Preview - Round of 16: Al Ittihad (KSA) vs Zobahan FC (IRN)
Dubai: Al Wasl’s Zabeel Stadium plays host to the first West Asia fixture of the 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16, but it is Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad who are the home team as they face Islamic Republic of Iran’s Zobahan on Monday.
The two sides are meeting for the third time in the competition. In the 2010 group stage, Al Ittihad surrendered a 2-0 half-time lead to settle for a 2-2 draw in Jeddah, while Zobahan walked away 1-0 winners at Foolad Shahr Stadium.
Amman: Ahead of West Asia's 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16, the-AFC.com takes a look at the head coaches of the eight sides in contention.
Youth is the name of the game in West Asia this year as six of the eight AFC Champions League Round of 16 sides are led by head coaches younger than 50. With four new appointments and four continuing from the group stage, we are set to see some mouthwatering tactical battles over the next two weeks.
Amman: Ahead of the 2019 AFC Champions League knockout stage, clubs across the Continent have been busy strengthening their squads and making managerial appointments.
As a hot summer across West Asia comes to an end, it has also been a heated season in the transfer market. The eight teams from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Islamic Republic of Iran and Qatar bolstered their ranks with exciting signings who hope to start with a bang as teams kick-off their season with the 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 matches in August.
Barcelona: Qatar international and AFC Asian Cup 2019 winner Boualem Khoukhi has set his sights on claiming this season’s AFC Champions League title after joining his Al Sadd SC teammates for pre-season training in Spain.
The recent subject of an on-off transfer to domestic rivals Al Gharafa, Khoukhi arrived in Europe at the weekend determined to focus on his side’s upcoming AFC Champions League Round of 16 tie against Al Duhail SC.
With the two-legged Continental showdown set to start next week, Khoukhi has been quick to outline his targets for the competition and the positive impact he believes new head coach Xavi will have on his charges.