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Great agiotage on Ronaldo master-class

“Jar” arena capacity is about 8000 but today about 14 000 football fans visited the stadium to see Real Madrid FC star Cristiano Ronaldo live. Today we watched a real agiotage. It’s not easy to describe with words… This great celebraty for fans was presented by “Uzbekistan Culture and Art Foundation” as one of “Youth Footballers Supporting program” events.

Football fans from all Uzbekistan regions came to Tashkent to see Ronaldo live. Just look for special quiz winners’ geography: fans from Kokand, Tashkent, Surkhandarya and Nukus won special prizes for accurate answers questions about Ronaldo’s football career. Fans, who crowd out “Jar” arena, watched really great football show today. Ronaldo produced his amazing skills and all fans applauded him hot. FC “Bunyodkor” academy talent 12 years old Shakh Jahon Hasanov joined Ronaldo and produced his great skills too. Fans liked the performance match and applauded hot again.

Next two FC “Bunydokor” Football Academy teams, consisted of 13 and 14 years old boys played exhibition match and Ronaldo played one half for each team. Fans, who watched Ronaldo on TV only before, applauded his beautiful actions and dribbling.

And then Ronaldo kicked several balls with his autographs to the crowd and the luckiest fans got them as a present. It’s no doubt this day to stay forever in football fans memory.

Cristiano Ronaldo departs from Tashkent to Lisbon tomorrow early morning.







After Eto'o, another superstar visits Tashkent

Meanwhile Bunyodkor have got themselves a new trainer in Montenegrin Miodrag Radulovic

ps. just to note, interesting characters managing in the rest of Asia. So far from what I know:

-Zlatko Kranjcar - Niko's dad is at leading Iranian club Persepolis
-Bryan Robson - is managing the Thai NT

- Arie Haan - is Tianjin Teda F.C.'s manager

- Branko Ivankovic - former Iran coach is at Shandong Luneng

- Miroslav Bla˛ević - former Croatia and Bosnia & Herz. coach is now Shanghai Shenua's manager

- Stan Valckx - is Bla˛ević's technical director at the same club

- Eric Gerets - turned down a new contract at Marseille to line his pockets at Al Hilal. Unlike Hiddink who claims to want to help develop Russian football , he at least was honest in saying he went there for the money

- Jaime Pacheco - former Boavista big man is at Al-Shabab

-and finally big wannabe Mourinho , José Peseiro currently manages the Saudi NT


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Uzbekistan were another team who didn't realise themselves in qualifying. In the first stage they'd shown some crazy results with a very aggressive attacking style, albeit against weaker opponents [one result was 3-7 vs. Singapore]. Their best result was the 1-1 draw in Yokohama. Maksim Shakskikh scored and it placed a lot of pressure on Okada. They have some talented guys like Server Jeparov who can combine well in and around the box, they can move it with pace, but somehow they lost all their belief, their confidence.

Australia defeated Uzbekistan 1-0 in Tashkent. I didn't see it but apparently it was fortunate.

2-0 in Sydney. The Uzbeks were dire.

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I remember Shakskikh from his Dynamo Kiev time. Handy player.

Looked it up and saw that he now plays for Astana in Kazakhstan who despite having Yegor Titov and Tikhonov too didn't win the league there


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The Kazakh side Maccabi faced in qualifying were no easy-beats, 0-0 at home and in Haifa Aktobe scored three early goals! So they have some set-up put in place. Aktobe might be a younger team, more in their prime.

About Kazakhstan, TGO said it might have been better for their footballing development if they remained in Asia rather than played in Europe.

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2002/03 – BEC Tero slay East Asian giants

Group A’s status as the Group of Death was earned because of the names Kashima Antlers, Shanghai Shenhua and Daejon Citizen. Then there was also Thailand’s BEC Tero Sasana, who were expected to be the whipping boys of the group.

However, the final script was something quite different. BEC, led by that year’s AFC Player of the Year nominee Therdsak Chaiman, stunned the East Asians to top the group with seven points from three matches – one more than Koreans Daejon – to reach the semi-finals.

The Thais did not stop there, going on to the final, where they were beaten 2-1 by UAE’s Al Ain.

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Not sure which thread this applies to? But I read this and thought it was amazing, a SEA club making it to the ACL final. Normally you associate Saudi, Korean or J-League clubs with such feats, but not from this region I've never seen them advance deep. Never seen them advance from the GS, even.
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The little guy who did tricks with Ronaldo looked better at them than CRon did.



Also no surprise to see ex-yu coaches there. It's become a tradition and if our people have proved one thing, it's that they would move to the North Pole if the good was good enough.
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You're right, Ronaldo miscontrolled a few times with the ball. That kid is good.
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TASHKENT: Uzbek champions Bunyodkor have snapped up former tormentors Brazilian Denilson and Macedonian Stevica Ristik from AFC Champions League winners Pohang Steelers of Korea Republic.

A statement on the official club website announced that the striking pair had joined the Uzbek outfit alongwith Uzbek defender Alexander Kovalyov, who comes from Metallurg Bekabad.

Denilson scored a brace and Ristik added one against Bunyodkor in the AFC Champions League 2009 quarter-final second-leg, paving the way for the Uzbek club’s advance deeper into the competition, which they won after beating Saudi side Al Ittihad.

Denilson, 33, and Ristik, 27, bring a wealth of experience to the ambitious side, who are led by Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari, and are currently training in the UAE.

Bunyodkor have been drawn with Al Ittihad (Saudi), Zob Ahan (Iran) and the West zone play-off winner for the 2010 edition of the AFC Champions League
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Thought that Denilson would make a move after all those goals in the world club championship.

