Shomurodov, Bala Devi and four Japanese stars: Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week!
Kuala Lumpur: Super subs, long-range wondergoals and relegation-defying late winners were all on the menu as Asia’s overseas stars enjoyed another bumper week outside of the continent.
Eldor Shomurodov and Maya Yoshida starred in Italy, while Takefusa Kubo made a major impact in Spain and women’s stars from Asia’s two most popular countries made memorable contributions on opposite sides of the globe.
But who deserves this week’s crown? Study our shortlist – based on performances from May 12 to 18 – and cast your vote.
2021 AFC Cup: Who was the star player of the Central Zone?
Bishkek: It was the week where Central Asian football returned to the spotlight, with nine 2021 AFC Cup matches in two cities capturing the imagination of the region.
Ahal FC and FC Nasaf achieved perfect winning records to advance to the Zonal finals, but players from across Central Asia emerged as outstanding contributors in Groups E and F, and we’ve selected six of the best.
With players from Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan on the list, study our standout players and vote for your favourite.
Al Faisaly must be sharper, says Al Saed after AFC Cup victory over Al Ama'ari Center
Amman: Al Faisaly may have started their 2021 AFC Cup Group C campaign with a win against Al Ama'ari Center but head coach Hussam Al Saed want his players to be more clinical in front of goal.
A first half own goal from Al Ama’ari Center defender Tawfiq Abduhammad was followed by Ahmed Ersan's second half strike as the Jordanian side took the points at the Amman International Stadium on Friday.
Al Ansar were made to work by Balata Center for opening AFC Cup victory, admits Jaspert
Amman: The scoreline may have looked comfortable but head coach Robert Jaspert admitted Al Ansar FC had to fight hard to secure the 2-0 win against Palestine's Balata Center in their opening 2021 AFC Cup Group B match on Friday.
Mahmoud Kojok and Hassan Maatouk scored second half goals to steer the Lebanese league champions to a perfect start to their AFC Cup challenge, giving them an early lead in the standings after Bahrain's Muharraq Club defeated Al Salt of Jordan 1-0 in the other Group B tie.
Juarez: Kuwait SC were the better team in AFC Cup draw with Tishreen
Amman: Kuwait SC head coach Carlos Juarez said his side were the better team in their 3-3 draw with Syria’s Tishreen in Group C of the 2021 AFC Cup on Friday.
Three-time AFC Cup winners Kuwait SC were close to victory thanks to Faisal Al Harbi's second half strikes but substitute Mohammad Malta salvaged a point for Tishreen with his goal in the eighth minute of added time at the Amman International Stadium .