Kuala Lumpur: The 2022 AFC Champions League’s qualifying rounds are set to kick off on Tuesday, March 8 as Sydney FC host Kaya FC-Iloilo of the Philippines with a place in the group stage up for grabs.
Kaya are aiming to reach the competition proper for the second successive year after overcoming Shanghai Port in the playoffs last time round, although a trip to Australia to take on an A-League giant provides a huge hurdle to overcome.
With the remaining six playoff matches to take place on March 15, the-AFC.com looks at five upsets in the AFC Champions League’s qualifying rounds over the years.
Star signing Kim Shin-wook looks to fire Lion City Sailors to domestic and continental glory
Singapore: One of the biggest moves in the history of the Singapore Premier League was announced last November when Korea Republic’s 6’ 5” striker Kim Shin-wook signed with Lion City Sailors ahead of the 2022 season.
The two-time AFC Champions League winner joined the-AFC.com for an exclusive interview to discuss his move to the Singapore Premier League champions, the domestic season and 2022 AFC Champions League campaign, and what his arrival can mean for Singaporean football.
Daegu’s Gama ready for ‘game of emotions’ against former side Buriram
Daegu: Just over three months since Alexandre Gama said goodbye to his Buriram United players, the Brazilian tactician will have to overcome those familiar faces if he is to steer Daegu FC into the 2022 AFC Champions League group stage.
Gama, who won two league titles and a host of cup competitions during his first spell with the Thai club, stepped down from his second stint towards the end of last year before taking the reins at K League 1 side Daegu FC ahead of the 2022 campaign.
AFC Champions League 2022™ (West) Group Stage to be held in Saudi Arabia
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Champions League 2022™ (West) Group Stage centralised matches will be held in Saudi Arabia from April 7 to 27, subject to ratification by the AFC Executive Committee of the AFC Competitions Committee’s decision regarding the Hosting of Centralised Matches in the Group Stage.
Four-time Continental club champions Al Hilal SFC will begin their title defence in the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, where the 17-time Saudi Pro League winners will face Group A contenders Tajikistan’s FC Istiklol, Qatar’s Al Rayyan SC as well as the winners of the Playoff Stage match between Sharjah from the United Arab Emirates and Iraqi side Al Zawraa Club.
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has today confirmed the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) as the host Member Association for the AFC Cup 2022™ Group I centralised matches scheduled to take place from June 24 to 30.
Ho Chi Minh City will provide the stage for Group I contenders Vietnam’s Viettel FC, Hougang United from Singapore, Phnom Penh Crown FC of Cambodia and Young Elephants FC from Laos.