Kuala Lumpur: Urawa Red Diamonds were crowned champions of Asia for the third time earlier this month as they defeated Al Hilal SFC 2-1 on aggregate in the final to bring the curtains down on yet another engrossing edition of the AFC Champions League™.
After Japan's Urawa dethroned Saudi Arabian outfit Al Hilal to add to their 2007 and 2017 triumphs and become the second most successful club on the continent alongside Pohang Steelers, the-AFC.com looks back on some of the standout performers from the competition to find out the Best XI from the 2022 edition.
As always, we begin with the goalkeepers who are the last line of defence for their sides and ask you, the fans, to review our five nominees before casting your vote for the top performer at Asia’s premier club competition.
Kuala Lumpur: After Urawa Red Diamonds’ victory over Al Hilal SFC in the 2022 AFC Champions League™ final at the beginning of May brought the 20th edition of the continental competition to its conclusion, the-AFC.com takes a closer look at the numbers and players that caught the eye during the campaign.
There were numerous standout performers in another historic chapter of Asia’s premium club competition as we break down the statistics to review some of the key categories and those who excelled in them.
Doha: As the dust settles on the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ draw and the teams start planning their preparations, excitement is set to peak in the months ahead of the continental showpiece kicking off on January 12, 2024.
The six group winners and runners-up, together with the four best third-placed teams, will advance to the Round of 16.
The action promises to be thrilling and as we await the kick-off, join the-AFC.com as we take a look at what is in store in Groups A, B and C of Qatar 2023.
Doha: With the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ groups finalised and the teams already planning their preparations, the coming months ahead of the continental showpiece kicking off on January 12, 2024 are sure to be filled with excitement.
Having already taken a look at Groups A, B and C, join the-AFC.com as we anticipate what is in store in Groups D, E and F.
The six group winners and runners-up, together with the four best third-placed teams will advance to the Round of 16.
East Asia Wrap: Albirex stun Marinos; Kitchee win treble
Hong Kong: Reigning champions Yokohama F. Marinos suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at the hands of newly promoted Albirex Niigata in Japan on Sunday meaning that leaders Vissel Kobe extended their advantage at the summit to five points with 13 games played of the campaign.
In Hong Kong, Kitchee SC continued to fill their trophy cabinet with more silverware after a 7-1 win over BC Rangers on Saturday saw them win the FA Cup to add to their Premier League and Senior Shield triumphs this season and complete their fifth treble since 2011.
In China PR, Shanghai Port and Shanghai Shenhua have identical records at the top after seven matches of the season, but it is the former who take the pole position by virtue of scoring more goals. There were also matches in Korea Republic, Chinese Taipei and Macau, so join the-AFC.com as we review the week’s action from across East Asia.
West Asia Wrap: Al Arabi clinch Amir Cup; Al Hilal edge Al Wehda to lift King's Cup
Doha: Al Arabi ended a 30-year wait for the Qatar Amir Cup title after stunning Al Sadd SC 3-0 in the final on Friday.
Al Hilal SFC, meanwhile, edged Al Wehda on penalties to lift the Saudi King's Cup.
In Bahrain, Khalidiya are well placed to seal the title while there was also action in Iraq, Kuwait, Syria and the United Arab Emirates so join the-AFC.com as we review the latest round of domestic action across West Asia.