Kuala Lumpur: Ahead of the 2019 AFC Champions League group stage, we look at 10 youngsters who could make the difference for their respective teams.
From Omar Abdulrahman to Wu Lei to Omar Khribin, some of the biggest stars in Asian football have announced themselves through the AFC Champions League over the years.
The Continent's prime club competition returns with the group stage of the 2019 edition starting next week. The-AFC.com looks at 10 players the age of 22 and under who could be the next big hit in this year's campaign.
Ulsan: Korea Republic's Ulsan Hyundai FC head coach Kim Do-hoon is confident his side can end their title-drought this season, having made major additions to their squad.
Ulsan secured their place in the 2019 AFC Champions League Group Stage after recording an emphatic 5-1 win against Malaysia's Perak in a play-off tie on Tuesday.
The 2005 Continental champions won the Korea Football Association (FA) Cup in 2017 under Kim's management, and the 48-year-old coach wants the same success in the domestic league, as well as the AFC Champions League.
Kuala Lumpur: Ahead of the 2019 AFC Champions League group stage, we look at 10 new signings who could make the difference for their respective teams.
From the likes of household names in Keisuke Honda of Melbourne Victory and Bafetimbi Gomis at Al Hilal to prolific scorers like Al Ahli's Djaniny and Buriram United's Diogo, there will be plenty of new stars set to shine on Asian club football's grandest stage in this year's continental competition.
While the above have already spent several months at their new clubs, or previously appeared in the AFC Champions League, we look at some of the most recent signings and reveal what they could bring to their teams at the 2019 edition.
Beijing: China PR’s Beijing FC have further bolstered their squad ahead of the 2019 season with the of signing Zhang Yuning from English club West Bromwich Albion.
Zhang began his professional career with Hangzhou Greentown after graduating from the club’s youth academy in 2015. Shortly after, the 22-year-old made a move to Eredivisie side SBV Vitesse for two years.
In 2017, Zhang signed with Albion, where he was subsequently loaned out to German club Werder Bremen and Netherlands side ADO Den Haag in 2018.
Jeddah: Chilean Jose Luis Sierra will replace Slaven Bilic as the new Al Ittihad manager, the Saudi Pro League club said on Monday.
“The club board decided after reviewing the team's recent results, which were not up to our hopes, to end the coach's contract and appoint Jose Luis Sierra as the new coach,” the club announced on their social media channels.
Al Ittihad, who agreed a three-year-deal with Bilic in September last year, have struggled to find form in the domestic league under the Croatian and are second from bottom in the standings.
This year I want to be an ACL champion too, says Sho Ito
Ibaraki: Having joined AFC Champions League holders Kashima Antlers ahead of the 2019 season, and marked his debut with a goal in the Play-off win over Newcastle Jets, Sho Ito has his sights on Asian glory.
Of the 11 who started Tuesday's AFC Champions League Play-off for defending champions Kashima, only new signing Ito had not been a part of the historic triumph in Tehran last November.
But the former Yokohama F. Marinos forward took little time in adjusting to the continental game, opening the scoring at Kashima Soccer Stadium in the 18th minute with his maiden goal for the club.