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Transfer watch: All of Asia's moves


Friday, July 19, 2019
Abdulaziz Hatem-Qatar-AFP

Kuala Lumpur: With the transfer window open, teams are bolstering their ranks ahead of the 2019 AFC Champions League resuming and various national leagues kicking off. The-AFC.com highlights the ins and outs across the Continent.


July 19

Midfielder Abdulaziz Hatem has signed for Qatar Stars League (QSL) side Al Rayyan on a three-year deal.

Hatem, 28, joins Al Rayyan from Al Gharafa, who he was with from 2015.

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Hatem was a member of Qatar's victorius AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 squad and will be a welcome addition to Al Rayyan, who finished fourth in the 2018-19 QSL season to earn a spot in the playoff round of the 2020 AFC Champions League.

Al Rayyan will travel to Jerez, Spain on Saturday for a training camp which ends on August 8.

عبدالعزيز حاتم رياني لثلاثة مواسم🔴⚫️ pic.twitter.com/kxk3pSnX2f

— AlRayyanSC (@AlrayyanSC) July 18, 2019

18 July

Adelaide United announced the acquisition of Curaçao international, Michaël Maria, on a two-year contract.

A product of PSV Eindhoven’s academy, Maria spent the first 10 years of his youth football at the esteemed Dutch outfit. The now 24-year-old later moved to Germany to 2. Bundesliga outfit VfL Bochum, where he continued to hone his versatility as a player who can effectively operate as a defensive midfielder or anywhere on the left flank.

After more than three years of playing in Germany, Maria returned to Holland in 2018 and joined Eredivisie side FC Twente.

Whilst he was born in the Netherlands, Maria actually represents Curaçao at the international level receiving 20 senior caps to date, the most recent of which coming at the Gold Cup 2019 in his nation’s 1-0 quarter-final loss to the United States.

🖋 📄 @AdelaideUnited have made another signing, with the addition of a 20-cap international. ️⚽️#ALeaguehttps://t.co/jWOgQCfIyN

— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) July 18, 2019

Maria said the opportunity to reconnect with head coach, Gertjan Verbeek, was too good to resist.

“It feels really good to be joining Adelaide United,” Maria explained. “I saw the boys’ game on Tuesday night and I was impressed with what I saw at such an early time in the pre-season.

“When I heard from Gertjan, he didn’t have to say much at all to convince me because I’ve missed him as my coach and I trust him as a person and his football plan.

“I’ve worked with Gertjan twice before, first at Bochum and then when I was at FC Twente, and I’ve wanted to be his player again."


Islamic Republic of Iran's Zobahan FC has announced signing Macauley Chrisantus from Spanish club Conquense.

The 28-year-old striker will be joined by fellow Nigerian compatriot Ebiabowei Baker, who signed with Zobahan two days ago.

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. ✅ماکالی کریستانوس با قراردادی یک ساله و قابل تمدید به دو سال به ذوب آهن پیوست.این بازیکن سابقه بازی در تیمهای لاس پالماس و مورسیا اسپانیا را نیز در کارنامه خود‌ دارد. @chrisantus9 💚welcome 👆🏻فالو شه

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17 July

Iranian left-back Milad Mohammadi has completed his move to Belgium side KAA Gent from Akhmat Grozny of Russia.

Mohammadi, 25, has experience playing for clubs like Persepolis, Damash Tehran and Niroo Zamino FC in his youth, before making his professional debut with Rah Ahan in 2014.

His progress saw him called up for the Islamic Republic of Iran's U-23 team in 2016, where he scored a goal against Syria in their AFC U-23 Championship Group A opening match. He then caught the attention of former Team Melli head coach Carlos Queiroz, who called him up to the senior squad, and he featured in last year's FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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Welcome Milad! 🙋🏻‍♂️ 25-jarige linksback 🇮🇷 Iraans international ✒ 3-jarig contract #transfer #newseason #cobw

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Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta'zim have announced the signing of goalkeeper Julian Johan Belcher.

The 17-year-old had previously trained with Queens Park Rangers, Sunderland and Eintracht Frankfurt, and will be attached with the JDT III team to further develop his budding talent.

JDT SIGN GERMAN-MALAYSIAN JULIAN JOHAN BECHLER

More photos at https://t.co/9GaiqN26dw pic.twitter.com/PJcgOx7eBk

— JOHORSouthernTigers (@OfficialJohor) July 17, 2019

16 July

Zobahan have signed Nigerian Ebiabowei Baker as the Islamic Republic of Iran club prepare for their 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 tie against Al Ittihad of Saudi Arabia.

The 25-year-old, who has been described as a reliable central defender with good pace, has joined Zobahan on a two-year contract.

Zobahan will face Al Ittihad in the first leg of the Round of 16 on August 5 in Dubai, with the return leg a week later in Doha.


Australia's Craig Goodwin has joined Saudi Arabia's Al Wehda Club ahead of the 2019-20 season.

