Multi-lingual, multi-platform journalist with Asia region media experience and expertise in new and social media. Currently Deputy Editor at AFC Quarterly Magazine, official publication of The AFC.
Founded in 2000 by a group of friends from Tacloban, Global FC have risen to become one of the leading sides in the Philippines and pioneers in football’s fast-growing development in the archipelago.
Norio Sasaki and the Japan women’s team won an historic FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2011 in the aftermath of one of the nation’s worst-ever natural disasters, and now the coach is looking to mastermind a successful defence at the 2015 edition in Canada.
Ismail Ahmed was ever-present as Al Ain reached the semi-finals of the 2014 AFC Champions League, an achievement that helped earn the towering centre-back second place in the voting for AFC Player of the Year. And having successfully cemented his spot for the United Arab Emirates, Ahmed is eagerly anticipating his first taste of the AFC Asian cup.
Qatar arrive in Australia as the newly crowned Gulf Cup champions hoping to build on their run to the quarterfinals at the AFC Asian cup in 2011. And helmed by coach Djamel Belmadi who has enjoyed stellar success in four years in Qatari football, optimism is high ahead of the continental championship in January.
Nassir Al Shamrani was named 2014 AFC Player of the Year having fired Al Hilal to the final of the AFC Champions League. And having been the leading Asian scorer in the continental tournament, as well as top marksman in the Saudi Arabian top flight for the fifth time in seven years, Al Shamrani’s eye for goal is now fixed on the AFC Asian cup Australia 2015.
A member of the Korea Republic side that claimed third place at the 2011 AFC Asian cup, former AFC Young Player of the Year Ki Sung-Yueng is focusing on one goal: ending his nation’s 55-year continental title drought.
Korea Republic’s Pohang Steelers are the only club to have been crowned champions of Asia on three occasions. Now with renewed focus on youth development, the future is bright for one of Asia’s most successful clubs.
After an eight year exile, Park Eun-sun returned to the international scene at the 2014 AFC Women’s Asian Cup to lead Korea Republic to fourth place and a ticket to their second appearance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals.
After years of decline that belie their rich heritage and history in Asian football, Hong Kong’s domestic scene and representative side are on the road to recovery with change sweeping through the sport.
The youngest of the five Otayf football brothers, Abdullah Otayf is looking to stamp his mark on the Saudi scene with the 2015 AFC Asian cup in Australia on the horizon.
Having scored goals at every youth level of AFC competition, Iran forward Kaveh Rezaei says he is ready to make his mark on the senior national team with his eyes firmly fixed on the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia after topping the scoring charts at the AFC U-22 Championship.
Blessed with pace, power and poise, Amjed Kalaf is one of the brightest lights in Iraq’s new golden generation. Named MVP at the AFC U-22 Championship, the stage is set for even bigger accolades to come.
After Iraq’s 2007 AFC Asian Cup victory received worldwide acclaim, the once war-ravaged nation again claimed global headlines as a semi-final appearance at last year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup brought a new generation of stars to the forefront, with coach Hakeem Shakir central to the rebuilding process.