Injury heartbreak motivates Leandro ahead of AFC Champions League restart
Tokyo: Having missed out on Continental glory with former side Kashima Antlers in 2018, star winger Leandro is hoping he can help guide FC Tokyo to similar heights in Doha.
Two years ago Kashima Antlers enjoyed one of the most memorable years in their trophy-laden existence when the J1 League side went all the way to the 2018 AFC Champions League final and were crowned Asia's kings after defeating IR Iran's Persepolis.
But while his number 11 shirt was on display in the celebrations post-match at Tehran's Azadi Stadium, it was not on the back of Brazilian forward Leandro but being held aloft by countryman Leo Silva, with the player instead back in Japan recovering from surgery on a knee injury that had effectively ruled him out of action for much of the year.
Vote for your best AFC Champions League 2020 (West): Head Coach
Dubai: As we edge closer to the resumption of the 2020 AFC Champions League with the East matches taking place in Doha over the next few weeks, head coaches of the 16 participating teams hope to create names for themselves in the competition as those from West Asia groups did earlier in the year.
the-AFC.com looks at four head coaches from four different nations who led their respective sides into the quarter-finals of the 2020 AFC Champions League (West), navigating various challenges and proving their worth as some of the finest in the continent in 2020.
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Champions League is the perfect stage for a breakthrough performance for one of Asia's next generation and when the tournament resumes next week, there are several young guns who could be poised to seize their chance to impress.
With six countries represented in the East Zone section of the draw, the-AFC.com has picked out a youngster from each nation to look out for at the Continental competition in Qatar as football fans prepare for an exciting month of action.
Vote for your best AFC Champions League 2020 (West) Team: Forwards
Kuala Lumpur: The 2020 AFC Champions League (West) boasted an array of fine attacking talent with some world-class performers gracing Asia's most prestigious club competition.
Over the past three weeks, fans of Asian football have decided their top goalkeeper, the best defence and the playmakers in midfield, so now it's time to turn our attention to the all-important forward positions in order to find a front trio to complete the Best XI.
Using match data from the tournament, we've selected seven standout performers who completed the 2020 AFC Champions League (West) to present a star-studded cast. All you need to do is review the nominees and vote for your favourite in the poll below.
Bracket Challenge – Quarter-Final: Safawi Rasid (JDT) vs Lam Ka Wai (Kitchee SC)
Kuala Lumpur: As the AFC Cup Bracket Challenge draws ever closer to its conclusion, the-AFC.com presents you with another couple of stunning efforts from years gone by in the second quarter-final.
For the second successive day, the last eight features a contest between Malaysia and Hong Kong as Safawi Rasid's piledriver for Johor Darul Ta'zim in 2018 goes up against lovely effort by Kitchee SC's Lam Ka Wai from 2014.
Bracket Challenge – Quarter-Final: Chan Siu Ki (South China) vs Safee Sali (JDT)
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Cup Bracket Challenge has featured some of the finest goals from the Continental competition over the past 10 years and now just eight remain as we aim to find out what you, the fans, consider the greatest of them all.
The first of our quarter-final match-ups sees East Asia take on ASEAN as a Chan Siu Ki stunner for Hong Kong's South China AA in 2015 faces off against an acrobatic effort by Safee Sali for Malaysia's Johor Darul Ta'zim in the same year.
Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week
Kuala Lumpur: After last week’s poll produced a maiden female winner, the search for the best performing Asian footballer outside the continent continues with a new batch of candidates.
In this week’s list of Asian world-beaters, a teenager helps bring down one of the world’s biggest clubs, a regular nominee shows why he has been voted his club’s player of the season, plus goals in England, Portugal, Belgium and Sweden
Who deserves the title of AFC International Player of the Week? Here are our contenders from November 4 to 10.