Goodwin, 27, joins Al Wehda from Adelaide United who he signed for at the start of last season.

The winger recently earned his third cap for Australia, having featured in the friendly against Korea Republic in June.

📊| ارقام نجمنا الجديد كرايج جودوين مع نادي اديلايد الأسترالي . pic.twitter.com/0A2PaY3DFk

— نادي الوحدة السعودي (@alwehdaclub1) July 16, 2019

15 July

Belgian side Sint-Truidense V.V. have signed striker Yuma Suzuki from J.League giants Kashima Antlers.

The 23-year-old will be the fourth Japanese at the club, joining compatriots Kosuke Kinoshita, Wataru Endo and recently-signed goalkeeper Daniel Schmidt.

Suzuki will also be playing alongside the likes of Vietnam international Nguyen Cong Phuong, who is on a one-year loan from Hoang Anh Gia Lai.

This will be his first move out of Japan, having been with Kashima Antlers since 2015, and has won an array of trophies, including the AFC Champions League in 2018, where he was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

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鈴木 優磨選手のベルギーリーグ1部のシント=トロイデンVVへの完全移籍について、クラブ間の基本合意に達しました。 寂しいですが…行って来い、優磨! ストーリーでは、優磨から皆さんへのメッセージを配信していますので、そちらもご覧ください! #鹿島アントラーズ #kashimaantlers #鈴木優磨 #行って来い #がんばれ

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Iraq international Mohanad Ali has joined Qatar Stars League side Al Duhail from Iraq's Al Shorta.

The 19-year-old forward starred for Iraq in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, scoring against Vietnam and Yemen. He signs a five-year deal with the Qatari side who are preparing for an AFC Champions League Round of 16 double header against rivals Al Sadd next month.

Ali fills the Asian player spot at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium which had been vacant since Japanese international Shoya Nakajima swapped Al Duhail for FC Porto earlier this month.

الدحيل يضم الموهبة العراقية مهند علي https://t.co/QEXWFzvAz1 pic.twitter.com/T3tS2ezTKk

— نادي الدحيل الرياضي (@DuhailSC) July 15, 2019

14 July

Korea Republic's Hwang Ui-jo has completed his transfer to French club Bordeaux from J.League side Gamba Osaka, the club have announced.

Hwang started his career with Seongnam FC, lifting the Korean FA Cup in 2014 before moving to Gamba Osaka in 2017.

The 26-year-old striker had a remarkable 2018, where he played alongside Son Heung-min in the 2018 Asian Games to help secure Korea Republic a fifth title, with Hwang also picking up the Top Goal Scorer Award with nine goals.

Hwang was instrumental for Gamba Osaka in the domestic league as well, scoring 16 goals to keep his side safe from relegation and was named in the J.League's Best XI at the end of the season. He was also honoured as the KFA Footballer of the Year.

Hwang will now look to make his mark with Bordeaux, who finished 14th in the 20-team Ligue 1 last season.

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こんにちは。ファン・ウィジョです。 まず、ガンバ大阪での2年間、たくさんの応援をしていただき、ありがとうございます。 ガンバ大阪は私にとって宝のような存在だと思います。 ガンバ大阪に来て多くのことを学び、楽しい思い出とたくさんの経験をすることが出来たので、これからもずっと良い記憶であり続けると思います。 日本一のスタジアムで最高の選手、スタッフそしてサポーターの方々と一緒にサッカーを出来て嬉しかったですし、幸せでした。 これからもガンバ大阪との幸せな思い出を忘れず、私もより良い姿をお見せできるよう努力します。 ガンバ大阪にも私にもたくさんの応援よろしくお願いします。 ありがとうございます。 . 안녕하세요 황의조입니다 먼저 감바오사카에서의 2년동안 많은 응원 정말 감사드립니다 감바오사카는 저에게있어 선물같은 존재라고 생각합니다. 감바에와서 많은걸 얻었고 재미있는 추억들과 다양한 경험들을 할수있었기에 저에게 너무나도 좋았던 시간으로 기억될것같습니다. 일본 최고의 스타디움에서 최고의 선수들과 스텝들 그리고 서포터즈와 함께 축구를 할수있어서 기쁘고 행복했습니다. 앞으로도 감바오사카와의 행복했던 추억들 잊지않고. 저도 앞으로 더 좋은 모습보여드릴수있도록 노력하겠습니다. 감바오사카도 저도 많은 응원 부탁드립니다 감사합니다.

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Japan's Gaku Shibasaki has joined Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna from Getafe ahead of the 2019-20 season.

Shibasaki, 27, has signed a four-year contract and Deportivo, in a statement, said the player is a vital addition to the squad.

The midfielder featured in Japan's recent Copa America campaign and joins Deportivo after two seasons with Getafe. He also briefly featured for Tenerife in 2017, having played for Kashima Antlers from 2011 to 2017.

