ASEAN Wrap: Chonburi lead in Thailand; United City defeat Kaya in Philippines
Kuala Lumpur: Chonburi FC are the new leaders in Thailand after their 5-1 win over Muangthong United coupled with Bangkok United dropping points against Ratchaburi FC saw them move into pole position.
United City FC won the battle of the top two in the Philippines, defeating Kaya FC-Iloilo 2-0, while defending Indonesian champions Bali United suffered a shock loss to Persis Solo.
Elsewhere in Southeast Asia, draws dominated the results in Vietnam, Johor Darul Ta’zim were held in Malaysia and there were games in Myanmar, so join the-AFC.com as we review the latest rounds of fixtures from across the region.
East Asia Wrap: Top two draw in China PR; Vissel out of bottom three
Hong Kong: Defending Chinese Super League champions Shandong Taishan and the current leaders Wuhan Three Towns played out a 1-1 draw in the top-of-the-table clash in China PR last Wednesday.
In Japan, Vissel Kobe are out of the relegation zone after coming from behind to defeat Gamba Osaka 2-1 on Sunday with a win that saw their opponents fall to second from bottom.
It was a key weekend in Korea Republic as the top two won in the final round of fixtures before the league splits into two, while Kitchee SC got their campaign off to a flying start in Hong Kong, so join the-AFC.com as we review the action from across East Asia.
Azkals legend Stephan Schröck looks to the future of Filipino football
Manila: From scoring the Philippines’ first-ever AFC Asian Cup™ goal to helping United City become the first Filipino side to win a game in the AFC Champions League, Stephan Schröck is a man used to playing a key role in football history for his nation.
Now 36 years old, the midfielder is looking to make his mark on the future generations of the Azkals when he was appointed both captain and among the coaching staff of the Azkals Development Team (ADT) ahead of the 2022-23 Philippines Football League (PFL) season which kicked off last month.
In an exclusive interview with the-AFC.com, Schröck revealed his motivations behind the move, his views on football development in his country, and the short and long-term futures for the game in the Philippines.