Kuala Lumpur: Keen observers of Asian football will have noted the name Johor Darul Ta'zim with increasing regularity in recent years as the team from southern Malaysia have become the dominant force in their homeland and started mixing it with the Continent's biggest clubs in the AFC Champions League.
JDT's rise has been remarkable. They recently won their seventh successive Malaysia Super League title and in the past two Continental campaigns have claimed scalps such as former Asian champions Kashima Antlers and Suwon Samsung Bluewings, the latter at their sparkling new 40,000-capacity Sultan Ibrahim Stadium.
However, it was five years ago today – October 31, 2015 – that they enjoyed what remains arguably the greatest night in their history as the Southern Tigers became the first team from Southeast Asia to taste AFC Cup glory after defeating Tajikistan's FC Istiklol 1-0 in Dushanbe to write their name into the history books.
Bracket Challenge – RO16: Safee Sali (JDT) vs Mohammad Al Wakid (Al Jaish)
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Cup Bracket Challenge Round of 16 moves into its second day and we've got another pair of outstanding goals for you to enjoy.
Up next is Malaysian Safee Sali's stunning overhead kick for Johor Darul Ta'zim which goes up against an outrageous effort from Syrian Mohammad Al Wakid as he scored from inside his own half for Al Jaish.
Bracket Challenge – RO16: Chan Siu Ki (South China AA) v Mohamad Haidar (Safa SC)
Kuala Lumpur: After a hotly contested Round of 32 in the AFC Cup Bracket Challenge, 16 players from 14 clubs across Asia return for the next stage as the-AFC.com asks fans to vote for their favourite goal from the past decade.
East Asia faces West Asia in the first of our Round of 16 match-ups as South China AA's former Hong Kong international Chan Siu Ki goes up against Lebanese star Mohamad Haidar from Safa SC.
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: Midfielders
Kuala Lumpur: As football lovers across Asia look forward to the resumption of the 2020 AFC Champions League (East), the-AFC.com continues its quest to find out who the fans consider the Best XI from the West Asia stage.
Over the past two weeks we have seen the goalkeeper and the back four in front of him decided, so now it's time to turn our attention to the midfield and find out who you consider the top trio.
So, here are the 10 players in contention for three places in the centre of the park. Review the candidates and then select your favourite for this all-star XI in the poll below.
Kuala Lumpur: The fifth issue of the Coaches Circle is now available on the-AFC.com, with an exclusive interview with charismatic Yokohoma F Marinos head coach Ange Postecoglou.
AFC Technical Director Andy Roxburgh also shares his thoughts on the COVID-19 pandemic that has made people reflect on life’s core values and activities. And, as the game slowly recovers from lockdown and travel restrictions, competitions begin to restart, albeit in staccato fashion and sometimes in new formats.
Ulsan: Ahead of the 2020 AFC Champions League (EAST) resumption, the-AFC.com focuses on those who have lit up the competition as they recall their memorable campaigns. We conclude the mini-series by featuring Ulsan Hyundai midfielder and 2012 MVP, Lee Keun-ho.
Rewind the clock back eight years and re-watch the 2012 AFC Champions League title-winning campaign of Ulsan Hyundai and it's a certain blonde bombshell who stands out: Lee Keun-ho’s shocking platinum locks were always designed to attract attention.
It's as if the mercurial midfielder’s trickery and talent weren’t enough, the straw-coloured mop buzzing throughout the Continental competition certainly caught the eye.