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The best Asian team at the FIFA World Cup announced!


Kuala Lumpur: Over the past four weeks, we've taken a trip down memory lane to recall some of the greatest performances seen by Asia's footballers at the FIFA World Cup.

With the aim of finding out the fans' all-time favourite team, the-AFC.com has presented a number of candidates who have all excelled at the World Cup over the years, contributing considerably to their respective countries' success at the global showpiece.

And after you have voted in your tens of thousands, Asia's Best XI at the FIFA World Cup can now be revealed, while an XI by OPTA, the official statistics provider for the AFC, is also included as a comparison.

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Goalkeeper

With just under two-thirds of the votes, Saudi Arabia legend Mohammed Al Deayea gets the nod between the sticks ahead of Korea Republic's Lee Woon-jae and Japan's Eiji Kawashima.

Al Deayea was a key part of the Green Falcons' finest performance at the World Cup when they made the last 16 on their debut in 1994.

OPTA Pick: Lee Woon-jae


Defenders

A backline boasting an array of experience and two players who have reached the FIFA World Cup semi-finals sees Korea Republic's Lee Young-pyo take his place at the right-back position after starring at three editions between 2002 and 2010.

Alongside Lee is his former international teammate Hong Myung-bo, a veteran of four World Cups and the man who captained the Taeguk Warriors to the last four on home soil after scoring the winning penalty against Spain in the quarter-finals.

Hong is partnered in central defence by Abdullah Zobromawi, who proved the most popular candidate among the voters. The former Al Ahli and Al Hilal man also reached the last 16 in 1994 and appeared at two more World Cups thereafter.

Japan's Yuto Nagatomo completes the four-man backline, with the attacking Japanese left-back impressing at three World Cups between 2010 and 2018 and twice reaching the knockout stages.

OPTA Picks: Song Chong-gug (KOR), Hong Myung-bo (KOR), Kim Tae-young (KOR), Yuto Nagatomo (JPN)


Midfielders

Having burst onto the World Cup scene in his homeland in 2002 and then starred in both the 2006 and 2010 editions, Park Ji-sung was considered the worthy nomination to take the right side of midfield berth.

Scorer of Saudi Arabia's first-ever goal at the global showpiece and the man who then netted the winner in the Green Falcons' maiden World Cup victory against Morocco, Fuad Anwar was by some distance the most popular candidate among voters for the midfield positions.

A trailblazer for Japanese footballers moving to Europe, Hidetoshi Nakata was an integral part of the Samurai Blue line-up in their debut at France 98 and went on to shine four years later on home soil.

Our midfield quartet is completed by one of the most recognisable players from the Continent: Keisuke Honda, who has scored in three successive World Cups and twice helped his nation reach the last 16.

OPTA Picks: Park Ji-sung (KOR), Mile Jedinak (AUS), Hidetoshi Nakata (JPN), Keisuke Honda (JPN)


Forwards

Two of the biggest names in Asian football make up a strong-looking frontline, with Sami Al Jaber coming out on top of the voting to lead the attack, followed by Korea Republic star Son Heung-min.

Saudi legend Al Jaber appeared at four World Cups, scoring three goals, while Son has netted in the past two editions, most notably rounding off a famous 2-0 win over defending champions Germany at Russia 2018.

OPTA Picks: Son Heung-min (KOR), Tim Cahill (AUS)

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