Shibasaki, nuevo jugador del #DÉPOR1920 https://t.co/1aOTQpB9JG Benvido Gaku! pic.twitter.com/68Sj0lXa6C

— RC Deportivo (@RCDeportivo) July 14, 2019

Kyrgyz Republic captain Valery Kichin has put pen to paper with Belarusian Premier League outfit Dinamo Minsk, ending a six-year stint in Russian football.

The 26-year-old defender joins the seven-time Belarusian champions from Yenisey Krasnoyarsk, where he was named by fans as the club’s Player of the Year as they were relegated during last season's Russian Premier League.

Kichin’s move from Siberia to Minsk means he may feature on the European stage this season, with Dinamo currently involved in an attempt to qualify for the UEFA Europa League after finishing third in their 2018 league campaign.

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🤘🏻 🇰🇬 Встречаем Льва из Киргизии! Добро пожаловать! . #fcdm1927 #Кичин12

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After a period of absence from the national team, Kichin starred as Kyrgyz Republic made history by reaching the AFC Asian Cup knockout stage in January and is expected to be a key figure in the Akshumkar’s 2022 World Cup qualifying push.

Bishkek-born Kichin is the third player from the Central Asian nation to join a Belarusian top-flight club this year, with youngsters Atay Dzhumashev and Gulzhigit Alykulov earlier joining Energetik-BGU Minsk and Neman Grodno respectively.


13 July

Islamic Republic of Iran winger Vahid Amiri, 31, has rejoined his former club Persepolis from Turkish side Trabzonspor.

Amiri won back-to-back Iranian Pro League titles in his previous spell with Persepolis, and was part of the side that reached the 2017 AFC Champions League semi-final, before leaving the Tehran club last summer for a spell at Trabzon where he made 22 appearances and scored one goal.

Gabriel Calderon's squad will be boosted by the return of the veteran, who was a key member of the Team Melli starting XI in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 AFC Asian Cup where IR Iran reached the semi-finals.


Al Ahli signed Bosnian midfielder Elvis Saric, ahead of their Saudi Pro League season and 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 tie.

Saric is no stranger to the Continental tournament, having played with Korea Republic's Suwon Samsung Bluewings campaign last year.

OFFICIAL: Bosnian midfielder Elvis Sarić completed his move from Suwon Bluewings, and signed a 3-year contract with Al-Ahli

Sarić will join our summer training camp in Austria on Tuesday

Welcome, Elvis!#AHLIFC

pic.twitter.com/TXjOTc0zgg

— Al-Ahli Saudi Club (@ALAHLI_FCEN) July 13, 2019

Former Korea Republic defensive midfielder Jang Hyun-soo, 27, has signed for Saudi Arabian giants Al Hilal FC ahead of their 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 tie against Al Ahli Saudi FC.

Jang, who moves from FC Tokyo, has joined Al Hilal's training camp in Austria and will be aiming to earn place in the starting lineup for the showdown against Al Ahli on August 6.

📊 تعرّف على جانغ هيون سو 🇰🇷#جانغ_هلالي 💙#انفوجرافيك_الهلال #الهلال pic.twitter.com/JfQscbT3hl

— نادي الهلال السعودي (@Alhilal_FC) July 13, 2019

12 July

Japanese international Hiroki Abe has transferred to Spanish giants FC Barcelona from Kashima Antlers.

"It was a difficult decision to leave the team this season, I felt strongly that I wanted to try new challenges in Barcelona, ​​and I decided to move, and I believe that the various difficulties I will face from now on are absolutely necessary for my growth."

【お知らせ】#antlers #kashima

この度、安部選手がスペイン1部のFCバルセロナヘ完全移籍することで、クラブ間の基本合意に達しました。

皆さんへ安部選手からのメッセージです!

まだまだ一緒にいたかったのですが…がんばれ、裕葵!

詳細は、公式サイトで!:https://t.co/DzYyzIE1zL pic.twitter.com/vbqH65FCO3

— 鹿島アントラーズ 公式 (@atlrs_official) July 12, 2019

11 July

Qatar's Al Sailiya have announced signing Iranian international Karim Ansarifard for two seasons.

The 29-year-old forward brings with him a wealth of experience having played in the Iran Pro League with Saipa, Persepolis and Tractorsazi, before moving to Europe to play with Osasuna, Olympiacos and most recently Nottingham Forest.

Al Sailiya finished third in the Qatar Stars League last season, which earned them a spot in the 2020 AFC Champions League Play-off round.

رسمياً.. السيلية يبرم أولى صفقاته الصيفية بالتعاقد مع الدولي الإيراني كريم انصاري لمدة موسمين أنهت إدارة نادي السيلية...

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Midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura has signed with Yokohama FC from Jubilo Iwata.

Nakamura, 41, will be playing alongside 52-year-old Kazuyoshi Miura, who holds the record for being the oldest footballer and professional to score a goal in a league.

Yokohama missed out on promotion to the J1 League last season after losing 1-0 to Tokyo Verdy in the Promotion Play-off semi-finals.

