Nguyen Quang Hai has been the star of Vietnam's rise in recent years but is running the risk of his career stagnating.
Overlooked in the scrutiny surrounding Newcastle's ownership is just how good Saudi Arabia's national team has become.
Match Day 4 of the FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers did not disappoint with Japan downing Australia, while South Korea and Iran shared the spoils.
Alireza Jahanbakhsh's late header cancelled out Son Heung-Min's opener as Iran drew 1-1 with South Korea in Tehran on Tuesday.
Japan put their 2022 World Cup qualification campaign back on track by snapping the Socceroos' record 11-game winning streak.
Australia's record-breaking run in World Cup qualifying ended on Tuesday when Aziz Behich's late own goal handed Japan the win.
Having shown plenty of endeavour without reward so far in the Asian World Cup qualifiers, Vietnam will be looking for victory against Oman.
Despite a poor start to the third round of Asian FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu is refusing to throw in the towel just yet.
Australia are setting records and in the box-seat for a fifth straight appearance at a World Cup after Friday's 3-1 qualifying win over 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.
The Socceroos remain in prime position to qualify for Qatar 2022, prevailing 3-1 over Oman to stretch their winning streak in World Cup qualifying.
A dramatic 89th-minute winner from Son Heung-min helped South Korea beat Syria 2-1 in the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The prospect of setting a record winning streak for a single World Cup qualifying campaign doesn't interest Socceroos coach Graham Arnold.
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.
As Iran resume their quest for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Alireza Jahanbakhsh believes they can make history by reaching the knockouts in Qatar.
Suni Chhetri scored his 76th goal for the national team.
Graham Arnold has said he will not force anyone to play for Australia, ahead of Gianni Stensness' switch from New Zealand.
Australia won't be able to call on Brad Smith for World Cup qualifiers against Oman or Japan after the left-back tested positive for COVID-19.
After three seasons of battling relegation in the Premier League, Alireza Jahanbakhsh is now relishing challenging for trophies with Feyenoord.
Although Vietnam will head into AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 as the favourites, their regional rivals are not giving up on their own shot at the title.
Fierce rivals Malaysia and Indonesia will face off against one another at the AFF Suzuki Cup, along with defending champions Vietnam, in Group B.
After a steady debut for Arsenal in the weekend's win over Norwich, Takehiro Tomiyasu could prove to be the answer to Mikel Arteta's defensive woes.