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Vote for your best ACL2019 Team: Goalkeeper


Kuala Lumpur: Fans of Asian football have voted for their Best XI at each edition of the AFC Champions League between 2016 and 2018, so now the-AFC.com turns to the most recently concluded chapter, the 2019 competition, to determine the top 11 players.

To select the candidates for each position, we have reflected on match data from the tournament to draw up a statistics-based approach to present the outstanding performers.

We kick things off with five standout goalkeepers for the all-important number one jersey. Review the nominees and then choose who you think should take the position as the last line of defence in this all-star XI in the poll below.

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Abdullah Al Mayoof – Al Hilal

  • 14 appearances, 14 goals conceded
  • 6 clean sheets (Joint #1 for goalkeepers)
  • 70.8% save percentage

Already named in the Best XI for the 2017 AFC Champions League edition, Al Hilal's Abdullah Al Mayoof returns as a candidate for the 2019 selection after a campaign in which he and his side returned to the tournament climax and famously ended the Riyadh giants' hunt for a first Continental title under the AFC Champions League brand.

MVP and Top Scorer Bafetimbi Gomis took many of the headlines during Al Hilal's run to Asian glory, but Al Mayoof was in particularly impressive form and was called upon to make some vital saves, especially in the two legs of the final where he blanked opponents Urawa Red Diamonds in over 180 minutes of play.


Shusaku Nishikawa – Urawa Red Diamonds

  • 13 appearances, 11 goals conceded
  • 6 clean sheets (Joint #1 for goalkeepers)
  • 75% save percentage

Nominated as best goalkeeper for the 2016 and 2017 editions, Shusaku Nishikawa enjoyed another memorable campaign in 2019 albeit with a bittersweet conclusion as he was the man between the posts as Urawa Red Diamonds were defeated in the final.

As in 2017, the Oita-native had the joint highest number of clean sheets and an impressive save percentage, putting in some vital performances, especially during the semi-finals where the 'keeper kept two-time AFC Champions League winners Guangzhou Evergrande goalless over both legs.


Oh Seung-hoon – Ulsan Hyundai

  • 7 appearances, 6 goals conceded
  • 4 clean sheets
  • 76.9% save percentage

For much of the 2019 group stage, Ulsan Hyundai had by far the meanest defence in the tournament. And at the heart of the impressive rearguard was custodian Oh Seung-hoon who recorded four clean sheets from five matches as Ulsan conceded just two goals and cruised to a place in the Round of 16.

Indeed, Oh's importance was underlined when he sat out Ulsan's Matchday Six tie away at Shanghai SIPG and the Koreans fell to a dismal 5-0 defeat. A 2-1 away win at Urawa Red Diamonds in the Round of 16 continued his and his side's impressive campaign, but they came unstuck during torrential conditions in the return meeting and a 3-0 loss saw things ultimately end on a sour note.


Yan Junling – Shanghai SIPG

  • 10 appearances, 13 goals conceded
  • 2 clean sheets
  • 40 saves (#1 for a goalkeeper)

As with Al Mayoof and Nishikawa, Shanghai SIPG's Yan Junling returns to our series having featured in the 2017 edition. Unlike the other goalkeepers, Yan's statistics tend to show more goals conceded than appearances which is testament to the attacking nature of his side that includes the likes of Hulk, Oscar and Marko Arnautovic.

The result is that Yan often suffers from less protection than his peers and can be considered among the most hard-working 'keepers in the AFC Champions League which is born out by his numbers: more saves and more punches than any other player, despite only playing up until the quarter-finals.


Song Beom-keun – Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors

  • 8 appearances, 5 goals conceded
  • 3 clean sheets
  • 84.4% save percentage (#1 for a goalkeeper)

The only candidate between the posts who returns having featured in the 2018 edition, Song Beom-kun underlined his ability by following up his breakthrough Continental campaign with an equally impressive 2019 tournament as a 21-year-old.

Although in terms of results, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors' 2019 Asian adventure was a disappointing one, after they were eliminated in the Round of 16, Song's individual performances throughout continued to draw acclaim. Indeed, the Seongnam-native enjoyed the highest save percentage among goalkeepers with a minimum of eight appearances.


Now that you've seen all five great goalkeepers, vote for your best in the poll and secure them a place in the Best XI for the 2019 AFC Champions League. Poll ends at 1600 (UTC 8) on August 22.

The Best XI chosen by fans and the Best XI based on the 2019 statistics will be announced in mid-September.

The poll has ended. Thank you for voting.

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