Nakamura, who has had stints with Scotland's Celtic FC and Spanish side RCD Espanyol, will be playing a vital role as Yokohama look to return to the top-flight for the first time since 2007. Yokohama are currently 11 points behind table-toppers Montedio Yamagata with half of the 2019 season still to be played.

#中村俊輔 選手が横浜FCに加入します✨
長く日本代表でも10番をつけてプレー、海外でも最高のレフティ、フリーキッカーと称される同選手の加入は、クラブにとって今季のJ1昇格への切り札となります!✨
背番号はNo.46に決定しました。#yokohamafc #横浜FC #magicallefty pic.twitter.com/UGveAeAUgR

— 横浜FC【公式】 (@yokohama_fc) July 11, 2019

Hanoi FC has announced signing Iranian defender Sajjad Moshkelpour ahead of their 2019 AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal Final.

This will be Moshkelpour's first move out of Iran since his professional debut in the Iran Pro League with Sanat Naft Abadan in 2009. The 28-year-old also had stints with Saipa, Khooneh be Khooneh and most recently Paykan.

Hà Nội FC đã hoàn tất việc chiêu mộ trung vệ đắt giá người Iran,Sajad Moshkelpour. Sajad sinh năm 1990 và sở hữu chiều...

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10 July

Abdulaziz Al Ansari has transferred to Al Sadd on a one-year loan from Al Kharaitiyat SC.

Al Ansari made his professional debut with Al Sadd's reserve team in 2009 as a 16-year-old after graduating from the youth team.

He has donned the Qatari jersey for the U-17 and U-23 teams, and was also called up for senior duty in 2014 for the Maroons' WAFF Championship campaign, where they clinched their first title.

Al Ansari will be joining Al Sadd, as they leave for Spain on Sunday for a training camp in Barcelona.

الزعيم يضم عبدالعزيز الأنصاري على سبيل الاعارة قادماً من الخريطيات حتى نهاية الموسم 2019 \ 2020.#السد #قطرhttps://t.co/M8WPbSGC5M pic.twitter.com/qKTYv8Ph1r

— AlSadd S.C | نادي السد (@AlsaddSC) July 10, 2019

PFC Lokomotiv have announced signing Oston Urunov from Navbahor.

The 18-year-old midfielder will look to assist the three-time Uzbek champions in defending their title, as they are currently sitting second in the Uzbekistan Super League standings, eight points behind Pakhtakor Tashkent.

Welcome Oston! pic.twitter.com/XqQQ3pHIrD

— PFC Lokomotiv (@LokomotivUzb) July 11, 2019

Midfielders Luis Jiménez and Emiliano Vecchio have signed with Al Ittihad ahead of their 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 tie.

Al Ittihad, who are currently in Manchester for a training camp, will play the first leg match against Zobahan FC of Islamic Republic of Iran on August 5, and continue to bolster their squad after having signed Abdulellah Al Malki, Hamdan Al Shammari and Abdulrahman Al-Obood in the past month.


Takehiro Tomiyasu has became the second Japanese to sign for Italy's Bologna FC, following Hidetoshi Nakata's move 15 years ago.

Tomiyasu, then 20, began his career with Avispa Fukuoka in 2015, before being called up to the Samurai Blue U-19 squad where they clinched their first AFC U-19 Championship title.

His immense talent then paved the way for his transfer to Sint Truidense VV in the Belgian First Division A in 2018.

Tomiyasu graduated to the senior squad in head coach Hajime Moriyasu's AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 campaign last January. He scored a vital goal against Saudi Arabia to ensure Japan advanced to the quarter-finals with a 1-0 win.

OFFICIAL ✍️

🇯🇵 正式発表:冨安健洋が新しいボローニャ選手になりました

🔴 Welcome to Bologna, Takehiro Tomiyasu! 🔵#BenvenutoTakehiro #WeAreOne pic.twitter.com/hRqEwzj7Vi

— Bologna FC 1909 (@BolognaFC1909en) July 9, 2019

Nineteen-year-old Hong Kong midfielder Dai Wai-Tsun, or also known as Tsun Dai, has signed a two-tear contract with Wolves Academy's U-23 squad.

Dai first moved to the UK in 2012, after progressing through the Eastern Sports Club and Kitchee Academy systems in Hong Kong.

Following four seasons developing at Reading, the midfielder moved to Bury where made nine League One appearances and scored against Fleetwood Town in the Checkatrade Trophy.

In the summer of 2018, Dai earned a move to Oxford, then spent the second half of the campaign on loan at FC Utrecht, playing 12 times.

Dai has now linked up with Rob Edwards’ squad and will travel with the group to Spain for a pre-season training camp this weekend.

Welcome to the club, Tsun Dai!

The 19 year-old joins from @OUFCOfficial and will join up with Rob Edwards' under-23 squad ahead of the new season.

🐺✍️https://t.co/id4pu8qKRB

— Wolves Academy (@WolvesAcademy) July 10, 2019

Koki Anzai has joined Portugal's top flight club Portimonense SC from Kashima Antlers, announced the club.

