In many Asian countries the most popular sport is football, locally referred to as soccer. But football in Asia is not as well developed as in other confederations, including that of Africa. An Asian national team first qualified for the World Cup in 1938, that was Indonesia and to date remains their only appearances at the world’s most prestigious football tournament.
2002 was the pinnacle of success so far in World Cup history for the AFC. South Korea and Japan jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup, Japan reached the Round of 16, and South Korea wowed the world with a 4th place finish. Going into the tournament they had never even won a World Cup game, and being knocked out in the semi-finals by Germany losing 0-1 was almost as good as winning first place.
Currently the AFC is allotted 4 places in the final 32 for World Cup competition. These have been primarily dominated by South Korea and Japan since 1998, with relatively frequent appearances from Iran, Saudi Arabia and Australia. Japan is also a strong contender in the women’s game securing 1st place in the 2011 Women’s World Cup, and 2nd at the 2015 incarnation of the tournament.
Although their performance hasn’t been the strongest against the big teams in the World Cup, they aren’t without successes. They also take part in a regular Asian Cup whereby AFC national teams compete for a trophy against one another. Included in this game are Australia, Iraq and Israel who have all achieved first place once. However, the following teams have lifted the trophy more than once:
- Japan – 1992, 2000, 2004, 2011
- Iran – 1968, 1972, 1976
- Saudi Arabia – 1984, 1988, 1996
- South Korea – 1956, 1960
Manufacturers of the Asian Soccer Sportswear
With the Asian national football scene still on the rise, we can see that there is a vast array of soccer clothing brands partnering with a selection of the teams. Therefore when browsing through our collection of Asian football clothing, you will find that there are a number of brands who are producing top quality replica apparel for your favourite team. The most dominant is Nike who manufactures the majority of the AFC jerseys; however there are also a variety of larger brands who make these shirts too:
As well as these European and American manufacturers, a larger ratio of the AFC squads still partner with smaller or local companies. Some of these brands are listed below along with the country’s football clothing in which they currently manufacture:
- Choeusu – North Korea jerseys
- Warrix – Thailand and Myanmar shirts
- Six5Six – India football tops
- Tor Star – Chinese Taipei sportswear
- Grand Sport – Vietnam soccer clothing
- FBT – Cambodia football jerseys
- Jako – Iraq, Uzbekistan, Oman and Turkmenistan shirts
- Capelli Sport – Lebanon soccer tops
- UHL Sport – South Yemen football apparel
- Lotto – Bangladesh sports attire
Asian Football Accessories Available at Soccer Box
To help you enhance your display of support for your favourite international football team, we also stock a selection of accessories to go with the apparel. From wearable gear to displayable merchandise, there is something for everyone within this category. Here is an idea of what you can find here on our dedicated page for Asian national teams:
- Soccer Scarf
- Country Flag
When purchasing a soccer scarf or a flag, you are buying a highly versatile item of memorabilia for your beloved country. Both of these can be showcased in your bedroom or taken to matches, and can even be worn around the neck or over the shoulders. Due to the fact these items of souvenirs can be used a variety of ways, they are a highly sought after gift for fans of all ages. Whether you are looking to decorate your room or upgrade your match-day gear, these two items are perfect!
We also have official footballs available for you to purchase too. Decorated with the team emblems or the tournament’s graphics, a soccer ball can be carefully displayed as memorabilia, or can be used to perfect your footie skills. As these balls are supplied deflated, the inflation pressures are printed on the ball to help with pumping them up. They also most commonly come in size 5 which is the match standard size used by the professionals, and often that can be ordered in size 3 and 4 too for younger children.
Ordering Your Asian Football Shirt Today
Support for Asian football teams around the globe is limited, but interest is growing. We stock football shirts for several AFC national teams, and aim to add more choice in the future. We are supplied directly by the manufacturer, and if you are interested in ordering football shirts from us you can be guaranteed that you are shopping for official jerseys.
We offer worldwide delivery options, so if you are looking for the football shirt for national teams based in the Asia region, take a look around our online store today. Remember we also stock shirts and accessories for national and club teams from around the globe so make Soccer Box your number one shopping destination for all your genuine football merchandise and clothing.