Record-breaking Langerak: There are no limits to what Nagoya Grampus can achieve in the AFC Champions League
Toyota City: With Nagoya Grampus set to return to the AFC Champions League knockout rounds for the first time in nine years when they take on Korea Republic's Daegu FC in the Round of 16 on Tuesday, goalkeeper Mitch Langerak believes anything is possible.
Making their first appearance since reaching the last 16 in 2012, the Japanese club had few problems in winning Group G back in June and July, when Langerak made his own long-awaited return to the tournament after he left Melbourne Victory for Borussia Dortmund back in 2010.
Eight years in Europe followed before the Australian returned to Asia to join Nagoya in early 2018. And after his first two campaigns ended in bottom-half finishes, a record-breaking 17 clean sheets in the 2020 season helped his side book their ticket back to the continental competition.
2021 AFC Champions League - Preview: Nagoya Grampus, Daegu FC seek quarter-final high
Toyota City: Nagoya Grampus return to the AFC Champions League’s Round of 16 for the first time since 2012 when they take on knockout round newcomers Daegu FC at the City of Toyota Stadium on Tuesday.
The game sees the two sides face off for the first time in their history with Japan’s Nagoya participating in the AFC Champions League for the fourth time and Korea Republic’s Daegu making just their second appearance.
After a nine-year hiatus on the continent, J1 League side Nagoya are looking to go beyond the last 16 for just the second time, while K League 1 club Daegu are hoping to emulate a number of illustrious Korean teams by going deep into the tournament.
Who’s in, who’s out: AFC Champions League Round of 16 East squads revealed
Kuala Lumpur: Asia’s top clubs are just days away from make-or-break AFC Champions League Round of 16 clashes, but with more than two months passing since the East Zone group stage was completed, next week’s blockbusters will not be without some new faces.
As the countdown to the knockout stage reaches its final days, the-AFC.com takes through who has arrived, who has departed and what it all means ahead of some of the biggest matches on the Asian football calendar
Who’s in, who’s out: AFC Champions League Round of 16 West squads revealed
Kuala Lumpur: It has been a rollercoaster of a summer transfer window in West Asia with most clubs making wholesale changes to their squads after the end of the 2021 AFC Champions League group stage.
As the countdown to the knockout stage reaches its final days, the-AFC.com takes you through who has arrived, who has departed and what it all means ahead of some of the biggest matches on the Asian football calendar.
2021 AFC Champions League Round of 16: 5 Things To Look Out For
Kuala Lumpur: The 16 remaining sides in the 2021 AFC Champions League will battle it out for a place in quarter-finals in the coming days with eight matches scheduled between Monday and Wednesday as the competition enters its one-legged knockout round format.
On the back of an incredible 15-game winning run, defending champions Ulsan Hyundai are among the contenders, as are the 2020 runners-up Persepolis FC and former winners Al Hilal SFC, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Pohang Steelers, while newcomers FC Istiklol and BG Pathum United enter the knockout rounds in their debut campaigns.
As the big kick-off fast approaches, the-AFC.com has selected five things to look out for in the days ahead.
2021 AFC Champions League Round of 16 - Ones to Watch
Kuala Lumpur: As the 2021 AFC Champions League moves into the knockout stage, we take a look at eight players set to leave their mark as their teams pursue a journey deep into the competition.
With a few weeks and a transfer window sitting between the group stage and the round of 16, a number of players have come in to supplement the already star-studded sides vying for a place in the quarter-final stage.
2021 AFC Champions League – Round of 16 (East): Young Stars, Dangermen, Key Battles
Kuala Lumpur: As the 2021 AFC Champions League Round of 16 fast approaches, the-AFC.com takes a closer look at some of the players who could make their sides click as the eight teams in the East section of the draw target a place in the quarter-finals.
With the sides boasting star-studded quality in defence and attack, as well as a number of exciting young prospects, we shine the spotlight on the potential game-changers ahead of the highly anticipated knockout rounds.