Six Asian players who impressed in Europe in 2021-22
Dubai: It was a season of exciting beginnings, growth, trophies and personal accolades for Asian players in European football in 2021-22 as the continent’s finest continued to make their mark abroad.
With the season ending and preparations for a new campaign getting underway, the-AFC.com profiles six players who had a positive 2021-22 campaign in Europe. While there were many names to choose from and the likes of Takehiro Tomiyasu, Wataru Endo, Sardor Azmoun and Lee Kang-in all making an impact, here are the six players who made the final cut for this feature.
East Asia Wrap: Khaan Khuns-Erchim crowned Mongolian champions; Pohang claim derby joy
Hong Kong: Khaan Khuns-Erchim won the Mongolian Premier League after a dramatic final week of the season that saw them edge title rivals FC Ulaanbaatar as they were crowned champions for the first time since 2018.
There was a setback for league leaders Ulsan Hyundai in Korea Republic as they were beaten 2-0 by East Coast Derby rivals Pohang Steelers, while J1 League table-toppers Yokohama F. Marinos won their fifth successive game to stay three points clear.
Elsewhere, Wuhan Three Towns’ fine early-season form continued in China PR, so join the-AFC.com as we review the latest action from around East Asia.
Kuala Lumpur: Thursday’s AFC Cup™ 2022 action across the continent brought the curtain down on the group stage as seven teams from the ASEAN, Central and East Zones joined five from the West and South Zones in the knockout rounds.
A record 38 clubs from 22 nations took part in the first round of an AFC Cup that was bigger than ever before, while the 10 groups were hosted in 10 different countries.
As the competition takes a break before returning for the knockout rounds in August, the-AFC.com highlights some of the other standout numbers.