Son Heung-min, Minamino, Taremi and more: Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week!
Kuala Lumpur: Asia’s stars shone as bright as ever, with every corner of Europe, and almost every position on the pitch, producing outstanding individual performances.
Mana Iwabuchi produced a goal for the ages, Son Heung-min and Jeong Woo-yeong flew the flag for Korea Republic, while Takumi Minamino and Mat Ryan both made impressive debuts for new Premier League clubs. Plus, Mehdi Taremi and Sam Kerr continued their exceptional form in front of goal.
But who was the best of them all? There were so many worthy contenders this week that our usual perfect 10 has expanded to become a dream dozen.
Study the shortlist below, based on performances from February 4 to 10, and don’t forget to vote for the player you consider the most deserving.
Qatar’s ‘Diamond in the Desert’ ready to shine during FIFA Club World Cup final
Doha: The past few days have seen the football world focused on the Middle East and the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020. As fans around the globe have tuned into the action, they have been introduced to two FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 venues.
Alongside Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Education City Stadium has been front and centre, while the world’s top clubs have battled it out for the prestigious title.
As anticipation builds for the tournament’s final match day on Thursday, the ‘Diamond in the Desert’ is ready to showcase an exciting conclusion to the week-long event by staging the third-place play-off between Al Ahly SC and SE Palmeiras and the final between FC Bayern München and Tigres UANL.
Kuala Lumpur: Club football is thriving in Asia with domestic derbies always eagerly awaited affairs season after season.
Having taken a look at the domestic rivalries in the United Arab Emirates, the-AFC.com turns its attention to Saudi Arabia in the latest installment.
Saudi Arabia is rich in football history, and the league contains two of Asia’s most successful teams in the AFC Champions League, while competitiveness among the participating clubs have resulted in several derbies coming along since the inception of the league in 1976.
Komilov, Gadoev bolster AGMK’s AFC Champions League push, Shukurov joins Neman
Almalyk: AGMK’s bid to qualify for the 2021 AFC Champions League has been boosted by the arrival of Uzbekistan internationals Akramjon Komilov and Shohrukh Gadoev.
The duo link up with the Uzbekistan Cup runners-up ahead of their AFC Champions League play-off against Qatar’s Al Gharafa, with the winners to join Al Hilal SFC, Shabab Al Ahli and FC Istiklol in Group A.
Korea Republic's Lee Seung-woo moves to Portimonense
Kuala Lumpur: Korea Republic international Lee Seung-woo has joined Portuguese side Portimonense on loan until the end of the season from Belgian club Sint Truiden.
The 23-year-old joins a Portimonense squad with a strong Asian flavour, containing Japanese trio Keisuke Honda, Koki Anzai and Kosuke Nakamura as well as Jafar Salmani from the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Lee, who was a member of the Korea Republic squad that appeared at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals and was also a gold medal winner at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, played 13 times this season for Sint Truiden, scoring twice.