AFC President “First 3 countries, round of 16… We need to focus on building momentum for 4 years”

 The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) looked back on the 2022 Qatar World Cup, which ended with Argentina’s victory, and said that it should focus on building strong momentum again for the next four years.

Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Khalifa (Bahrain), AFC President, delivered a message congratulating the successful hosting of the Qatar World Cup and the achievements of member countries on the 19th.

Korea, Japan, and Australia advanced to the round of 16 in this tournament. The most Asian countries in World Cup history have passed the group stage. 메이저사이트

It is a scene that showed that the gap with world football is gradually narrowing.

South Korea defeated Portugal, a strong player in Europe, and Japan advanced to the round of 16 by taking first place in their group, taking on Germany and Spain in order in Group E, dubbed the ‘Group of Death’.

Australia also reached the round of 16 for the first time in 16 years since the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Although they failed to make it past the group stage, Saudi Arabia surprised the world by winning their first game 2-1 against champions Argentina. It was Argentina’s only loss.

“For the first time in history, three Asian countries have qualified for the tournament. All credit should go to the AFC member associations for raising the level of Asian football,” Khalifa said. “Now we focus on building this powerful force over the next four years. must do,” he said.

Regarding this tournament, which was held in the Middle East for the first time in winter, “Qatar provided an unrivaled World Cup stage. Asia and Qatar showed the world that Asia is the age of Asia, and I am happy to have kept that promise,” he said. “I know that we will pass the baton to the United States, Canada and Mexico (hosts of the 2026 World Cup) and stand well on the solid foundation that Qatar has laid.”