Semi-final Preview: East Coast rivals Ulsan and Pohang to meet for a place in the final
Jeonju: Local rivalry will play out on the continental stage on Wednesday as defending champions Ulsan Hyundai FC take on the 2009 winners Pohang Steelers in the 2021 AFC Champions League semi-finals at Jeonju World Cup Stadium.
The match marks the first time the sides have faced off in the competition but, while Ulsan have enjoyed greater success than their East Coast Derby rivals in recent years, Pohang have played a considerable role in denying them further joy.
2021 AFC Cup - West Zonal Final Preview: Muharraq, Kuwait SC seek return to glory days
Arad: All eyes iturn to Muharraq Stadium on Wednesday night as three-time champions Kuwait SC face home side Muharraq Club in the 2021 AFC Cup West Zonal Final, with the winners booking a place in the competition’s showpiece final next month.
Both sides will be looking to revive past glories, with Muharraq having won the AFC Cup in 2006 and finishingrunners-up in 2008. Meanwhile, Kuwait SC enjoyed the best spell in the club’s history between 2009 and 2013, winning three AFC Cup titles in that period and losing a final.
Despite their illustrious history in the competition, the two clubs have never played each other on the continental front, their only meeting coming two decades ago in the regional GCC Club Championship, with Muharraq winning 2-0.
2021 AFC Cup - Inter-Zone Final Preview: Chan urges Lee Man to give everything against favourites Nasaf
Karshi: They may be the new kids on the AFC Cup block, but Lee Man FC boss Chan Hiu Ming has vowed his side will fight for the full 90 minutes in Wednesday’s Inter-Zone Final against FC Nasaf.
Founded only four years ago, Lee Man are just 90 minutes away from becoming the first club from Hong Kong to reach an AFC Cup Final, but they’ll have to overcome red-hot Uzbek opposition who will be cheered on by a home crowd in Karshi.
Nasaf v Lee Man – Six players who could make the difference in AFC Cup Inter-Zone Final
Karshi: Just 90 minutes stand between FC Nasaf, Lee Man FC and a shot at Asian football immortality, giving both sets of players a rare opportunity to shine on the continent’s biggest stages.
Uzbekistan Super League runners-up Nasaf will welcome Hong Kong’s Lee Man with a place in next month’s final awaiting the winners, and both sides are equipped with potential match-winners who can turn a game at their whim.
Ahead of one of the biggest club fixtures on the calendar, we’ve picked out six players – three from each team – who possess the ability to make a major impact on Wednesday’s Inter-Zone final.
Lee Man ready to create AFC Cup miracle, says Ngan Lok Fung
Karshi: Lee Man captain Ngan Lok Fung believes the Hong Kong Premier League side have nothing to lose and all to gain when they take on Uzbekistan's FC Nasaf in Wednesday's AFC Cup Inter-Zone Final.
Their hosts at Karshi's Markaziy Stadion are a daunting prospect with the 2011 winners having roared into the penultimate tie of the 2021 edition via a comprehensive 6-0 win in the Inter-Zone semi-final against India's ATK Mohun Bagan.
But for Lee Man's swashbuckling skipper, who was named in the 2020-2021 Hong Kong Premier League's Best XI after leading his side to an impressive third-place finish last season, the chance for an historic upset is one to savour.
2021 AFC Cup West Zonal Final - The Contenders' History
Arad: Wednesday night sees two of the most successful sides in AFC Cup history go head-to-head as Muharraq Club of Bahrain host Kuwait SC in the West Zonal Final with a place in the 2021 AFC Cup Final at stake.
Both sides were at their best in the first decade following the inception of the AFC Cup in 2004 and have since come across difficult times, with the 2021 edition offering both an opportunity to regain past glories. the-AFC.com looks at the highlights of Kuwait SC and Muharraq Club’s AFC Cup history.
Arad: Five months on since both sides started their journey in the 2021 AFC Cup, only one of Muharraq Club and Kuwait SC will make it to the final as they lock horns in the West Zonal Final on Wednesday.
It has already been quite a journey for both sides as they march towards a return to continental glory. the-AFC.com looks at how the two teams made it this far in the 2021 AFC Cup.