罗根本漠视了疫情的严重性,而没受到任何惩罚难道就是巨星的待遇?这位葡萄牙巨星的影响力可是世界级的,而这样的态度也很可能会对大众造成误导。

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Shouting From The Stands: Don’t kill the homegrown talents

If one of your parents or grandparents is a Malaysian, you live outside Asia and you can play football, congratulations because Malaysia’s top club Johor Darul Ta’zim will come and sign you.

JDT’s fetish in going for foreign-based players with Malaysian parentage continues with the signing of Nathaniel Shio.

The 20-year-old British citizen, who was born and raised in England, is bought from the Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers. He featured for the Wolves Under-23 side in the reserves league this season.

Nathaniel joins a long list of “local” players with foreign accents to have featured for the Southern Tigers over the last decade.

They include Darren Lok (England), Junior Eldstal (Sweden), La’vere Corbin-Ong (Canada), Matthew Davies (Australia), Curran Singh Ferns (Australia) and Samuel Somerville (England).

Not all of them made their mark as regulars for the Southern Tigers, with several turning out for the JDT II feeder team or loaned out to other clubs.

There is nothing wrong in JDT’s strategy to scour the globe in search of players with genetic connection to Malaysia. Some of these players have been brilliant, and they even go on to play for the Malaysian national team.

But there is the not-so-small matter of these players being categorised as local players. They would not take up one of the five slots allocated to foreign imports for each club in the Malaysian Football League.

Although these guys look like a Mat Salleh, speak like a Mat Salleh and play like a Mat Salleh, in the rulebook, they are just another Malaysian player.

The import quota was introduced with the aim to prevent an influx of foreign players that would prevent the homegrown talents from getting into a team.

The large presence of foreign-born and foreign-trained “Malaysians” will defeat this purpose as they will take up places that were previously occupied by homegrown talents, especially youngsters.

If other clubs start copying JDT’s formula to stuff their side with players of mixed-parentage, it will damage the all the good work done at the grassroots development level.

With fewer positions to fight for, many talented youngsters may prematurely drop out of the game completely.

The football academies and sports schools will have a tougher time convincing their trainees and the parents on the benefits of securing a future in football.

With the number of naturalised foreign players occupying the locals’ spots already increasing in the clubs, bringing in more foreign-based “Malaysians” will only make the situation worse.

I have nothing against Nathaniel, and wish him all the best in his new adventure with JDT.

But it is time for the clubs, and the football authorities, including the Football Association of Malaysia, to start looking into this matter before it snowballs into a major problem.

The interests of homegrown football talents must be protected at all times. 

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凯恩预计伤缺数周,穆二年定律要失效了?

更好的球队再次输球了!热刺以1-3负于利物浦后,近八轮联赛仅取得233负,在少赛一场的情况下,只比死敌阿森纳高出三分了。

要知道此前热刺还被列为争冠热门,现在却快被称为保级队的阿森纳给追上来了。更要命的是穆里尼奥不仅输球还输人,阵中核心凯恩因遭遇脚踝伤势预计将缺阵数周。这也意味着热刺极有可能在头牌缺阵的情况下,两周内迎战切尔西和曼城。

凯恩对于热刺的重要程度是不言而喻的,本赛季他在英超贡献了1211助攻,创造的23个进球占了球队总进球数的68%。虽然孙兴慜也贡献了12个进球,但其中有9个是由凯恩助攻的,一旦凯恩缺阵可预见这位韩国边锋的进球率也会随之下降。

此外,凯恩缺阵时热刺的表现和胜率也有着明显的差异。上赛季,这位队长缺阵的9场联赛当中,球队仅取得333负,胜率仅有33%。反之,凯恩出场时热刺取得了1388负的成绩,胜率为45%

值得注意的是,穆帅在赛后也坦言了凯恩的伤缺不是一件小事,因为没人可以取代他。而这也是铁一般的事实。虽然替补前锋维尼修斯在欧联杯出场5次就取得了33助攻的亮眼数据,但这些对手的实力根本无法与英超球队相提并论,而他目前也仅在英超获得了24分钟的出场时间,指望他顶替凯恩是不现实的。

