Tashkent: The kick off to the 2021 AFC Champions (East) is now just days away with the four teams in Group H beginning their campaigns in Uzbekistan on Friday.
And it's a group with plenty of pedigree as two-time AFC Champions League winners Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors of Korea Republic and 2008 champions Gamba Osaka of Japan lead the cast. The pair are joined by Thailand's Chiangrai United, who return for the second successive year, and Singaporean debutants Tampines Rovers.
Buriram: Thailand's Buriram Stadium will see hosts Port FC welcome China PR's Guangzhou FC, Hong Kong champions Kitchee SC and Cerezo Osaka of Japan to Group J of the 2021 AFC Champions League with the action set to kick off on Thursday.
The 2021 edition sees Port make their long-awaited debut in the AFC Champions League while Kitchee return for the first time since 2018 boasting a continental superstar with a record in his sights.
Bangkok: The 2021 AFC Champions League (East) gets underway on Tuesday when the four teams in Group G kick off their campaigns at Thailand's Rajamangala Stadium.
Ratchaburi Mitr Phol from the host country will make their continental debut and they will be joined by Southeast Asian rivals Johor Darul Ta'zim of Malaysia, 2009 winners Pohang Steelers of Korea Republic and Japan's Nagoya Grampus, who return for the first time since 2012.
'Better than ever' Marañón ready for historic 2021 AFC Champions League challenge
Tashkent: United City FC are set to make Philippines football history when the nation debuts in Asia's premium club competition, the AFC Champions League. The team's main source of goals, Bienvenido Marañón, will be aiming to make it an occasion to remember.
After falling at the final hurdle in the playoffs in back-to-back years, United City FC - then known as Ceres Negros - are finally set to make their AFC Champions League group stage debut, a landmark achievement for Filipino football.
The-AFC.com caught up exclusively with United City FC forward Marañón, the AFC Cup's all-time top scorer, ahead of the 2021 AFC Champions League kick off to discuss the Spain-born striker's preparations, their Group I opponents and his goals for the tournament.
Kakitani targets AFC Champions League title with Nagoya
Bangkok: As Nagoya Grampus prepare to make their long-awaited return to the AFC Champions League, Yoichiro Kakitani has admitted that he has his sights set on the Japanese side being crowned continental champions.
Nagoya last appeared in the competition in 2012 when they reached the Round of 16, after which they suffered a downturn of fortunes that culminated in relegation to the second tier in 2016 before returning to the top flight a year later.
After a period of restabalisation Nagoya then returned to the upper echelons of the J1 League, with a third-place finish last season ensuring direct entry into the 2021 AFC Champions League and Kakitani is now aiming to continue the upward trajectory.
Bui Tien Dung: Viettel relishing AFC Champions League test against Ulsan Hyundai
Bangkok: Viettel captain Bui Tien Dung has said he can't wait to face defending champions Ulsan Hyundai FC when the Vietnamese side make their AFC Champions League debut against the Korean giants on Saturday.
After bouncing between Vietnam's top two leagues over the past 15 years, Viettel gained promotion to the top flight in 2018 and two years later were crowned champions of their country after finishing two points clear of Hanoi FC.
That title success saw the Hanoi-based club qualify directly to the 2021 AFC Champions League group stage as they became the first Vietnamese side to appear in the competition since Becamex Binh Duong in 2016.
And there could be few bigger introductions to the tournament than opening against last year's winners Ulsan Hyundai.
Azmoun, Son, Mabkhout and more: Vote for your Asian Qualifiers Player of the Month
Kuala Lumpur: For some, it was the month the Road to Qatar 2022 became decidedly precarious, and the continent’s star players pulled out all of the stops to keep their teams on track.
Some of Asia’s biggest names produced the heroics required to keep their respective nations’ FIFA World Cup dreams alive, and they were joined by new faces eager to leave a mark of their own.
An elite 12 teams remain in contention for a place at next year’s global showpiece, but which player played the biggest role in shaping their side’s destiny? Who was the outstanding player in Asia’s momentous month?