The 24-year-old, who began playing for Tokyo Verdy in 2014, was grateful for his 18-month stint with the Asian champions, saying: "To the coaches, teammates, directors, officials and supporters, everyone's support at Kashima was key to my growth and here I had the fantastic opportunity to play in the AFC Champions League and in the Club World Cup."

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安西選手のポルティモネンセへの完全移籍に関して、クラブ間の基本合意に達しました。 ストーリーでは、安西選手から皆さんへのメッセージを公開中。 つらい別れですが、がんばれ、幸輝! #鹿島アントラーズ #kashimaantlers #安西幸輝 #いつも #笑顔 #ありがとう #がんばれ

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Qatar's Al Arabi SC have confirmed signing Hamdi Harbaoui on a two-year contract.

The 34-year-old forward, who began his career with Tunisia's Esperance Tunis, spent most of his playing career in Belgium before making his first move to Asia in 2014 to Qatar SC.

Two years later, Harbaoui returned to Europe, where he spent time with Lokeren, Udinese, Anderlecht, Charleroi and Zulte Waregem.

Harboui will be expected to impress as Al Arabi aim for a better performance in the next season of the Qatar Stars League, with the hopes of returning to the AFC Champions League for the first time since 2012.

يسرنا الإعلان عن التعاقد مع المهاجم التونسي وهداف الدوري البلجيكي حمدي الحرباوي لمدة موسمين#الحرباوي_عرباوي 🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/pGxjQhyXHI

— Al-Arabi Sports Club (@alarabi_club) July 9, 2019

9 July

Esteghlal FC have announced the signing of Cheick Tidiane Diabaté from Turkish club Osmanlıspor on a two-year contract.

The 31-year-old centre-forward started his playing career with French club Bordeaux and has also played for Ajaccio, Nancy and Metz.

In January 2018, Diabaté joined Serie A side Benevento on loan for the remainder of the 2017–18 season. Diabaté spent the 2018-2019 season on loan with United Emirates club Emirates, making 19 appearances and scoring 10 goals before leaving for Esteghlal.

Diabaté has earned 39 caps with the Mali national football team, scoring 15 goals.

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با اعلام امیرحسین فتحی؛ شیخ دیاباته با قراردادی دو ساله و بعد از موفقیت در تست های پزشکی رسما استقلالی شد #استقلال

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Al Ahli Saudi FC have signed Danijel Aleksić from Yeni Malatyaspor of Turkey.

The 28-year-old Serbian international has spent time in various countries across Europe - Italy, Germany, France, Poland and Sweden among them.

This will mark Aleksić's first move to Asia, and he'll aim to impress in Al Ahli's Saudi Pro League campaign as they vie to earn a 10th title, as well as their upcoming 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 first leg tie against Al Hilal SFC on August 6.

أنهت إدارة النادي #الأهلي برئاسة المهندس أحمد بن بكر الصائغ إجراءات التعاقد مع لاعب الوسط الدولي الصربي دانييل أليكسيتش ( 28 عاماً )، بعقد يمتد لمدة (3) سنوات مقبلة، قادماً من صفوف مالاتياسبور التركي، لتدعيم صفوف الفريق الكروي الأول بالنادي. pic.twitter.com/hBSyP6lrcg

— النادي الأهلي السعودي (@ALAHLI_FC) July 8, 2019

Chinese Super League giants Guangzhou Evergrande FC announced the signing of Brazilian forward Elkeson de Oliveira Cardoso from Shanghai SIPG.

Both Guangzhou and Elkeson will be vying for their third AFC Champions League title, as they host defending Asian champions Kashima Antlers for the first leg of the quarter-finals on August 28, before playing the second leg on September 18.


8 July

Melbourne City FC have announced the signing of Socceroos holding midfielder Joshua Brillante on a two-year deal ahead of the 2019/20 A-League season.

The Bundaberg-born midfielder began his professional career in the A-League, playing for both Gold Coast United and Newcastle Jets, before earning a move to Tuscany where he joined Serie A side Fiorentina. During his time in Italy, the 26-year-old had loan spells at FC Empoli and Como, before returning to Australia in 2016.

“This is an exciting time in Melbourne City’s journey, and I can’t wait to contribute and be a part of it,” said Brillante.

“Ultimately, I’m here to help Melbourne City win trophies and to improve myself every day in a high-performance environment. The opportunity to work with the new manager is really exciting - his vision is clear and ambitious, and we’re training at some of the best facilities in Australia.

“There is always a lot of work to do in pre-season, but I’m already looking to the first home game to show the fans what I can do. I’ve played in front of them before and know how passionate they are, and I’m determined to deliver football they’re proud to watch.”

We don't mind this translation...Welcome Josh Brillante!

Details 📰 https://t.co/U56J2gBErp pic.twitter.com/JcZh8w009x

— Melbourne City FC 🏙️ (@MelbourneCity) July 8, 2019

Marko Arnautovic has completed his move from West Ham to Shanghai SIPG for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club announced.