如此一来,穆帅的选项可能就剩将边锋卢卡斯或是贝尔客串这一位置,但俩人在本赛季英超都分别只贡献了一个进球,后者更是连出场率都难以保证。

因此,热刺在缺乏凯恩的情况下,踢得更为挣扎几乎是无可避免的事实了。那么,与之对应的“穆二年”必出成绩的定律,很有可能也将就此划上一个句号了。

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How the Asean teams line up in AFC Cup 2021

With the big guns from the region accorded more places in the AFC Champions League group phase, it is left to these 12 representatives to fly the Asean flag in the AFC Cup competition.

The Asean teams have been placed in three groups and will play all their group matches in a centralised venue because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Due to the tournament being expanded to 10 groups, finishing in second spot in a group will not guarantee qualification to the next round. Only the eight best second-placed finishers will progress.

The 2021 AFC Cup is scheduled to kick off with the preliminary round on April 6 with the group stage matches beginning from May 14.

We take a look at the three groups featuring Asean teams:


GROUP G

The cast: Hanoi FC (Vietnam), Bali United (Indonesia), Boeung Ket (Cambodia) and a playoff winner.

HANOI FC: The biggest club in Vietnam will need to shake off their hangover in order to take their place at the top of the group standings.

Despite spending big in the off-season, Hanoi have lost both their opening matches in the V-League and do not look like they are capable of winning any silverware this year. If they can recover the form which made them win two of the last three league titles in Vietnam, Hanoi will be the team to beat.

Previous record: Hanoi are regulars in the AFC Cup competition, but often struggle to get past the group stage.

Their 2019 campaign was an exception, as the Vietnam giants were just two wins away from bagging the title.

They topped their group, and won the zonal final after defeating fellow Vietnamese club Becamex Binh Duong 2-0 on aggregate. They then pulled off a stunning 5-4 aggregate victory over Turkmenistan’s Altyn Asyr in the inter-zone semi-finals before going down on away goals to North Korea’s April 25 SC on a 2-2 aggregate in the inter-zone final.

Head-to-head record: None

Key player: Bruno Cantanhede (Brazil)

Hanoi bought the Brazilian forward from their main rivals Viettel FC after he helped the latter win the V-League crown last year. He had scored an impressive 26 goals in 36 games for Viettel last year.

Manager: Chu Dinh Nghiem (Vietnam)

BALI UNITED: The Indonesian Liga 1 champions in 2019 have been inactive for the past 10 months after the 2020 season was called off in March last year. With the dates for the 2021 season yet to be announced and clubs yet to form their team, Bali face a serious issue in getting players and prepare them to be ready for competition.

Previous record: Bali’s only previous appearance in the AFC Cup was in 2018, when they finished bottom of a group featuring Yangon United, Global Cebu and Thanh Hoa.

Head-to-head record: None

Key player: Melvin Platje (Holland)

The Dutch striker has been vital to Bali’s hopes since joining them in 2018. He has scored 22 goals for them in two seasons with the Islanders.

Manager: Stefano Cugurra (Brazil)

BOEUNG KET: The current Cambodian C-League champions are not expected to make much of an impact in the competition. They will be lucky to steal a win or a point or two from the other teams.

Previous record: The team failed to get out of the group phase in both their previous appearances in 2017 and 2018. They are best remembered for beating Malaysian champions JDT 3-0 oin 2017, and for receiving a 9-0 thrashing at the hands of Philippines’ Ceres in 2018.

Head-to-head record: None

Key player: Hong Pheng (Cambodia)

The 31-year-old club captain, who is also a Cambodian national player, is the natural leader on the pitch for the champions.

Manager: Kim Pheakday (Cambodia)


GROUP H

The cast: Kedah Darul Aman (Malaysia), Lion City Sailors (Singapore), Saigon FC (Vietnam) and a playoff winner.

