Kuala Lumpur: The thrill of top-tier Asian football action returns in the exhilarating aftermath of the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ with the pursuit to secure the ultimate Continental club glory getting underway for 16 teams as early as next week when the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 Knockout Stage kicks off.
The 21st edition of Asia’s flagship club competition concluded its Group Stage in last December and saw eight sides each from the East and West Regions discover their path to the Final at the official draw later in the same month.
Kuala Lumpur: Yokohama F Marinos will be led into the last 16 of the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 by Harry Kewell after the former Australia international was named the club’s new head coach on Sunday.
Kewell replaces compatriot Kevin Muscat, who announced his departure from the J1 League side at the end of the just-concluded season having led the club to the domestic title in 2022.
The 45-year-old former Leeds United and Liverpool attacker joins after working as assistant coach to Brendan Rodgers at Scottish Premiership side Celtic, having previously worked as head coach at English sides Crawley Town, Notts County, Oldham Athletic and Barnet.
Kuala Lumpur: The group stage of the AFC Champions League™ 2023/24 concluded on Wednesday with the final outcome lacking no shortage of surprises.
As the 16 teams who qualified look forward to the knockout stage draw which is scheduled to be held on December 28 at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the-AFC.com takes a look at how the group stage unfolded.