Male: The 2021 AFC Cup returns after nearly two month's absence following the conclusion of the East Zone, with ATK Mohun Bagan, Bashundhara Kings, Maziya Sports & Recreation and Bengaluru FC set to battle for a place in the knockout stage when Group D begins on Wednesday.
The Maldivian capital Male will stage the group, which sees teams from the hosts, India and Bangladesh face off, with the South Zone winners progressing to the Inter-Zone semi-final and meeting with either FC Nasaf of Uzbekistan or FC Ahal of Turkmenistan from the Central Zone.
As kick-off approaches, join the-AFC.com as we run the rule over the participating sides.
Bengaluru relishing AFC Cup showdown with ATK Mohun Bagan
Male: Head coach Marco Pezzaiuoli is confident JSW Bengaluru FC will be ready to take on Indian Super League rivals ATK Mohun Bagan in Group D of the 2021 AFC Cup at the National Football Stadium in Male on Wednesday.
Pezzaiuoli’s Bengaluru defeated Maldives' Club Eagles 1-0 in the South Zone playoff on Sunday to book their place in Group D alongside ATK Mohun Bagan, Bashundhara Kings of Bangladesh and Maldives’ Maziya Sports & Recreation.
Bashundhara Kings' Bruzon braced for tough AFC Cup campaign
Dhaka: Bashundhara Kings head coach Oscar Bruzon is expecting the South Zone of the 2021 AFC Cup to be a tight affair with the Bangladesh champions to kick off their campaign against Maziya Sports & Recreation of Maldives on Wednesday.
Bashundhara Kings easily retained the Bangladesh Premier League title last week but Bruzon, while determined to see his side thrive in the AFC Cup, is not expecting any easy matches in Male.
Son Heung-min, Kyogo Furuhashi and more – Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week
Kuala Lumpur: A new European football season is up and running, and some of Asia’s big names are already at the forefront after a series of outstanding performances.
Stars from Japan, Korea Republic, Islamic Republic of Iran and Australia are all featured in the first edition of the new season of our weekly look at Asia’s best performers outside the continent, with our 10 nominees combining for nine goals between them.
Study our list of contenders – based on matches from August 11 to 17 – and don’t forget to cast your vote.
Japan, Oman and UAE lead Asian charge at FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021
Moscow: Beach Soccer is back, with the world’s top teams touching down in Russia for this month’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.
Among the 16 contenders are Japan, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, the Asian teams fighting to end the best part of two decades of European and South American domination of the beach’s biggest prize.
So, as Moscow swaps Red Square for white sand, join the-AFC.com as we tell you all you need to know about the continent’s three contenders, their tournament pedigree and how they’ve prepared for the Beach Soccer’s post-pandemic party.
Vote for your best 2021 AFC Champions League Group Stage Team: Defenders
Kuala Lumpur: The return of the 2021 AFC Champions League is just a month away, but before this season's Continental campaign resumes, the-AFC.com continues its quest to find out who the fans consider the Best XI from this year's Group Stage.
Last week we presented the candidates for the 2021 Group Stage's best goalkeeper, and now we shine the spotlight on the players who will make up the backline.
So, here are the 12 players in contention for the four places in defence. Review the nominees and then choose your favourite defenders for this all-star XI in the respective polls.