Bangkok: AFC Champions League hopefuls Bangkok United have bolstered their arsenal with the addition of former Japan striker Mike Havenaar on Sunday.
Alexandre Polking’s side face Hanoi FC of Vietnam in the preliminary stage of the AFC Champions League on February 12, in their third appearance in the Continental competition following stints in 2007 and 2017.
Bangkok United’s best finish came in 2007 where they reached the group stage of the AFC Champions League.
Sydney: Football Federation Australia (FFA) has announced Western Melbourne Group and Macarthur South West Sydney will join an expanded A-League.
Western Melbourne Group will enter the competition in season 2019/20, with Macarthur South West Sydney entering the competition the following season 2020/21.
In deciding to expand the competition in this manner, the FFA Board accepted the recommendations of the FFA Senior Executive. Two Directors, Remo Nogarotto and Joseph Carrozzi, recused themselves from deliberations and decision-making on the matter.
Football Federation Australia Chairman, Chris Nikou, said it was an exciting time for football and the level of interest in joining the A-League from prospective bidders highlighted the huge potential for the game in Australia.
“We have seen unprecedented interest from bids to be part of the A-League and we are excited about our two new expansion clubs in Sydney and Melbourne.
Daegu: Daegu FC powered to a 3-0 win over Ulsan Hyundai FC in the second leg of the 2018 Korea Football Association (FA) Cup, clinching the title 5-1 on aggregate on Saturday.
Three second half goals secured Daegu their first ever honour since being founded in 2002.
Daegu, led by Brazilian head coach Andre Luiz Alves Santos, will now make their debut appearance in the 2019 AFC Champions League. They will be in Group F, facing Chinese Super League runners-up Guangzhou Evergrande, Australian A-League final series winners Melbourne Victory and a winner from the play-offs.
Kuala Lumpur: Urawa Red Diamonds and Vegalta Sendai will be aiming for more than just the title in Sunday's Japan Emperor's Cup final as the winners will also seal a group spot in the 2019 AFC Champions League.
Both teams finished out of the 2019 AFC Champions League positions in the recently concluded J.League season, with Urawa settling for fifth place and Vegalta in 11th.
Both teams will be eager to claim the 2019 AFC Champions League slot as for Urawa, it would mean a return to the Continent's premier Club tournament while it would be a comeback after six years for Vegalta.