Al Foutoua end 32-year wait for Syrian Premier League crown
Damascus: Al Foutoua clinched the Syrian Premier League title with a match to spare following their 4-1 win over Al Majd on Tuesday.
Forward Alaa Al Dali scored twice to lead the Deir ez-Zor-based side to their third league title with their last win dating back 32 years ago when they clinched consecutive crowns in the 1990-91 seasons.
Kuala Lumpur: Japanese defender Saki Kumagai scored a hat-trick in her farewell match for Bayern Munich as an 11-1 win over Turbine Potsdam secured the women’s league title in Germany for the Bavarians while her compatriot Takuma Asano scored and assisted to help VfL Bochum beat Bayer Leverkusen and escape relegation in the Bundesliga.
Sam Kerr bagged a brace as Chelsea defeated Reading 3-0 on Saturday to win their fourth consecutive Women’s Super League title in England while Islamic Republic of Iran captain Ehsan Hajsafi helped AEK Athens dispatch PAOK in the Greek Cup final and complete a domestic double.
Team Melli star Mehdi Taremi won the Golden Boot in Portugal, Celtic's Chinese duo Shen Mengyu and Shen Menglu lifted the Scottish Women’s Cup and Socceroos winger Awer Mabil won the league in the Czech Republic with Sparta Prague, so join the-AFC.com as we look back on yet another successful week for the Asian stars in Europe.
ASEAN Wrap: Kaya crowned champions; Buriram complete treble
Kuala Lumpur: After settling for runners-up medals in the last three seasons, Kaya FC-Iloilo finally emerged as the champions of the Philippines this week after their closest challengers Cebu FC dropped points against Stallion Laguna which secured the Iloilo City-based outfit their first-ever league title.
DR Congo international striker Jonathan Bolingi has now scored in back-to-back FA Cup finals for Buriram United as his double against Bangkok United in Sunday’s title decider ensured successive trebles for the Thunder Castle, who became the first team to achieve that feat in Thailand.
Johor Darul Ta’zim and Kuala Lumpur City are among the sides who progressed to the semi-finals of the FA Cup in Malaysia while there were also matches in Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Brunei Darussalam, so join the-AFC.com as we review the week’s action from across ASEAN.
East Asia Wrap: Vissel hold on for win; Chengdu rise up
Hong Kong: Yoshinori Muto netted twice as leaders Vissel Kobe defeated FC Tokyo 3-2 on Saturday to extend their unbeaten run to six league games in Japan, but defending champions Yokohama F. Marinos are hot on their heels as Kevin Muscat’s side triumphed over Avispa Fukuoka to remain three points behind.
Unbeaten Chengdu Rongcheng handed Shanghai Shenhua their first defeat of the season in China PR during the midweek, displacing their opponents from second place, but leaders Shanghai Port continue to be in the driver’s seat as they too remain unbeaten in the league and have a game in hand.
In Korea Republic, defending champions Ulsan Hyundai dropped points for only the third time this season as they were held in a six-goal thriller by Daejeon Hana Citizen while matches also took place in Chinese Taipei, so join the-AFC.com as we review the week’s action from across East Asia.