Jeonbuk's Son Jun-ho looking to sign off stellar season with AFC Champions League glory
Jeonju: On the heels of a league-cup double in the K League 1, 2020 MVP winner Son Jun-ho is seeking more success on the Continental stage with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors on the hunt for a third AFC Champions League title.
Even for a team as successful as Jeonbuk, when it comes to on-field performances and results 2020 has been a banner year. A come-from-behind championship run saw them lift a fourth consecutive K League 1 title before winning a first FA Cup since 2005 to complete a memorable trophy haul.
And for midfielder Son Jun-ho it was a particularly noteworthy season as the 28-year-old was named the league's Most Valuable Player after a string of stunning showings. The Korea Republic international spoke exclusively to the-AFC.com to reflect on the year gone and look ahead to the resumption of the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) in Doha.
Stage set for 2020 AFC Champions League (East) in Doha
Doha: The exciting race to join Islamic Republic of Iran’s Persepolis FC in the 2020 AFC Champions League final on December 19 will kick-off on Wednesday in Doha, Qatar as Asia’s top clubs from the East Zone restart their eagerly anticipated Group Stage campaigns.
Similar to the AFC Champions League (West), which was successfully staged last month, players and officials will be placed under strict health regulations and measures as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Zhang Yuning ready to power Beijing FC's AFC Champions League challenge
Beijing: Injury ruled Zhang Yuning out of Beijing FC’s opening win over Chiangrai United in the 2020 AFC Champions League earlier this year, but the China PR international is now firing on all cylinders and is hoping to steer his side into the knockout rounds of the continental club championship.
The 23-year-old missed the win over the Thai League 1 champions after breaking a bone in his foot during the group phase of the AFC U23 Championship in January and, although side-lined for several months, Zhang believes he has returned stronger than before.
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.
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