"West Ham United can confirm that Marko Arnautovic has joined Chinese Super League champions Shanghai SIPG for an undisclosed fee," West Ham said in a statement.

Arnautovic will join forces with former Brazilian internationals Oscar and Hulk at the Chinese champions.

 

Marko Arnautovic departs.https://t.co/uX2IhifBBD

— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) July 8, 2019

Stephan El Shaarawy and Kim Shin-wook have signed for China PR's Shanghai Shenhua, the club announced.

Just days after Choi Kang-hee's appointment as the head coach, he will be reunited with his former frontman Kim, with the two having clinched one AFC Champions League and two consecutive K League 1 titles together.

7 July

Persepolis has signed Hossein Kanaanizadegan on a two-year contract from Machine Sazi Tabriz FC.

This marks Kanaanzadegan's return to the Tehran-based club, having began his professional career with Persepolis in 2013, which was followed by a loan move to Malavan in 2014.

In 2016, he moved on to rival club Esteghlal, where he suffered an injury that sidelined him until late in 2017, before joining Machine Sazi a year later.

The 25-year-old Iranian international defender's move ahead of the next Iran Pro League season will be vital, as Persepolis look to earn their 13th domestic title.

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کنعانی زادگان برای دو سال به پرسپولیس پیوست مدافع خوزستانی تیم ملی کشورمان پس از جلسه امروز یک شنبه خود با مدیرعامل باشگاه، با قراردادی دو ساله به جمع سرخپوشان پیوست و از این پس بار دیگر افتخار پوشیدن تیم فوتبال پرسپولیس قهرمان را خواهد داشت. به گزارش سایت رسمی باشگاه پرسپولیس، محمد حسین کنعانی زادگان ساعت ۱۹ امروز در پی مذاکرات قبلی خود ، در محل باشگاه حضور پیدا کرد و نشستی را با ایرج عرب داشت که منجر به توافق نهایی و عقد قرارداد با پرسپولیس شد. کنعانی زادگان سال ۱۳۹۰ در پرسپولیس حضور داشت ولی در ادامه برای خدمت سربازی به ملوان رفت. وی پس از سربازی به پرسپولیس ملحق نشد و شانس قهرمانی با پرسپولیس را به دست نیاورد ولی حالا برای قهرمانی با سرخپوشان به تیم سابق خود ملحق شده است. وی سال گذشته برای ماشین سازی بازی کرد و سابقه بازی در تیم های ملی زیر ۱۷ سال، زیر۲۰ سال و بزرگسالان را دارد.

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Al Jazira have announced the signing of prolific Brazilian striker Marcos da Silva Franca .

The 29 year-old popularly known as Keno or Marcos Keno, will join his new ‘Pride of Abu Dhabi’ teammates for the first time during this month’s summer training camp in the Netherlands for the new 2019-20 season.

Born in the Brazilian city of Salvador, Keno - who plays mainly as a left winger - is also adept at playing on the right wing and as a second striker.

Keno brings plenty of experience to Al Jazira having played for Atlas Guadalajara in Mexico, Botafogo and Palmeiras in Brazil before joining the Egyptian club Pyramids FC in 2018.

Official: Al Jazira Signs Brazilian Striker #Keno on a Loan Deal from @pyramidsfc

More details 👉 https://t.co/2FmhRfUQy5 pic.twitter.com/kRxO1OPmGZ

— Al Jazira Club (@AlJazira_uae_EN) July 7, 2019

Keno played 33 matches for the Egyptian club Pyramids FC in the 2018-19 season where he was involved in 21 goals through assists and goals.

“I am excited for my new journey with Al-Jazira and I am delighted to join this great reputable club which was the home to some of the football world’s biggest names like the Brazilian legend Ricardo Oliveira and the African legend George Weah.

“I am fully aware of Al Jazira’s attacking play style and their commitment towards giving their fans a memorable match experience," Keno said.


6 July

Shoya Nakajima has signed a five-year deal with Portuguese top-side Porto from Qatar’s Al Duhail SC, the club announced on Saturday.

The Japanese international joined the six-time Qatar Stars League in February 2019, and was instrumental in Al Duhail’s campaign in the Qatar Amir Cup three months later, where they earned their third title after beating Al Sadd 4-1 in the final.

Quando pisas o relvado do Dragão, vestido de azul e branco, pela primeira vez 😀🔵⚪#FCPorto #WelcomeNakajima pic.twitter.com/aNzss0TbsW

— FC Porto (@FCPorto) July 5, 2019

Youssef El Arabi has also been confirmed signing with Greece’s Olympiacos from Al Duhail.

The move marks the 32-year-old Moroccan international’s return to the European continent, as he began with French club Stade Malherbe Caen in 2008, before moving to Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal Saudi FC three years later.

In 2012, El Arabi then transferred to play in the La Liga with Granada, where he spent four seasons.

