ASEAN & East Asia Wrap: Recoveries, resumptions and remembrance
Kuala Lumpur: There has been plenty of positive news in recent days, with a star player's recovery from illness in Japan and confirmation that football is set to return in Korea Republic in the near future among the headlines.
Elsewhere, Ramadan got underway, Australia marked ANZAC Day and domestic action continued in Chinese Taipei, so join the-AFC.com as we round up the action on and off the pitch.
Kuala Lumpur: A legend of Asian club football, Dejan Damjanovic's is the second-highest scorer in AFC Champions League history, with 36 goals, having starred for FC Seoul, Beijing FC and Suwon Samsung Bluewings over the years.
The Montenegrin’s first foray into the Asian game, however, came with a short stint in Saudi Arabia in 2006. But it is in East Asia where the now 38-year-old truly made his name and, after moving to Korea Republic’s K League in 2007, he has not looked back since.
Having found a home away from home on the other side of the world, and collected plenty of prizes along the way, Damjanovic tells the-AFC.com about his life and times in Asia and reflects on a move that has proved an unequivocal success both on and off the pitch.
Caught on Camera: The best of Asian football through a lens
Kuala Lumpur: It was once said that: “Nobody has ever taken a photograph of something they want to forget.”
Wise words indeed and an undeniable truth that has inspired an army of photographers to document the exhilarating highs and lows of Asian football. To produce images that – sometimes years on from when they were first produced – never fail to resonate, never fail to stir the emotions, never fail to excite.
Kuala Lumpur: The-AFC.com's '5 of the Best' series has taken in some spectacular goals in recent weeks and the latest compilation from the AFC Champions League will not disappoint as we look back at some delightful dead-ball deliveries.
After previously featuring the finest acrobatic goals, solo goals, volleys, long-range screamers and chips, this week's selection sees stunning set-piece specials from some of the biggest names of the Continental game including Paulinho, Theerathon and Abdulrahman, so enjoy the trip down memory lane and vote for your favourite in the poll below!
Kuala Lumpur: Mohamadou Sumareh is confident Malaysia will hit the ground running when the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 resume.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced the postponement of Asian Qualifiers fixtures scheduled for March and June, with Malaysia within striking distance of top spot in Group G.
The Southeast Asians sit second in the group on nine points, with Vietnam on top with 11. Regional rivals Thailand are third on eight points with United Arab Emirates two points behind in an extremely tight group.
Bangkok: Tristan Do has praised the decision to switch the Thai League 1 season to a September start, with the Bangkok United defender believing the competition will have greater appeal to players around the world.
Thailand’s 2020 domestic season is currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but plans are in place to resume in September should the situation have improved enough to allow competitive sport to restart.
The Thai FA has long-since discussed the idea of moving the schedule to be more in line with European leagues and the unprecedented situation around the world at present could have inadvertently offered them the chance to do so sooner than expected.