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Iran official withdraws from Asian election for FIFA Council

Moya Dodd
Moya Dodd is a candidate for the FIFA Council.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Iranian official Ali Kafashian has dropped out of an election to join the FIFA Council, and officials from South Korea and Philippines have entered.

The Asian Football Confederation said on Thursday that four men are competing for three seats on the ruling council at a rescheduled election on May 8 in Bahrain. The contenders are Zhang Jian of China, Sheik Ahmad Al Sabah of Kuwait, Mariano Varaneta of Philippines and Chung Mong-gyu of South Korea.

The four contenders for...

Brisbane Roar thrash Global FC 6-0 as Brandon Borrello nets four

Brandon Borrello scored four as Brisbane Roar set up a meeting with Shanghai Shenhua next Wednesday.

Brandon Borrello became the first A-League player to slot home four goals in an AFC Champions League match as Brisbane Roar easily accounted for Filipino outfit Global FC 6-0 at Suncorp Stadium on Tuesday night.

Spaniard Manuel Arana also scored a brace in the preliminary playoff match, as he finally broke his duck at the Roar.

With the comprehensive triumph, the Roar set up a do-or-die clash with Carlos Tevez's Shanghai Shenhua in China next Wednesday for the final stage of qualification.


ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Global FC get 'inside info' on Brisbane Roar ahead of ACL playoff

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and Malaysia assistant coach Brad Maloney break down the 2017 AFC Champions League draw.

Global FC captain Misagh Bahadoran has already got down to business before their AFC Champions League (ACL) preliminary round tie against Brisbane Roar by getting inside information on the Australians.

The Philippines' club captain, whose team will be away to Brisbane in Tuesday's one-legged playoff, has reached out to his national teammate Iain Ramsay. He previously featured for A-League sides Sydney FC, Adelaide United and Melbourne City.

Sydney-born Ramsay, who has a Filipino mother, became a...

 By Gabriel Tan

Tampines exit AFC Champions League after playoff loss vs. Global FC

Tampines Rovers general manager Desmund Khusnin reflects on his team's AFC Cup draw and a likely meeting with Felda United.
Philippines striker Misagh Bahadoran
Philippines forward Misagh Bahadoran, left, was one of Global's stars as they set up a date with Brisbane Roar.

Tampines Rovers' bid to qualify for the 2017 AFC Champions League was brought to an abrupt halt after they were beaten 2-0 by Global FC in the in first preliminary round of qualifiers on Tuesday night.

Following a goalless first half at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila, Ahamd Azzawi opened the scoring for Global a minute after the hour mark before Misagh Bahadoran sealed the win with a second in the 73rd minute.

The victory means the Philippine outfit are through to the next round of qualifying,...

 By Gabriel Tan

Tampines Rovers prepare in Manila ahead of ACL showdown vs. Global FC

Tampines Rovers have settled at their Manila base ahead of Tuesday's crucial 2017 AFC Champions League preliminary round playoff against Global FC.

The Stags, who arrived in the Philippines on Sunday, will look to move one step closer to a meeting with Shanghai Shenhua and Carlos Tevez.

Already assured of a place in the 2017 AFC Cup -- Asia's second-tier club competition -- the Stags will need to beat Global, and Australian side Brisbane Roar before a showdown with big-spending Shanghai Shenhua...