Al Duhail will play in an all-Qatari 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 tie against domestic rivals Al Sadd on August 6 , with the second leg set to commence a week later.


Vancouver Whitecaps FC recently announced acquiring left-back Ali Adnan from Italian Serie A Club Udinese Calcio.

Adnan, who is also an Iraqi international, was originally on loan to Vancouver and will continue his stay in the Major League Soccer until 2021, with an option for 2022, said the club.

"From my first day at this club, I feel like I’m at home. It’s not easy to find a club like this,” Adnan said. “I am very thankful to the club’s ownership, coaches, staff, and my teammates. The fans and city of Vancouver have been extremely welcoming and supportive. I look forward to representing everyone at the club to the best of my ability.”

He stay.
#VWFC acquire Ali Adnan in a multimillion-dollar transaction, sign the Iraqi international as a Designated Player. #ItTakesAVillage 🌊https://t.co/kpRwh0qB9D

— Vancouver Whitecaps FC (@WhitecapsFC) July 5, 2019

5 July

Hoang Anh Gia Lai's Nguyen Cong Phuong has signed a one-year loan deal with Belgian club Sint-Truidense V.V.

The 24-year-old Vietnamese international, who was previously on loan with Korea Republic's Incheon United, was called up to the senior squad last January in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.

Cong Phuong scored a vital equaliser against Jordan in the Round of 16, and Vietnam eventually beat the West Asians 4-2 on penalties.

“Very proud and happy to join Sint-Truidense V.V. in the Belgian First Division A," said Cong Phuong. "This is a major turning point in my football career.

"Thank you to Mr Doan Nguyen Duc, coaching staff of HAGL Club, Vietnam football officials and Sint-Truidense V.V. I will try to train and play my best to please the fans."


Muangthong United FC have signed left-back Ernesto Amantegui Phumipha and centre-back Marco Ballini.

Both defenders are no strangers to the Thai League 1, as Spanish-born Ernesto moves from Port FC, while Ballini has signed from from Chainat Hornbill.

The two have been signed to bolster Muangthong’s backline as the Kirins are positioned 13th in the domestic league with 17 points, just four ahead of bottom-placed Chiangmai FC.

SCG Muangthong United Press Conference Live: Ernesto Phumipha and Marco Ballini join the Kirin. #MTUTD #thailand #football https://t.co/2d3a0iOeY8

— Muangthong United FC (@MuangthongUtd) July 5, 2019

Adelaide United have announced signing Riley McGree from Belgium giants, Club Brugge, on a three-year contract.

The 20-year-old returns to his hometown club for an undisclosed fee and will remain with Adelaide until the end of the A-League 2021/22 season.

“It’s great to be back with Adelaide United and to have another opportunity at this great club ahead of a big season," McGree said.

“As a team, Adelaide had a very good season last year and were unlucky to miss out on a place in the Grand Final, so I have big ambitions for the club and myself for sure.

“Gertjan likes to play a style of football that suits me well so I’m excited to be part of this team and cannot wait for it all to begin.”

 

Transfer fee McGree’d. ✅
Three year contract signed. ✅

📰 Get reacquainted with @McgreeRiley: https://t.co/PUQzGZt4zV pic.twitter.com/2dq0urvfar

— Adelaide United (@AdelaideUnited) July 5, 2019

Romanian international Nicolae Stanciu has signed a four-year contract with Slavia Prague from Al Ahli Saudi FC.

This marks the 26-year-old's second stint in Czech Republic, where he had played for a rival club, AC Sparta Prague in 2018.

 

Al-Ahli would like to thank Nicolae Stanciu and wish him the best after completing his move to Slavia Prague

Thank you, Nicolae! #AHLIFC pic.twitter.com/cQRloLlzcT

— Al-Ahli Saudi Club (@ALAHLI_FCEN) July 4, 2019

4 July

Islamic Republic of Iran's Mehrdad Mohammadi has completed his transfer to Portuguese club Desportivo das Aves, from Sepahan SC.

The 25-year-old winger was instrumental in the Isfahan-based club finishing runners-up in the 2018-19 Iran Pro League, three points behind domestic champions Persepolis.


3 July

Former Manchester City and FC Barcelona star Yaya Toure has joined Chinese side Qingdao Huanghai. The 36-year-old Ivorian midfielder left Greek side Olympiakos in December 2018.

"Since the start of my career I have always loved challenges and now I will make history once again with Qingdao Huanghai," he said.

"I can't wait to let my football do the magic once again."


2 July

Korea Republic defender Kwon Kyung-won has returned to current K-League champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors on a loan deal from Tianjin Tianhai.

The 2015 AFC Champions League runner-up came up through the youth academy at Jeonbuk and played his first season as a professional with them in 2013.


UEFA Champions League-winning manager Rafael Benitez has announced that he will join Chinese top-tier side Dalian Yifang, just days after his three-year reign at English club Newcastle United came to an end.


