CFA announces new plans to strengthen Chinese football
Beijing: The Chinese Super League's (CSL) next phase of development has been laid out by the Chinese Football Association's leadership headed by President Chen Xuyuan.
In the last five years, the CSL has grown in stature and has attracted some of the biggest names in world football but now the CFA President Chen and the General Secretary Liu Yi are looking to develop more domestic talent and stronger links between clubs and communities.
The search for Asia's Most Popular Football Club: Tractor SC, Persepolis FC through to final
Kuala Lumpur: Tractor SC and Persepolis FC have advanced to the final of the Search for Asia's Most Popular Football Club after finishing as the two highest ranked teams in Central and South Asia poll.
The Islamic Republic of Iran sides garnered a combined total of 90% of the votes cast in the regional poll aimed at finding the Continent's most popular club.
The two now await their opponents in the final, with polling in the East section ending on Tuesday.
The polls for the ASEAN and West regions start on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, with the final of the Search for Asia's Most Popular Football Club kicking off on December 27.
Check out the Central and South Asia nominees and results below.
2020 AFC Champions League – Quarter-Finals in review
Doha: As the 2020 AFC Champions League draws to a conclusion with Persepolis FC and Ulsan Hyundai FC contesting the edition’s final, the-AFC.com looks back at how the quarter-final stage unfolded.
In the West zone, an all-Saudi tie between Al Nassr and Al Ahli got the quarter-final action underway at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, and eventual finalists Persepolis took on Uzbekistan’s Pakhtakor later on that night, with both ties ending with the same score line.
Doha: Persepolis FC and Ulsan Hyundai FC are set to contest the 18th AFC Champions League final since the inauguration of the competition in 2002-03, and the first between an Iranian and a Korean team in the competition’s history.
Over the past 17 editions, the showpiece event of Asian club football has brought numerous moments that remain ingrained in the memories of fans of the beautiful game across the continent. the-AFC.com looks at five memorable moments from past finals and asks you, the reader, to vote for your best.
Doha: History awaits Ulsan Hyundai FC and Persepolis FC in Saturday’s 2020 AFC Champions League final, and both sides have a rich history in the competition.
Reaching the AFC Champions League final for the second time in three years, Persepolis are aiming to end a 27-year continental trophy drought for Iranian clubs, since the now defunct PAS Tehran lifted the 1992-93 Asian Club Championship trophy.
Wounds of losing the 2018 final to Japan’s Kashima Antlers remain fresh in the memory of the Red Army’s fans, but a largely unchanged group of players will aim to go one step further when they take on Ulsan Hyundai at Al Janoub Stadium on Saturday.