Kuala Lumpur: The curtain came down on the AFC Cup™ 2022 on Saturday with Al Seeb Club defeating Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur City FC 3-0 to create history by becoming the tournament’s first-ever Omani winners.
The final at National Stadium Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur brought an end to a campaign that had seen a record 37 teams compete in the group stage with sides from ASEAN returning to join those in the Central, East, South and West Zones having missed the 2021 edition.
As fans of Asian football start to look forward to the 2023-24 AFC Cup, the-AFC.com looks back on some of the stats and facts that caught the eye in the tournament that was.
Central & South Asia Wrap: Abdish Ata-Kant close in on title, Hyderabad take pole in ISL
Mumbai: Persepolis continue to set the pace in the Iran Pro League after winning their sixth match of the season, while Abdish Ata-Kant are closing in on their first Kyrgyz Premier League title, with the Tajik League also entering its Championship Round.
In the South region, Hyderabad FC are ahead in the Indian Super League, while the Bhutan National League continues to take shape.
Join the-AFC.com as we dive into the past week’s domestic action across Central and South Asia.
ASEAN Wrap: Melbourne City stay perfect; Hanoi FC stumble
Kuala Lumpur: Jamie Maclaren scored for the third game running in Australia as Melbourne City maintained their perfect start to the new A-League season with a 2-0 victory against Melbourne Victory in the Melbourne derby on Saturday.
Hanoi FC’s lead at the top in Vietnam has been cut to two points after a 3-2 defeat to title rivals Hai Phong while Bangkok United have moved into second spot in Thailand following a hard-fought 2-0 win over BG Pathum United in Thai League 1 on Sunday.
Matches also took place in Singapore, the Philippines, Cambodia and Myanmar, so join the-AFC.com as we look back at all the action from across Southeast Asia.
East Asia Wrap: Redemption for Sanfrecce; Bluewings face relegation battle
Hong Kong: Cypriot attacker Pieros Sotiriou came off the bench to score twice in stoppage time as Sanfrecce Hiroshima defeated Cerezo Osaka 2-1 to lift their maiden J.League Cup in Japan – a feat that erased some of the pain of last week's Emperor’s Cup final defeat to Ventforet Kofu.
In Korea Republic, four-time domestic champions Suwon Samsung Bluewings are at real risk of dropping down a division after they, along with Gimcheon Sangmu, were confined to the relegation playoffs following the final round of fixtures in K League 1.
Elsewhere, there were games in Hong Kong, Mongolia and Chinese Taipei, so join the-AFC.com as we review the action from around East Asia.
Tashkent: The AFC U20 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2023™ official draw ceremony is poised to reveal thrilling encounters as Asia’s top 16 teams have their names drawn from four pots at 12pm (local time) in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on Wednesday.
Following a four-year absence due to the pandemic and after a captivating qualifying campaign, the Continent’s emerging stars will learn their fate at the showpiece which returns from March 1 to 18, 2023.
Match Schedule, kick-off times confirmed for Australia & New Zealand 2023
Zurich: The much-anticipated match schedule, for the 32-team, ninth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand is now complete.
Following Saturday’s stunning Draw show in Auckland, kick-off times have now been added to the previously announced Match Schedule with the tournament opener seeing co-hosts New Zealand welcome Norway to Eden Park on Thursday 20 July in a 7pm (NZST) kick-off.