Buriram United have announced the signing of Swedish striker Rasmus Jönsson.

The current Thai Premier League leaders will hope the 29-year-old Scandinavian, capped twice for his country, can fire them to an eighth domestic championship.


2018 AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal champions Home United have announced the appointment of Radojko Avramovic as head coach of the Singaporean side.

The 69-year-old Serbian, affectionately known as ‘Raddy’, was famously coach of the Singapore national team from 2003 to 2012.


Philippines international Alvaro Silva has signed for Thailand's Suphanburi FC.

The defender announced his intention to leave former club Ceres Negros at the end of last month.

 

WELCOME ALVARO SILVA

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German midfielder Alexander Baumjohann has switched from Western Sydney Wanderers to arch-rivals Sydney FC on a two-year deal.

“I’m very excited and very happy to sign for such a big club like Sydney FC,” Baumjohann said.

“I came to Australia last year not knowing a lot about Australian football. However, it didn’t take me long to see that Sydney FC is the biggest club in the country by far and in all aspects of the game."

🇦🇺 x 🇩🇪

Welcome to the Sky Blue Family @AlexBaumjohann!#SydneyIsSkyBlue #ComeWithUs pic.twitter.com/DSwg2qszTI

— Sydney FC (@SydneyFC) July 2, 2019

1 July

Dalian Yifang FC have announced that Choi Kang-hee has relinquished his position as head coach of the Chinese Super League side.

Korea Republic's Choi, 60, had been at the helm since February. He cited personal reasons for his decision to leave Dalian Yifang.


Akira Nishino has been appointed head coach of the Thailand national team.

The former Japan national head coach will lead Thailand's bid to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.

#ChangsuekNews
OFFICIAL!!! The Football Association of Thailand have appointed Akira Nishino as the National Team Coach.

Welcome Akira Nishino to the Changsuek family. Good luck with the First Team and U23 Team. 🇹🇭⚽️#ช้างศึก #Togetherasone #อากิระ #นิชิโนะ #Akira #Nishino pic.twitter.com/LHe5bsM0xL

— Changsuek (@Changsuek_TH) July 1, 2019

Persepolis FC have unveiled Argentine Gabriel Calderon as their new head coach.

The former Argentina international replaces Croatian Branko Ivankovic, who is now leading Saudi Arabia's Al Ahli.


Australia captain Mark Milligan has joined England's Southend United.

The 33-year-old midfielder, who can also play at centre-back, has signed a one-year deal plus a club option for a further year.

"I’m very excited. It’s always a process but to be down here now I can’t wait to get started," said the Socceroos skipper.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to play a lot of games internationally and at some major tournaments as well so one thing that I will bring is experience, on and off the pitch."

🤝

We are delighted to announce the signing of Australia captain Mark Milligan, subject to international clearance.

Welcome to #Blues, @mmills05 🇦🇺 pic.twitter.com/r87Uf3Odo4

— Southend United (@SUFCRootsHall) July 1, 2019

Japan goalkeeper Daniel Schmidt has agreed terms to join Belgian club Sint-Truidenese V.V.

The Samurai Blue custodian will fly out to his new club on July 13.


IR Iran prodigy Allahyar Sayyadmanesh has signed a five-year deal with Turkish giants Fenerbahce.

The 18-year-old striker excelled in his first season as a professional for Esteghlal in the 2018-2019 campaign, and made his national team debut last month in a goal-scoring cameo off the bench against Syria.

Sayyadmanesh was named in the Guardian Next Generation 2018: 60 of the best young talents in world footbal list.

A L L A H Y A R. 😉

🔗https://t.co/KKaJW5dQ2y pic.twitter.com/DeOzO3Jg0w

— Fenerbahçe SK (@Fenerbahce) July 1, 2019

30 June

Afghanistan midfielder Mustafa Zazai has signed for Cambodian side Phnom Penh Crown FC from Malaysia club Kelantan FC.

Zazai, 26, has scored four goals in 30 appearances for the Afghanistan national team. Phnom Penh Crown are currently seventh in the Cambodian League having collected 21 points from 12 matches.

 

Welcome to our new player❗

📍 Smart RSN Stadium Welcome to our new player❗ * * #PPCFC #Smart

Posted by Phnom Penh Crown FC on Saturday, 29 June 2019

29 June

Defender Alvaro Silva is parting ways with Ceres Negros FC following the Philippines club’s exit from the 2019 AFC Cup.
The Philippines international joined Ceres earlier this year after appearing for Kedah FA in the 2018 Malaysia Super League.


28 June

Pacey winger Takahiro Sekine has rejoined Urawa Red Diamonds after his stint in Europe, the club announced on Friday.

In August 2017, Sekine moved to play with German Second Division team, FC Ingolstadt 04, before he was then loaned out to Belgium's Sint -Truiden in 2018, where he opened his European account with a late equaliser against KFCO Beerschot VA in April 2019.

Photos: Sydney FC, Dalian Yifang, Qingdao Huanghai

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