Doha: As the return of the AFC Champions League (East) fast approaches, we shine the spotlight on the in-form forwards who have the potential to fire their respective sides into the knockout rounds and further.
The-AFC.com has selected six forwards who, in the absence of the AFC Champions League since early March, have starred for their teams in leagues across Asia and will go into the tournament's resumption full of confidence
Vote for your favourite AFC Champions League 2020 (West) player as Best XI is announced!
Kuala Lumpur: Just a few days before the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) resumes, the-AFC.com brings you the all-star team, as voted by the fans, from the 2020 (West) edition.
It will come as no surprise that a number of the Persepolis side who have reached the 2020 AFC Champions League final made the line-up after their impressive displays throughout and they are joined by five other standout performers.
Below are the 11 players voted by the public on the-AFC.com, while an XI by Stats Perform, the official statistics provider for the AFC, is also included as a comparison.
Tell us who is your favourite player from the AFC Champions League 2020 (West) in the poll at the bottom of the article.
AFC Champions League 2020: Persepolis' route to final relived
Doha: There is still everything to play for in the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) but Islamic Republic of Iran's Persepolis FC are one match away from laying their hands on the coveted trophy.
The Iranian champions sealed their spot in the December 19 final after a magnificent performance in the 2020 AFC Champions League (West) which was played in the centralised location of Qatar.
Having garnered just one point from their opening two matches before the tournament was halted in March by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Iranian champions hardly put a foot wrong when the tournament resumed in September.
Join the-AFC.com as we relive Persepolis' journey to the AFC Champions League final, their second in three years.
Wiener Neustadt: A severely depleted Korea Republic lost 3-2 to Mexico in international friendly match at the Stadion Wiener Neustadt in Wiener Neustadt, Austria on Saturday.
Missing six players who had tested positive for COVID-19 just hours before the friendly, Korea Republic conceded three times in a three-minute spell after Hwang Ui-jo had given them the lead in the 21st minute.
SC Freiburg midfielder Kwon Chang-hoon, FC Rubin Kazan midfielder Hwang In-beom, Busan IPark forward Lee Dong-jun and defender Kim Moon-hwan, Ulsan Hyundai FC goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo and Seongnam FC forward Na Sang-ho were the players who tested positive.
The match went ahead as Korea Republic were able to register 19 fit players, with rules requiring teams to have a minimum of 13.
Bracket Challenge – Quarter-Final: Ali Ashfaq (New Radiant) vs Nguyen Van Quyet (Hanoi FC)
Kuala Lumpur: The fourth and final place in the AFC Cup Bracket Challenge semi-finals will be confirmed after the match-up between a pair of stars from the Maldives and Vietnam as the-AFC.com presents the last quarter-final.
Today's contest features South Asia and ASEAN as Maldivian superstar Ali Ashfaq's cheeky goal for New Radiant in 2013 faces off against an excellent scissor kick from Hanoi FC's Nguyen Van Quyet in 2017