Kuala Lumpur: With the group stage of the AFC Cup™ 2022 completed, the-AFC.com takes a closer look at the numbers that caught the eye following the conclusion of the first phase of the tournament.
From high-scoring forwards to those that create the goals and win the ball back, we shine the spotlight on the players whose statistics stood out as the continental competition heads into the knockout stage.
AFC Cup™ 2022: What They Said – ASEAN, Central and East
Kuala Lumpur: The 12 teams that will compete in the AFC Cup™ 2022 knockout rounds have been confirmed after Thursday’s fixtures brought the group stage in the ASEAN, Central and East Zones to its conclusion.
A week of intense action threw up dream debuts, great goals and memorable moments as a number of teams wrote new chapters into their histories. The-AFC.com looks back at what those involved had to say.
Kuala Lumpur: Thursday’s AFC Cup™ 2022 action across the continent brought the curtain down on the group stage as seven teams from the ASEAN, Central and East Zones joined five from the West and South Zones in the knockout rounds.
A record 38 clubs from 22 nations took part in the first round of an AFC Cup that was bigger than ever before, while the 10 groups were hosted in 10 different countries.
As the competition takes a break before returning for the knockout rounds in August, the-AFC.com highlights some of the other standout numbers.
Kuala Lumpur: Among the big transfer news in recent weeks has been Japan forward Takumi Minamino’s move from Liverpool to French Ligue 1 side AS Monaco after spending three seasons and picking up a number of trophies with the Reds.
Soon after, one of the biggest names in ASEAN, Vietnam’s Nguyen Quang Hai, followed suit and joined Ligue 2 side Pau in a move that will generate huge intrigue among fans across the continent.
With big campaigns ahead at their respective new clubs, the-AFC.com looks at some of the Asian stars to have played their club football in France in recent years.
Five Asian players who impressed in Europe in 2021-22
Kuala Lumpur: It was a season of exciting beginnings, growth, trophies and personal accolades for Asia's elite women footballers players in European football in 2021-22 as the continent’s finest continued to make their mark abroad.
Join the-AFC.com as we profile five players who had impressive 2021-22 campaigns in Europe.
Six Asian players who impressed in Europe in 2021-22
Dubai: It was a season of exciting beginnings, growth, trophies and personal accolades for Asian players in European football in 2021-22 as the continent’s finest continued to make their mark abroad.
With the season ending and preparations for a new campaign getting underway, the-AFC.com profiles six players who had a positive 2021-22 campaign in Europe. While there were many names to choose from and the likes of Takehiro Tomiyasu, Wataru Endo, Sardor Azmoun and Lee Kang-in all making an impact, here are the six players who made the final cut for this feature.