Goa: With the start of the 2020-21 Indian Super League (ISL) in Goa now just a few weeks away, the-AFC.com continues its series of looking at Asia's biggest football clubs as we turn our attention to the Continent's second most populous country: India.
Football in the South Asian nation has been part of the sporting calendar for well over a century, with the country being home to several of Asia's most historic clubs. In recent years, the emergence of the ISL has led to a number of sides from all across India springing into existence as football has moved into an exciting new era.
Taking into account history, fanbase and recent success, the-AFC.com has selected five teams as India's most popular clubs and asks you, the fans, to vote for your favouritie.
Vote for your best AFC Champions League 2020 (West) Team: Defenders
Kuala Lumpur: The return of the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) is now just weeks away but before this season's Continental campaign resumes, the-AFC.com continues its quest to find out who the fans consider the Best XI from the West Asia stage.
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.
Head coach Day eager to get Bangladesh up and running again
Dhaka: Head coach Jamie Day is eager to see his Bangladesh side in action, having returned from England on Thursday.
Bangladesh are scheduled to play Nepal in two friendlies next month and it will be Day’s first opportunity to gauge his players since January, with international football having been halted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Own goal seals draw for Shanghai SIPG in CSL semi-final against Jiangsu Suning
Suzhou: Zhang Cheng’s bizarre own goal nine minutes from time earned 10-man Shanghai SIPG an unlikely 1-1 draw with Jiangsu Suning in the first leg of their Chinese Super League playoff semi-final on Thursday.
Jiangsu looked to set to take a one-goal advantage into Monday’s return leg after Alex Teixeira had given Cosmin Olaroiu’s side the lead 10 minutes into the second half and Mirahmetjan Muzepper was sent off with 21 minutes remaining for the 2018 champions.
But Zhang’s own goal means the teams will go into the second leg level as they fight it out for a place in the final, where they will meet either defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande or Beijing FC.