Dubai: The end of January concluded one of the most exciting winter transfer windows in recent times across the world, and Asian football was no exception.
Whether it was replacing injured players, plugging defensive gaps, or boosting their squads ahead of a title charge or a relegation battle, clubs in West Asia were busy throughout the month. The-AFC.com looks at some of the key moves across the region this winter.
One Month to #ACL2022 (West) Round of 16 - How Are They Shaping Up
Dubai: The long wait is nearly over with exactly one month left until the start of the AFC Champions League™ 2022 Round of 16 (West) where eight teams will battle out for the right to play Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds in the final.
Despite playing in the second tier domestically, Al Faisaly join fellow Saudi clubs Al Hilal SFC and Al Shabab as well as Qatari duo Al Duhail and Al Rayyan, UAE’s Shabab Al Ahli, Islamic Republic of Iran’s Foolad Khouzestan and 2021 AFC Cup™ runners-up FC Nasaf of Uzbekistan.
Join the-AFC.com as we take a look at how the teams are shaping up for the Round of 16 scheduled for February 19-20 in Doha, Qatar.
Basra: Eight west Asian nations get their 2023 underway by competing at the 25th Gulf Cup, taking place in Iraq for the first time since 1979, with the hosts facing Oman in the opening match on Friday.
The pair are joined by Saudi Arabia and Yemen in Group A, while Group B sees reigning Gulf Cup champions Bahrain compete alongside Asian champions Qatar, record Gulf Cup winners Kuwait and the UAE, with the top two sides from each group advancing to the semi-finals.
Kuala Lumpur: A new year means a lot of exciting football to look forward to for Asian football aficionados, and with it comes the promise of new names to emerge as the next generation of stars capturing the imagination of fans across the continent.
As we welcome 2023, the-AFC.com profiles 11 Asian players who are set for a big year as they look to stamp their mark on the game and continue their progress into key players for their respective clubs and national teams.
West Asia Wrap: Muharraq stay in front; winning start for Shabab Al Ahli
Doha: Muharraq Club continue to set the pace in the Bahraini Premier League while the jostle for top spot continues in the Iraqi Premier League.
The past week also saw the resumption of several domestic leagues, including the Kuwait Premier League, Saudi Pro League and the UAE Pro League. The Qatar Stars League and the UAE Pro League will restart this week following the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Join the-AFC.com as we dive into the past week’s action across West Asia.