Kuala Lumpur: Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) won their sixth domestic league title with four rounds of matches to spare, but elsewhere in the ASEAN region the race for the national championships remain in full swing.
With recent international and continental ties concluded, the focus returns to domestic action in the Southeast Asian region.
There was plenty of action as the hunt to be champions heats up, while there were familiar faces lifting the trophy in Malaysia.
Kuala Lumpur: The draw for the 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Semi-Finals and Zonal Finals concluded in the Malaysian capital on Tuesday.
The ASEAN Zonal Final will see Becamex Binh Duong hosting Hanoi FC in the first leg at the Binh Duong Stadium on July 31. The return leg of the all-Vietnam ASEAN Zonal Final will be played on August 7.
The ASEAN Zonal winners will face 2018 runners-up Altyn Asyr in the Inter-Zone Semi-final on August 20, with the return leg on August 27.
Benitez to take charge of Chinese side Dalian Yifang
Dalian: UEFA Champions League-winning manager Rafael Benitez said on Tuesday that he will join Chinese top-tier side Dalian Yifang, just days after his three-year reign at English club Newcastle United came to an end.
"After a long path... We start a new challenge! I'm happy to begin this new project with Dalian Yifang," the Spaniard wrote on his verified Twitter account.
Benitez, who guided Liverpool to the UEFA Champions League crown in 2005 and has managed at European giants like Inter, Chelsea and Real Madrid, parted ways with Newcastle last week.
East Asia Leagues Wrap: C.P.K. lift their first championship
Kuala Lumpur: With international and continental ties concluded, the focus returns to the domestic action in the East. There was plenty of action across the region, highlighted by a new champion crowned.
Although the leagues in Hong Kong, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands have already concluded and are in their off-seasons, there were exciting matches from six other Member Associations.