East Asia Wrap: Ulsan champions of Korea Republic; Second-tier Ventforet taste cup glory in Japan
Hong Kong: It was an eventful week in East Asian football as Ulsan Hyundai secured their first K League 1 title since 2005 on Sunday and at the same time ended nine-time winners Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors’ hopes of claiming a sixth consecutive league trophy in Korea Republic.
In Japan, Ventforet Kofu, a club languishing in 18th position of the 22-team second division, were crowned the champions of the Emperor’s Cup after stunning high-flying J1 League side Sanfrecce Hiroshima on penalties to also advance to the 2023-24 AFC Champions League group stage.
There were also plenty of goals to talk about from the domestic leagues in Hong Kong, Mongolia and Chinese Taipei, so join the-AFC.com as we review all of last week’s action from across East Asia.
AFC Cup™ Final Flashback: When JDT were crowned Malaysia’s first Asian champions
Kuala Lumpur: Kuala Lumpur City FC are now just one victory away from winning a historic AFC Cup™ title – their fairytale run made all the more impressive by the fact that the Malaysia Super League club are in their debut campaign in the continental competition.
Bojan Hodak’s side would lift the coveted silverware by beating Oman’s Al Seeb Club in the final on October 22, but the City Boys wouldn’t be the first side from Malaysia to win the AFC Cup. That honour belongs to Johor Darul Ta’zim, who got their hands on the trophy back in 2015 with Hodak also playing a key role in the success.
With the AFC Cup 2022 final just days away, the-AFC.com looks back at the Southern Tigers’ unprecedented feat in Asia from seven years ago.