RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) said Monday that last-minute changes could be made to its 2022 World Cup qualifying tournament amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
DOHA, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- Al-Ahli Saudi FC of Saudi Arabia became the first team to reach the 2020 AFC Champions League round of 16, with a late Marko Marin goal earning them a 1-0 win over Iraq's Al-Shorta in Group A on Monday.
Despite the defeat, Al-Taawoun remain top of Group C thanks to a superior head-to-head record over second-placed Al-Duhail SC, who beat Sharjah FC 2-1 earlier in the day to reach six points, while Persepolis climb above Sharjah into second place with four points, just two behind the group leaders at the stage's halfway point.
With more eyes on the league last season, the commercial value of the product increased considerably. On the other hand, this rapid commercial growth has also led to a significant increase in player salaries, which has begun to put pressure on the finances of clubs.
"The dates of the first matches - October 8 and 13 - were ratified at the meeting, while President Infantino expressed FIFA's willingness for all national teams to be on equal terms," CONMEBOL said in a statement.
"In the Champions League's final round, we had many players able to go full tilt all the time for the tournament-like competition. But over an entire season, we have to talk about adjustments and use our heads."
17-year-old Giovanni Reyna said the title is essential while managing director Michael Zorc is tracking Manchester City talent Jamie Bynoe-Gittens.
MADRID, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- FC Barcelona coach Ronaldo Koeman said that his side still needs to improve as he addressed the press ahead of their traditional Joan Gamper pre-season friendly game.
"The design of Beijing Workers Stadium considers not only the Asian Cup, but also other important events and the daily operation of the club. Some of the designs even go beyond the AFC standard," said Zhu Xiaodi, chief architect of Beijing Institute of Architecture Design.
"This is unbelievable, standing here in Paris on the top of the podium. I never thought I would be here," he added.
The circle-like emblem "Tai He" stands for universal peace and harmony, showcasing the ancient Chinese philosophy of appreciating the beauty of all civilizations. The mascot "An An" is a terracotta girl of China's Tang Dynasty (618 A.D- 907 A.D) playing polo, demonstrating the optimism and perseverance of persons with disabilities.