Kuala Lumpur: The 2020 season of Asia’s most prestigious club competition – the AFC Champions League – will kick off on Tuesday with Singapore’s Tampines Rovers and Philippines’ Ceres Negros hosting Indonesia’s Bali United and Myanmar’s Shan United respectively at 7.30pm (UTC +8).
The Preliminary Round 1 qualifying action will continue just minutes later in India where Chennai FC will take on Riffa from Bahrain at the Arena Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Kuala Lumpur: Defending champions Al Hilal SFC will play in Group B of the 2020 AFC Champions League following the conclusion of the draw at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday.
Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal, who defeated Urawa Red Diamonds of Japan to lift the 2019 title after runners-up finishes in 2014 and 2017, will have Shabab Al Ahli Dubai (UAE), Pakhtakor (UZB) and the winner of a play-off for company.
Vissel Kobe seal debut ACL appearance with Emperor's Cup win
Tokyo: Vissel Kobe were crowned Emperor's Cup champions for the first time on Wednesday, inaugurating the new National Stadium with a 2-0 victory over Kashima Antlers following a pair of fortunate goals.
The star-studded club took the lead off an own goal by Kashima defender Tomoya Inukai in the 18th minute, then doubled the advantage when the ball ricocheted into the net off striker Noriaki Fujimoto 20 minutes later.
Tehran: Esteghlal FC put an end to uncertainty regarding the club’s head coaching role, confirming former Iranian international Farhad Majidi as their new boss on Thursday.
A star for the club during his glittering playing career, Majidi’s appointment comes after former Inter Milan and Udinese manager Andrea Stramaccioni stepped down from the top job on December 9.
The door had seemingly been left ajar for Stramaccioni to return to the role, but Esteghlal confirmed the Italian’s departure was permanent last week, with Majidi subsequently signing a one-and-a-half-year deal with the two-time Asian champions.
Majidi takes the job on a full-time basis having briefly held the reins at Esteghlal on a caretaker basis after the departure of German boss Winfried Schaefer last April.
Khalilzadeh voted best goal of AFC Champions League 2019
Kuala Lumpur: After nearly four million votes, the best goal of the 2019 AFC Champions League has been decided with Shojae Khalilzadeh's incredible scissor kick for Persepolis against Al Ahli named the winning effort following the public poll on the-AFC.com.
Ten fantastic goals were nominated that spanned the Continent from Uzbekistan to Urawa, but it was Persepolis' defender Khalilzadeh whose amazing acrobatics that captured the attention and favour of Asia's football fans.
Shanghai: Shanghai Shenhua came back from a first leg deficit to beat Shandong Luneng 3-0 in the 2019 Chinese FA Cup final, winning 3-1 on aggregate to claim their fifth title on Friday.
Shanghai overturned the first leg deficit with three second half goals from Kim Shin-wook, Stephan El Shaarawy and Alexander N'Doumbou.
After a goalless firat half, Kim - who joined Shanghai last July - was influential in the second period with the Korea Republic international firing home a half-volley to break the deadlock on the hour mark.