KEDAH: The three teams in Group H seem to be evenly matched, with Kedah probably having a slight edge over the other rivals. The team from northern Malaysia have looked strong in their recent domestic competitions and have a strong chance of topping this group.

Previous record:  In both their previous two outings, Kedah made it to the knockout phase. In 2008, they progressed to the quarter-finals before losing 1-7 on aggregate to Bahrain’s Al-Muharraq. In 2009, Kedah lost 2-8 on aggregate to Vuetnam’s Binh Duong in the round of 16.

Head-to-head record: Won 4-1 at home and lost 1-5 away to Lions City (then Home United) in the group stage in 2008.

Key player: Baddrol Bakhtiar (Malaysia)

The experienced Malaysian national player has a strong presence in midfield and can be relied on to score goals from set-pieces.

Manager: Aidil Sharin Sahak (Singapore)

LION CITY SAILORS: The S-League club formerly known as Home United are regulars in the AFC Cup. They have an even chance of finishing among the top two in the group, but much will depend on their results against Saigon.

Previous record:  As Home United, the Singapore club featured in 10 editions of the AFC Cup, and progressed beyond the group stage on eight occasions. Their best result is going all the way to the inter-zonal semi-finals in 2018, before being hammered 11-1 on aggregate by North Korea’s April 25 SC.

Head-to-head record: Lost 1-4 away and won 5-1 at home against Kedah in the group stage in 2008.

Key player: Stipe Plazibat (Croatia)

The Croatian forward is the main goal-getter for the Sailors. Last year, he netted 14 goals in just 11 appearances to become the S-League’s top scorer. He is expected to continue the fine scoring form this year.

Manager: Aurelio Vidmar (Australia)

SAIGON FC: The team which finished third in the V League last year are capable of playing the role of spoilers in this group. If they hit form at the right time, Saigon can just sneak into a top two position at the expense of either Kedah or Lion City.

Previous record: In their only previous appearance in 2012, Saigon did not get past the group stage.

Head-to-head record: None

Key player:Thiago Melo (Brazil)

The 29-year-old defender is a rock at the heart of Saigon's defence. His presence is needed for the Vietnam team to keep the opposition attack at bay.

Manager: Vu Tien Thanh (Vietnam)


GROUP I

The cast: Kaya FC-Iloilo (Philippines), Terengganu FC (Malaysia), Geylang International FC (Singapore) and a playoff winner.

KAYA FC-ILOILO: The team, who narrowly lost out on the Philippines league title to United City FC last year, will be no pushovers in Group I. They stand a good chance of accompanying Terengganu as one of the top two teams in the group.

Previous record: Finished second in their group to make the round of 16 in 2016. They lost to Malaysia’s Johor Darul Ta’zim 2-7 on aggregate. Did not make it past the group stage in 2019.

Head-to-head record: None

Key player: Kenshino Daniels (Philippines)

A US-born winger who can also operate as a striker when needed. He is a regular for the Philippines national side.

Manager: Oliver Colina

TERENGGANU FC: The Malaysian team have strengthened in all departments for the 2021 campaign. Their double swoop on Persebaya Surabaya of Indonesia’s strikers David da Silva and Makan Konate will make them dangerous. Terengganu can be expected to vie for the top spot with Kaya Fc-Iloilo.

Previous record: In their only previous appearance in 2012, the Turtles made it to the round of 16 before going down 2-3 on aggregate to their Malaysian neighbours Kelantan FC.

Head-to-head record: None

Key player: David da Silva (Brazil)

The ex-Pohang Steelers player was a big hit in Indonesia in 2019, scoring 15 goals in just 19 appearances in the Indonesian Liga 1. He is expected to be a big hit with the Malaysian team as well.

Manager: Nafuzi Zain (Malaysia)

GEYLANG INTERNATIONAL FC: The Eagles will be making their third appearance in the competition but the first in the last 11 years. They will find it an uphill task to upstage both Kaya FC-Iloilo and Terengganu as Geylang are no longer a force to be reckoned with in the region.

Previous record: The Eagles made it all the way to the semi-finals in 2004, where they went down 1-2 on aggregate to Syria’s Al-Wahda. In 2010, Geylang failed to make it past the group stage.   

