Kuala Lumpur: In the fourth edition of our AFC Champions League legends series, we turn the spotlight on Japan and highlight five icons who have graced Asia's premier club competition over the years.
Three J.League clubs have tasted Continental glory in the AFC Champions League era, with Urawa Red Diamonds, Gamba Osaka and Kashima Antlers all having lifted the prestigious trophy, and players from the trio feature heavily in our selection.
Suwon's Taggart targeting strong start against Jeonbuk in K League opener
Suwon: With a league-leading 20 goals in his debut season in the K League, Suwon Samsung Bluewings’ striker Adam Taggart knows how to make an impression.
But when the coronavirus-delayed season finally kicks off on Friday with an enticing encounter against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, the Australian forward will be paying attention to much more than scoring goals for Lee Lim-saeng’s team.
Kuala Lumpur: Excitement is building ahead of the return of Korea Republic's K League, with the sides undergoing their final preparations ahead of the big kick-off at the weekend.
Elsewhere, the action in the Chinese Taipei Premier League continues, clubs in Vietnam have returned to training, while home workouts remain the essential way to keep fit in many other countries, so join the-AFC.com as we look back at the highlights from on and off the field in the East and ASEAN Zones.
Kuala Lumpur: With the current AFC Champions League currently on hiatus, the-AFC.com kicks off a series of articles to determine your best sides from the last four editions of the AFC Champions League.
To select the candidates for each position, we have reflected match data from the tournament to draw up a statistics-based approach to present the outstanding performers.
We begin with five candidates for the all-important number one shirt. Review the nominees and then choose your favourite goalkeeper to helm the rearguard for this all-star XI in the poll below.
Kuala Lumpur: Ever since it burst into life just over six decades ago, the AFC Asian Cup has been a constant source of joy for football fans throughout our Continent.
From Korea Republic’s triumph in 1956 to Qatar’s success last year, the competition has come to represent Asian football at its finest, the embodiment of all that is good about the game we love so dearly. Of course, much has changed since the AFC Asian Cup’s inaugural event.
Both on and off the pitch, the continental gathering has moved with the times and morphed from its somewhat humble beginnings into a showpiece tournament which is now admired around the world.