Preview: 2022 AFC Champions League™ Playoffs (WEST)
Dubai: The last three places at the 2022 AFC Champions League™ group stage (West) will be up for grabs as six sides contest the qualifying playoffs on Tuesday with the winners completing Groups A, D and E.
Sharjah FC will look to make it a third consecutive appearance in the competition when they face Al Zawraa SC, while Al Taawoun FC will be eager not to miss out on a place in Group D which they host as they take on Al Jaish SC while Baniyas Club and FC Nasaf battle out for a return to the group stage for the first time since 2012 and 2018 respectively.
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Kuala Lumpur: It’s the night where AFC Champions League dreams are made and broken, and we’ve got the lowdown on all 12 teams in action on what looms as an unmissable Tuesday across Asia.
The stakes could scarcely be higher. Success on the night will take the winning club to the pinnacle of the Asian club game for six matches against the continent’s best, while failure means AFC Champions League ambitions stopped dead in their tracks for at least another year.
With six winner-takes-all matches ahead – three in the East, and three in the West – we have examined the recent fortunes of each team, including their league positions, latest matches and top scorers.
Join the-AFC.com as we break down the contenders ahead one of the key nights on the 2022 ACL calendar.
Kim Young-gwon: It’s an honour to be coached by Hong Myung-bo
Ulsan: Two AFC Champions League winners’ medals, multiple league titles, an AFC Asian Cup final appearance and a goal in a historic FIFA World Cup victory over Germany – Kim Young-gwon has enjoyed a storied career but one in which, perhaps surprisingly, he had never played for a club in his native Korea Republic.
That was until January this year when, after a trophy-laden seven seasons at Guangzhou FC in China PR was sandwiched in between a pair of three-year spells in Japan’s J1 League, the 32-year-old finally opted to return home.
Bangkok: Philip Roller insists that anything is possible in Port FC’s 2022 AFC Champions League playoff against two-time winners Ulsan Hyundai as the Thai side aim to cause an upset in Korea Republic and reach the group stage for the second successive campaign.
After progressing directly to the 2021 edition to make their competition debut, Port will now have to overcome a continental giant in 2020 champions Ulsan to return to the group stage when the sides face off at Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium on March 15.
Juraboev on board for United City’s AFC Champions League mission
Manila: United City FC have bolstered their playing ranks ahead of next month’s AFC Champions League group stage, completing the signing of Tajikistan international Amirbek Juraboev.
The 25-year-old joins the Filipino club from Tajik champions FC Istiklol, where he won six consecutive league titles from 2016 to 2021 and was part of the side that met Persepolis FC in the knockout stage of last year’s continental tournament.