Beijing: Former China PR goalkeeper Yang Zhi has announced his retirement from football at the age of 37, bringing the curtain down on a career that saw him help Beijing FC to the Chinese Super League title in 2009.
Yang, who also played 38 times for China, made the announcement on Monday, bringing an end to a 17-season stint between the posts. He had been without a club after leaving Beijing at the end of 2019.
Hotshots: Bienvenido Marañón (Ceres Negros FC) - 2019 AFC Cup
Kuala Lumpur: Since making his AFC Cup debut in 2016, striker Bienvenido Marañón has quickly established himself as one of Asia’s finest – a well-earned reputation he firmly underlined during last season’s Continental action.
Despite Philippines powerhouse Ceres Negros (now known as United City FC) - ultimately succumbing to Vietnamese giants Hanoi FC in the ASEAN Zonal Semi-finals, the crowd favourite bagged 10 AFC Cup goals in 2019, an impressive haul which saw him finish as the competition’s leading marksman.
Kuala Lumpur: The 2018 AFC Champions League boasted an array of fine attacking talent with some world-class performers gracing Asia's most prestigious club competition.
After deciding the top goalkeeper, the best defence in front of him and the playmakers in midfield, we have eight players of our 2018 AFC Champions League Best XI confirmed, so now it's time to complete the jigsaw by voting for the men to lead the line up front.
So, without further ado, here are the eight players in contention for the three places in attack. Review the nominees and then choose your favourites for this all-star XI in the poll below.
Kuala Lumpur: Over the past two months, the-AFC.com's '5 of the Best' series has brought you some of the most memorable goals from the AFC Cup, but this week we turn our attention to the other end of the pitch and focus on goalkeepers by reviewing some fabulous saves.
From Jordan to Johor, we highlight five breathtaking efforts from those trusted as the last line of defence as they perform wonders to keep out the opposition. Enjoy the selection and don't forget to vote your favourite at the bottom of the article.
UAE's Caneda misses Serbia training stint after testing positive for COVID-19
Dubai: Caio Caneda will miss the United Arab Emirates' training stint in Serbia after testing positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The Al Ain forward, who recently received his UAE citizenship, said on social media that he had been in isolation and was feeling healthy, but had been awaiting a negative test before linking up with the squad.
“Hello, guys! First of all, thank you so much for all the messages and all the love I’ve been receiving on social media all these days. I’ve been isolated 17 days already with Covid-19.
“Just want to let all my fans and friends know that I’m feeling great, feeling healthy, and ready to come back as soon as possible," said Caneda on Instagram.