Hanoi: Club football will return to Vietnam when the 2022 V.League 1 gets underway on Friday, February 25 in a weekend that will see the teams return to domestic action for the first time since May last year.
With the 2021 competition cancelled due to COVID-19, it’s been a long wait for fans of Vietnamese football, who got to celebrate their country’s first-ever win over China PR in January and can now finally look forward to seeing their favourite club sides back in action.
Ahead of the first round of fixtures, the-AFC.com highlights five things to look out for in the season ahead.
Makino: I will always love Urawa, but my focus now is on Vissel Kobe
Kobe: After 10 trophy-laden years at Urawa Red Diamonds, the familiar figure of Tomoaki Makino will no longer be wearing the famous red shirt of the Saitama side after joining Vissel Kobe ahead of the 2022 J1 League season.
The charismatic Samurai Blue defender joined the-AFC.com for an exclusive interview to discuss his move to Vissel Kobe, the J1 League and AFC Champions League play-off match against Melbourne Victory, as well as Wednesday’s emotional return to Saitama Stadium when his new side face Urawa.
Kaya’s Bedic targeting AFC Champions League group stage
Iloilo: Kaya FC-Iloilo captain Jovin Bedic believes the Filipino side can repeat the feat of last year and secure their place in the group stage of the 2022 AFC Champions League.
The Southeast Asians overcame China PR's Shanghai Port in 2021 to advance to the continental competition for the first time, and they face arguably an even tougher task this time with two qualification rounds to navigate.