Mehdi Taremi, Sam Kerr, Eldor Shomurodov and more: Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week!
Kuala Lumpur: Our weekly ode to Asia’s outstanding performers outside the continent returns for the first time in 2021, with a string of terrific performances raising heat in the midst of the European winter.
Mehdi Taremi, Eldor Shomurodov and Lee Kang-in were all on the scoresheet, while Sam Kerr and Ji So-yun continued their exceptional impact at English giants Chelsea, but who deserves the title of the first AFC International Player of the Week of 2021?
Study our shortlist – based on performances from January 6 to 13 – and don’t forget to cast your vote.
Persepolis' Mehdi Abdi Qara wins Best Goal of 2020 AFC Champions League
Kuala Lumpur: Mehdi Abdi Qara's semi-final goal for Persepolis FC against Al Nassr has been voted by the fans as the Best Goal of the 2020 AFC Champions League.
Abdi Qara's 42nd minute header drew the Islamic Republic of Iran champions level against Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr, with the Tehran-based side going on to win the penalty shootout 5-3 to make their second AFC Champions League final in three years.
Abdi Qara garnered 31.61 percent of the votes with the second of his goals - against eventual champions Ulsan Hyundai FC in the final - finishing third in the poll with 17.26 percent. Al Nassr's Abdulrahman Al Obaid finished second, with his Matchday One goal against Qatar's Al Sadd receiving 22.48 percent of the votes.
Check out the six goals that made the final once again and the results below. Thank you for voting.
Vote for your best 2020 AFC Champions League Team: Defenders
Kuala Lumpur: With the dust settling on Ulsan Hyundai FC lifting the title for the second time, we continue our search for the 2020 AFC Champions League Best XI with our focus on the defensive stalwarts.
Last week we presented the candidates for the 2020 edition's best goalkeeper, and now we shine the spotlight on the players who will make up the backline.
So, here are the 14 players in contention for the four places in defence. Review the nominees and then choose your favourite defenders for this all-star XI in the respective polls.