Wonder if they have a foreigners rule in Uzbekistan as they seem to have quite a few there.


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2002/03 – BEC Tero slay East Asian giants

Group A’s status as the Group of Death was earned because of the names Kashima Antlers, Shanghai Shenhua and Daejon Citizen. Then there was also Thailand’s BEC Tero Sasana, who were expected to be the whipping boys of the group.

However, the final script was something quite different. BEC, led by that year’s AFC Player of the Year nominee Therdsak Chaiman, stunned the East Asians to top the group with seven points from three matches – one more than Koreans Daejon – to reach the semi-finals.

The Thais did not stop there, going on to the final, where they were beaten 2-1 by UAE’s Al Ain.

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Not sure which thread this applies to? But I read this and thought it was amazing, a SEA club making it to the ACL final. Normally you associate Saudi, Korean or J-League clubs with such feats, but not from this region I've never seen them advance deep. Never seen them advance from the GS, even.
I think Thai teams have been fairly strong historically in Asian competitions, but with the huge influx of money into the K-League, J-League, and Arab countries in the past few years this has diminished.

(Upon further research I found that a team called Thai Farmers Bank won the Asian Club Championship - the previous version of the ACL) two times in a row in 1994 and 1995, but other than that the current trends have pretty much been followed.)

Also, I have a question, what do people make of this ranking system for international competitions that seems pretty unique to the AFC? A system that does not just rank nations on their team's performances but also on the country's infrastructure, level of professionalism, marketability, finances, etc. Eg, Syria had a team make it to the finals of the ACL not too long ago but because of this system their teams now have to play in the second tier AFC Cup, whereas India, with the rise of the new I-League (anyone know anything about that, by the way?) now has the possibility for a team to qualify for the ACL through preliminary rounds, whereas before it didn't. This also ties nicely into the Thai thing, as even though Thai teams have historically performed well, they now have to qualify through preliminaries.

While the system seems a little ambiguous and not as clear-cut as say the UEFA Coefficients (though one could make the argument this is not the case ), I think it can bring great reward to those countries that emphasize grassroots football and building from the ground up in a continent that has a lot of untapped potential, but at the same time does not have a huge soccer/football tradition. Btw, for those who want to know the rankings for ACL qualification, here are this year's:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFC_Cha...#Qualification

And the very last thing I want to bring up (I know, it's a lot), but tied to the previous is what are people's opinions of the multi-tied international competitions? Ie, in club football besides the ACL there is the AFC Cup and the third-tier President's Cup, and to move in between the tiers, countries have to meet certain requirements. In NT football besides the Asian Cup there is the Challenge Cup (every two years) for "developing" nations and the winners of the past two (in 2008 it was India and 2010 TBD this February) get automatic spots in the Asian Cup. I think this is an innovative system and although it does not necessarily give everyone an even playing field, I think it is an incentive for smaller countries to put in the time and resources in domestic football, especially with the Challenge Cup rewarding an Asian Cup spot.

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BANGKOK – Muangthong United have strengthened their arsenal ahead of Saturday’s 2010 AFC Champions League play-off against Da Nang with the signing of former Bayern Munich and 1860 Munich striker Berkant Goktan.

The 28-year-old has joined Muangthong on a one-year contract and the Thailand Premier League champions are hoping his considerable experience playing for clubs in Germany and Turkey will benefit the ambitious Bangkok-based club as they look to qualify for Asia’s premier club competition as well as successfully defend their domestic title.

Once considered one of German football’s most promising talents, Goktan made his professional debut for Bayern Munich at the age of 17 before having loan spells at Borussia Monchengladbach and Arminia Bielefeld prior to his move to Turkey where he played for Galatasaray and Besiktas.

Gotkan returned to Germany firstly with Kaiserslautern and then with 1860 Munich where he became a firm favourite with the fans of Die Löwen (The Lions), scoring 18 goals in 32 matches before his time at the Allianz Arena came to a premature end in 2008 after he tested positive for a banned substance
Obviously a player who's gone off the boil a bit. Hasn't played for more than a year but this I think is probably the highest profile Thai league signing ever


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Interesting, probably also indicates that there may be some money floating around in the Thai league.

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He apparently didn't play a game for them

Looking at the summer transfer markets, most notable signings in China seem to have been:

Martin Kamburov - Bulgarian league hitman to Dalian Shide
Chris Killen and IVan Vicelich to Shenzhen Ruby
José Luis Villanueva from Bunyodkor to Tianjian


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Suwon sign Geynrikh
http://www.the-afc.com/en/tournament...-sign-geynrikh

Suwon Bluewings have strengthened their side ahead of their continental opener against Australia’s Sydney FC away on March 2 by signing Uzbekistan international Alexander Geynrikh on Friday.

The club said that they have roped in the Pakhtakor striker on a year-long loan deal.

He impressed the Koreans when he scored two goals in the third-place playoff against Korea Republic during the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™.

He has played 58 matches for the national team and scored 22 goals.

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Meanwhile in Uzbekistan, Bunyodkor unveils 11 new players p

“A group of players left the team last season but their places have been taken by worthy replacements. I believe the team will now make every effort to achieve higher goals this season,” coach Mirdjalal Kasimov said.

Milos Trifunovic, Slavoljub Djordjevic, Sasa Dordevic (all Serbia), Karim Izrailov (Kyrgyzstan), Javlon Ibragimov, Akmal Shorakhmedov, Islom Inomov, Ivan Nagaev, Kamoliddin Murzoev, Umidbek Tajimov and Askar Jadigerov (all Uzbekistan) have joined the ACL Group C hopefuls.

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Kagawa player of the year in Asia?

no, Server Djeparov as he could attend the prizegiving ceremony


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