Goa: With the start of the 2020-21 Indian Super League (ISL) in Goa now just a few weeks away, the-AFC.com continues its series of looking at Asia's biggest football clubs as we turn our attention to the Continent's second most populous country: India.
Football in the South Asian nation has been part of the sporting calendar for well over a century, with the country being home to several of Asia's most historic clubs. In recent years, the emergence of the ISL has led to a number of sides from all across India springing into existence as football has moved into an exciting new era.
Taking into account history, fanbase and recent success, the-AFC.com has selected five teams as India's most popular clubs and asks you, the fans, to vote for your favouritie.
Vote for your best AFC Champions League 2020 (West) Team: Defenders
Kuala Lumpur: The return of the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) is now just weeks 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 the West Asia stage.
Last week we presented the candidates for the 2020 edition's best goalkeeper, and now we shine the spotlight on the players who will make up the backline.
So, here are the 14 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.
Australia’s Duke determined to play a part in bringing glory to Al Taawoun
Buraidah: Saudi Arabia’s Al Taawoun FC welcomed Mitchell Duke last August, and the Australian striker has already played a role in making club history with his performance in the 2020 AFC Champions League.
Al Taawoun resumed their ACL campaign on the back of consecutive defeats, but were able to squeeze into the Round of 16 for the first time, courtesy of Duke’s header in their final Group C tie against Al Duhail, eliminating the Qatari champions on a better head-to-head record.