Taremi, Son, Azmoun and more: Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week!
Kuala Lumpur: Big-game bicycle kicks, goals from half-way and goalkeeping heroics were just some of outstanding moments produced by Asian players outside the continent over the past week, but who shone brightest of them all?
Mehdi Taremi lit up the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals with a goal of the season contender, while Uzbekistan’s Igor Sergeev produced a screamer of his own in a week where big names like Son, Azmoun and Kamada all starred in their respective leagues.
So, who will take this week’s crown? Take a close look at our nominees – based on performances from April 8 to 14 – and, as ever, don’t forget to register your vote.
Preview: Al Duhail, Al Shorta seek early lift in AFC Champions League campaign
Jeddah: Al Duhail SC and Al Shorta will both be aiming for three points when they face off in their opening 2021 AFC Champions League Group C match at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah on Thursday.
With only the group winners assured of advancing into the Round of 16, both will have little margin for error in a pool that also includes Islamic Republic of Iran's Esteghlal FC and Saudi Arabia's Al Ahli Saudi FC.
Preview: Debutants Istiklol itching for dream AFC Champions League start against Shabab Al Ahli
Riyadh: FC Istiklol of Tajikistan will target opening their 2021 AFC Champions League Group A campaign with a win against Shabab Al Ahli Dubai of UAE on Thursday.
Coming into the tournament as champions of the Tajik League, debutants Istiklol will be eager for their first taste of AFC Champions League group stage football but in Shabab Al Ahli, they will face a team appearing in the continental showpiece for the eighth time, setting the stage for an enticing tie at the King Fahd International Stadium.
Preview: Rookies AGMK determined to test Al Hilal in AFC Champions League opener
Riyadh: Al Hilal SFC's eyes will be on the AFC Champions League trophy when they kick off their 2021 campaign against AGMK FC Thursday.
A COVID-19 outbreak in the squad forced Al Hilal to withdraw from last year's competition, which meant the Saudi Pro League champions could not defend the AFC Champions League title won in 2019.
The 2019 crown was added to the earlier Asian Club Championship titles Al Hilal had in their trophy cabinet and for Uzbekistan's AGMK, the tie at the Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Stadium promises to be tough test in their competition debut.
2021 AFC Champions League (West): Six Forwards in Form
Kuala Lumpur: With the 2021 AFC Champions League kick off just around the corner, the-AFC.com takes a look at the strikers who are poised to make a difference in the western side of the continent.
With no shortage of attacking talent on display, we shine the spotlight on six frontmen who are on fire in their clubs’ domestic campaigns and could be set to bring those hot streaks onto the Asian stage in this year's continental club competition.
2021 AFC Champions League (West): Six Starlets to watch
Kuala Lumpur: With the newly expanded AFC Champions League 2021 group stage just around the corner, the-AFC.com picked six up and coming youngsters who could be set to break through in this year’s edition of the competition.
Some of these starlets are established players for their club sides and some have even appeared in previous AFC Champions League seasons, while several are just breaking into the starting XI, but those U23 players are all eyeing a milestone campaign over the next three weeks.