ACL Final - Saudi Arabia vs Japan: A 20-Year Rivalry
Kuala Lumpur: Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal are set to face Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League final on Saturday, a rematch of the 2017 edition's climax. This month's ties are the latest chapter in a rich history of Continental encounters between clubs from the Saudi Pro League and the J.League.
Twenty years ago, on 22 October, 1999, Japan's Jubilo Iwata faced off against Saudi Arabia's Al Ittihad in the 1999 Asian Super Cup, among the first major club clashes between two of the Continent's heavyweight.
Two decades later, sides from the two countries are set to face off once more. We rewind the clock and review some of the memorable matches between the West Asia giants and the East Asia powerhouses.
Kuala Lumpur: The 2019 AFC Champions League final between Al Hilal and Urawa Red Diamonds is drawing ever closer, with the first leg set to take place in Riyadh on Saturday.
It has been well documented that the tournament’s 10-goal leading scorer Bafetimbi Gomis of Al Hilal and Urawa Red Diamonds’ Shinzo Koroki (eight goals) are battling out for the top scorer accolade, but there are plenty more interesting numbers across the pitch.
Ahead of the first leg of the showpiece event at King Saud University Stadium, the-AFC.com has picked out 10 stats and facts to whet your appetite.
Kuala Lumpur: Riyadh is hosting an AFC Champions League final for the third time in six years, but the Saudi capital's rich traditions in Asian football are decades old.
When Al Hilal take on Urawa Red Diamonds in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League final, it will be the sixth time Riyadh is hosting a final tie in the AFC Champions League or Asian Club Championship, a record bettered by no other city in the Continent and only matched by Bangkok.
Kuala Lumpur: The clock is ticking down towards the 2019 AFC Champions League final between Al Hilal and Urawa Red Diamonds as the sides get set to meet for the second time in three years when the first leg kicks off in Riyadh on Saturday.
While both teams undoubtedly deserve their place in the showpiece event, there are a number of key moments and perhaps even some strokes of luck that have helped them along the way. The-AFC.com has picked out six events that have contributed to the sides’ success in the 2019 campaign.
2017 Final Flashback: Al Hilal vs Urawa Reds Diamonds
Kuala Lumpur: When Al Hilal and Urawa Red Diamonds meet in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League final in Riyadh on Saturday, it marks the second time in three years that the sides have faced off in the showpiece event.
As the clock ticks down towards the highly anticipated re-match, the-AFC.com looks back at the 2017 clash, which saw the two teams competing in the final for the second time.
Kuala Lumpur: The 2019 AFC Champions League final, that kicks off on saturday in Riyadh, will be a platform for the two best club sides in Asia to do battle in the Continent's premier showpiece event.
The players from Japan's Urawa Red Diamonds and Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia will have the chance to emboss their name on the proud history of the AFC Champions League, joining a list of legends who wowed the Continent.
Ahead of the first leg clash at King Saud University Stadium, we look back at five of those who seized their moment in the spotlight and ensured they would become AFC Champions League Final icons.
ACL 2019 Allianz Goal of the Week: Bafetimbi Gomis (Al Hilal SFC)
Kuala Lumpur: The-AFC.com announced on Friday that Al Hilal's Bafetimbi Gomis is the winner of this week’s Goal of the Week presented by Allianz for the 2019 AFC Champions League semi-final second legs.