Kuala Lumpur: The-AFC.com continues its mission to find out who you, the fans of Asian football, think should be picked in the Best XI for the AFC Champions League™ 2022, which concluded earlier this month with Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds crowned champions for the third time in history.
The goalkeeper and the four defenders in the Best XI have already been decided, so now it’s time to turn the focus to the midfielders who orchestrated the game for their sides in a memorable tournament.
We’ve selected 10 of the standout performers from the 2022 edition of Asia's premier club competition and now it is your turn to review the candidates and vote for your favourites in the poll at the end of the article.
Uzbekistan impress against New Zealand to keep hopes alive
Santiago del Estero: Uzbekistan came from behind to hold New Zealand 2-2 to keep their hopes of advancing to the FIFA U20 World Cup Argentina 2023 knockout stage alive on Tuesday.
Down 2-0 by the 40th minute, Uzbekistan narrowed the deficit through Abbosbek Fayzullaev with Sherzod Esanov salvaging a point for the reigning AFC U20 Asian Cup™ holders in the third minute of added time.
Uzbekistan play Guatemala in their final Group A tie on Friday with their fate very much in their own hands.
Park Ji-sung excited to shape Asian football development
Kuala Lumpur: Ever since hanging up his boots in 2014, Asian legend Park Ji-sung has dedicated his time to improving the standards of Asian football.
A centurion with Korea Republic, Park was the first Asian player to score at three successive FIFA World Cups and his trophy-laden spell at Manchester United made him one of the most successful Asian players of all time.
Europe Wrap: Taremi hits four for Porto; Carpenter wins the league
Kuala Lumpur: Mehdi Taremi struck four times in FC Porto’s 4-2 win over Famalicao on Sunday which took their title race with leaders Benfica to the final day and also enabled the Islamic Republic of Iran striker to move into pole position in the race for the Golden Boot in Portugal.
Australia’s Ellie Carpenter completed a double as Lyon won another league title by overcoming Paris Saint-Germain who they also beat to win the French Women’s Cup earlier this month, while Junya Ito’s sixth goal of the campaign for Reims broke the record for the most goals scored by a Japanese player in a Ligue 1 season.
Stuttgart captain Wataru Endo scored and assisted as his side posted a crucial comeback win over Mainz in their relegation battle in Germany and Korea Republic forward Hwang Hee-chan netted in England, so join the-AFC.com as we find out how the Asian stars performed in Europe over the past week.
Hong Kong: China PR head coach Aleksandar Jankovic will be in no hurry to rejuvenate his squad in the build-up to the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™ Finals next January as he looks to lead the country back to the upper reaches of the Asian game.
The Chinese have been drawn to face hosts Qatar as well as Tajikistan and Lebanon in Group A at the Finals with several players who represented the country at the last AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in 2019 still integral to the national team squad.
But while key players such as goalkeeper Yan Junling, defender Zhang Linpeng, captain Wu Xi and striker Wu Lei are now reaching the veteran stage of their careers, Jankovic is convinced his squad retains the ability to compete with the continent’s best.