Head-to-head record: None

Key player:  Khairul Nizam (Singapore)

The 29-year-old Singapore international, who is a former Young Lions and Home United player, has been a vital player for Geylang in their attack since joining ast year.  

Manager: Noor Ali (Singapore)


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各球星秃头的样子,孙兴慜也顶不住!

绝大部分的球星都有着五花八门的发型,像罗本这样的大光头并非没有,但也是比较少见的。不知道大家有没有想过,各个有着一头秀发的球星变成秃头时会是什么样子呢?下面让我们一起看一看。


看来强如孙兴慜也顶不住啊,差点都认不出来了!


秃头的梅西好像瞬间老了很多!


也许C罗现在是平头的关系,看起来差别没有很大


颜值高如英格兰周柏豪也是没顶住!


赖斯变癞痢?!


麦迪逊看着还不算太过违和?


最注重擦发胶的亨队肯定不同意!


身材更瘦小的费尔南迪尼奥?!


科斯塔看上去更威武了!


安赫利尼奥表示想静静……

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Stojkovic goes home to take charge of Serbia

The legendary Dragan Stojkovic is set to add another star to his glittering football career.

Just three weeks after being dismissed by Guangzhou City FC, Stojkovic is set to be unveiled as the new Serbia national team manager.

A deal with the Serbian Football Association is reportedly agreed, and Stojkovic will take charge when Serbia open their 2022 World Cup qualifiers campaign against the Republic of Ireland in March.

As a player, the 55-year-old is best known for his exploits with Yugoslavia. He featured for his country at the 1990 World Cup and later captained them at the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship.

As a battling midfielder, he also made a name for himself with Red Star Belgrade and Marseille.

Later, he went to play in Japan with Nagoya Grampus Eight in 1994, and hung around for seven seasons. He gained legendary status with Nagoya, making a total of 184 appearances and scoring 57 goals for the J-League team. Until today, he remains the club’s most famous foreign player.

Not contented with his achievements as a player with Nagoya, he returned to Japan in 2008 to manage the Japanese club.

He helmed Nagoya for six seasons until 2013, leading them to the J-League title in 2010 and the AFC Champions League semi-finals in 2011.

In 2015, he headed to China to manage Guangzhou City FC, and stayed on until his dismissal earlier this year.

After close to 25 years of working in Asia, he now returns home to take charge of his home nation and lead them to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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久保建英无惧球迷期望高,将为奥运做准备

目前被皇马外租至赫塔菲的久保建英,接受了俱乐部的专访。这位日本小将向球迷透露了自己在新球队的的展望以及对于东京奥运会的看法。

“我觉得赫塔菲是我可以取得成长的地方,我在这儿感到很舒服,但这种感觉是很难去形容的。这里有很多出色的球员,球队也有着光明的未来,所以我认为这样的环境对于新球员是很友好的。

在被问及自己为何总是能够保持冷静时,久保建英则表示:“我不认为我真的非常冷静。也许是因为我在很小的时候就学会与成年的队员沟通,无论是在场上还是场下。而我也认为这是正确的沟通方式。”

“日本梅西”也谈到了对于东京奥运的看法,“健康是排在第一位的,所以目前这个情况我不能说我想要参加奥运。我也不清楚东京奥运是否会如期举行,但作为一个球员,我有义务为此做好准备。只要奥运会举行,我就会付出100%的努力去做准备,这么做也是必要的。”

最后,久保建英则对球迷们说到:“我希望可以在赫塔菲余下的赛季做到最好。我不清楚球迷何时才可以入场观赛,但无论有没有观众,我都会尽我所能拿出更好的表现,以便达到球迷的期望。”

久保建英在早前被外租至比利亚雷亚尔时,并未受到主帅埃梅里的重用,半个赛季仅在联赛获得了291分钟的出场时间。无论如何,他在赫塔菲却可谓迎来新生,不仅在加盟球队3天后便被列入大名单,如今更成为了球队的首发一员。

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