Kuala Lumpur: There is less than a week until two of Vietnam’s most successful sides – Becamex Binh Duong and Hanoi FC – face off in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal final and anticipation is building across the Southeast Asian country.
Between them, the teams have won eight of the past 12 V.League titles (four each) and over the years there have been numerous classic encounters that have featured goals galore.
To whet the appetite ahead of the first leg in Thu Dau Mot City on Wednesday, the-AFC.com has picked out three matches which will live long in the memory.
Kuala Lumpur: There are just a few days to go to the ASEAN Zonal Final with Becamex Binh Duong and Hanoi FC set to lock horns in an all-Vietnam clash.
The two-legged final will kick off on July 31 at Binh Duong Stadium with the return meeting at Hanoi's Hang Day Stadium the following week. The victors will progress to the Inter-Zone semi-finals and a meeting with the Central Zone champions, Altyn Asyr of Turkmenistan.
We look at six players – three from each of the finalists – who could prove to be the difference-makers.
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Cup was reshaped into five zones in 2017 and regional rivalry became an even bigger feature as the competition moved into an exciting new era.
In just over a week’s time, the 2019 edition will return to action with Vietnamese teams Hanoi FC and Becamex Binh going head-to-head in the ASEAN Zonal final, with both a place in the Inter-Zone semi-finals and bragging rights on the line.
To whet the appetite ahead of the encounter, the-AFC.com looks back on five standout moments from the AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal knockout rounds over the past three years.
ASEAN Leagues Wrap: Bali keep pressure on leaders; league comes to a close in Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur: Bali United have moved within a point of the Liga 1 summit in Indonesia, while Johor Darul Ta'zim narrowly missed out on an unbeaten season.
Elsewhere, the league in Thailand is looking extremely congested at the top and the two-way battle at the V.League summit continues to thrill. Here’s the-AFC.com’s round-up of that and much more from the ASEAN region.
Kitchee give former Yugoslavia great Sliskovic top job
Hong Kong: Kitchee SC have appointed former Yugoslavia Footballer of the Year Blaz Sliskovic as head coach as the Hong Kong Premier League look to revive their fortunes after a disappointing 2018-19 season.
Kitchee, three-time Hong Kong Premier League champions, finished fourth last season and are determined to regain their position at the top.
Sliskovic, who arrived in Hong Kong on Wednesday, was unveiled as the new head coach on Thursday.