Overlooked in the scrutiny surrounding Newcastle's ownership is just how good Saudi Arabia's national team has become.
Having shown plenty of endeavour without reward so far in the Asian World Cup qualifiers, Vietnam will be looking for victory against Oman.
With late drama and star turns from some big names, there was plenty to digest from the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
A Saudi Arabia-led takeover of Newcastle United has been completed with the Public Investment Fund (PIF) buying the Premier League club.
As the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup resume on Thursday, we look at the main talking points from the six matches on Match Day 3.
Japan and South Korea both overcame their opening losses with 1-0 wins while Saudi Arabia prove to be a threat in Group B.
Oman pulled off a stunning upset of heavyweights Japan while Vietnam couldn't hold onto their narrow lead against Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia survived a major scare after trailing Vietnam for the entire first half to hand the 10-man side a 3-1 defeat.
Asia's 12 remaining hopefuls will resume their quest to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Thursday when the third round of qualifiers begin.
Japan and South Korea will once again represent Asia in Olympic Games men's football after both qualified for the quarterfinals.
South Korea and Japan flew the flag for Asia in Olympics men's football on Sunday, but there was less joy for Saudi Arabia and Australia.
Former Brazil international Paulinho has joined Saudi Arabia's Al Ahli after parting ways with Chinese Super League giants Guangzhou.
The bidding process for the hosting rights for the 2027 Asian Cup has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vietnam will face three heavyweights - Japan, Australia and Saudi Arabia - in the final round of Asian qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup.
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Saudi Arabia's football federation has formally asked FIFA to look at staging biennial World Cups for men and women.
India is one of five nations to have expressed an interest in hosting the 2027 Asian Cup, the Asian Football Confederation said on Wednesday.
Malaysia and Indonesia have been kept apart in the group stage of the 2020 AFC U-19 Championship after the draw was made on Thursday afternoon.
Human rights organisation Amnesty International have criticised Newcastle's potential takeover by the Saudi-backed consortium PCP Partners.
Maty Ryan earned champions Australia a quarterfinal place in the Asian Cup on Monday as he made two saves in a shootout to see off Uzbekistan.
Brazil had scored 16 goals in their four previous wins against the Saudis but the home side matched the visitors, particularly in midfield.
Slaven Bilic, who has also spent spells in charge of Croatia, Lokomotiv Moscow and Besiktas, signed a three-year deal on Thursday.
Adel Ezzat has resigned from his post as president of the Saudi Arabia Football Federation in a bid to run for Asia's top job in 2019.
John Duerden takes a look at lessons all the AFC nations learned from the 2018 World Cup and what needs to be done in the coming weeks and months.
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