Kuala Lumpur: As fans of Asian football prepare for the return of the AFC Champions League, with the 19th edition of the continental competition's playoff round kicking off on Wednesday, the-AFC.com looks back at the tournament's history.
A record 40 teams split into 10 groups will take part in the 2021 AFC Champions League as the competition continues to go from strength to strength, showcasing Asia's finest teams and numerous world-renowned players.
Almost 20 years ago, Asian football moved into an exciting new era as the AFC Champions League saw the merger of the Asian Club Championship and Asian Cup Winners' Cup in 2002-03, and that's where we start our look back at the tournament through the years.
Kuala Lumpur: The polls are closed in our bid to assemble the ultimate fans’ AFC Cup Dream Team, but one key question remains – who should be in charge?
Fans from across the continent and beyond have had their say regarding the tournament’s greatest players, but the race to determine which the tournament’s greatest ever coach is only just beginning.
Hailing from Asia, Europe and South America, we’ve selected 10 of the competition’s outstanding coaches, all of whom achieved team success or historical firsts, now it’s up to you to study the shortlist and register your vote.
Guangzhou and Suzhou to host opening Chinese Super League groups
Hong Kong: Guangzhou and Suzhou will host the opening rounds of the 2021 Chinese Super League in bio-secure bubbles when the league kicks on April 20, the Chinese Football Association has announced.
Guangzhou will host Group A containing eight-time champions Guangzhou FC as well as Guangzhou City and Shenzhen FC alongside Chinese FA Cup holders Shandong Taishan, Chongqing Athletic, Henan Longmen, Qingdao FC and Cangzhou Lions.
Excitement builds following host city and stadium reveal
Zurich: Ten stadiums across nine cities were revealed on Wednesday as Australia and New Zealand prepare to welcome the world for the biggest football tournament ever to be staged in the region.
From the Opening Match at Auckland’s Eden Park, host to many of New Zealand’s great sporting moments, all the way through to the Final at Sydney’s Stadium Australia, site of the 2000 Olympic Games, the venues will offer a broad taste of the best of Down Under.