Central and South Asia Wrap: Persepolis, Esteghlal share spoils, Bashundhara remain Kings, crucial win for Mumbai City
Bishkek: Persepolis and Esteghlal produced four goals but no winner in the Tehran derby, Bashundhara Kings secured some early-season silverware in Bangladesh, while both leagues in India produced superb action.
Plus, all the latest transfers from Central Asia, where clubs in Tashkent and Bishkek have lit up the winter window with major signings.
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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.
Kuala Lumpur: After two weeks of intense competition featuring 20 of the best goals, we are down to the final of the Best Goal of the 2020 AFC Champions League.
The semi-finals garnered hundreds of thousands of votes with Persepolis FC's Mehdi Abdi Qara leading the way with two of his goals making the final.
Abdi Qara, however, won't have it easy in the final - which will feature six goals - as Yokohama F. Marinos' Theerathon Bunmathan, Al Nassr duo Abderrazak Hamdallah and Abdulrahman Al Obaid and Esteghlal FC's Cheick Diabate also enjoyed sizeable support in the semi-finals.
Tokyo: Veteran striker Kazuyoshi Miura will continue his playing career for another season after the world’s oldest goal scorer in a professional league signed a new one-year contract with Yokohama FC, the J.League club announced on Monday.
The former Japan forward, known as ‘King Kazu’, will turn 54 the day before the J.League’s 2021 season begins on February 27 and the up-coming campaign will be his 16th with Yokohama FC and his 36th in total.