Kuala Lumpur: Ever since it burst into life just over six decades ago, the AFC Asian Cup has been a constant source of joy for football fans throughout our Continent.
From Korea Republic’s triumph in 1956 to Qatar’s success last year, the competition has come to represent Asian football at its finest, the embodiment of all that is good about the game we love so dearly. Of course, much has changed since the AFC Asian Cup’s inaugural event.
Both on and off the pitch, the continental gathering has moved with the times and morphed from its somewhat humble beginnings into a showpiece tournament which is now admired around the world.
Kuala Lumpur: With the 2020 K League season kicking off on May 8, it's appropriate that our series on AFC Champions League icons turns to Korea Republic and five players who have lit up Asia's premier club competition over the years.
No country has enjoyed more success in the AFC Champions League than Korea Republic, with four sides – Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (twice), Pohang Steelers, Seongnam FC and Ulsan Hyundai – having tasted Continental glory, meaning there was no shortage of candidates to make this week's quintet.
Kuala Lumpur: The-AFC.com's '5 of the Best' series has highlighted some of the finest goals the AFC Champions League has seen over the years, with our latest selection focusing on inventive, improvised efforts that are sure to delight.
Kuala Lumpur: Having looked at the World Cup winning Japan Women's team last week, the latest edition of this series remembers Islamic Republic of Iran's dominant national team from the 1970s.
The 1970’s were eventful in terms of football for Iran, as it saw them lift the AFC Asian Cup title twice - including their last title in the competition - as well as their first ever FIFA World Cup appearance.
Iran have remained at the forefront of Asian football since and are the second highest ranked Asian team in the latest FIFA Ranking.