East Asia & ASEAN Wrap: Jeonbuk and Ulsan win again
Kuala Lumpur: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Ulsan Hyundai edged to narrow wins over the weekend as they continue to set the pace in Korea Republic's K League.
In Vietnam, Saigon claimed the bragging rights after a derby day victory over Ho Chi Minh City FC saw them move top of the V.League, while Taichung Futoro won again to stay in pole position in Chinese Taipei.
It was also a good weekend for China PR's star man in Spain and Japan's representation in Germany's top flight, while there was an Indonesian debut in Serbia, so join the-AFC.com as we review the best of the action from East Asia and ASEAN.
Kuala Lumpur: With the 2020 AFC Champions League currently on hiatus, the-AFC.com continues its series of articles to determine your best sides from the last four editions of the Continental competition.
Asian Classics: Troussier on Japan's 2002 FIFA World Cup
Kuala Lumpur: Eighteen years to the day when Japan historically qualified for the 2002 FIFA World Cup knockout stage for the first time, the-AFC.com exclusively speaks to then Samurai Blue team coach Philippe Troussier to reflect on a moment in time for the East Asian powerhouse.
Now working in youth development within Vietnam's U-19 side, the tactician originally replaced Takeshi Okada in 1998 at the helm of the Japan national side, with a mission to improve upon the nation's previous results in their FIFA World Cup debut in his native France.
Troussier recalls the time leading up to Asia's first FIFA World Cup and the four historic matches that he oversaw as head coach.
Magical Moments: Park Ji-sung vs Portugal (2002 FIFA World Cup)
Kuala Lumpur: When Korea Republic’s Park Ji-sung arrived at the 2002 FIFA World Cup Finals he was already a well-established and highly regarded member of the Taeguk Warriors squad.
Indeed, with the Koreans sharing the tournament’s hosting duties alongside regional rivals Japan, much was expected of both Park and the rest of Guus Hiddink’s squad ahead of their campaign against the world’s elite. Neither were to disappoint.
Expert’s View: Asia’s Greatest Players in Spanish Football
Kuala Lumpur: Over 120,000 votes have already been cast on Asia's greatest exports to England, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. This week we turned to Spain's La Liga to review the candidates for the Continent's best representative.
Unlike the Premier League, Serie A, Bundesliga and Eredivisie, the success stories of Asian footballers in Spain belongs to a more exclusive cast, often due to the challenging nature of the country's footballing landscape.
To help us study this select group of players, we have enlisted the go-to-guy for all things Spanish football, Sid Lowe.
Asian Classics: England’s Lineker recalls that night against Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur
London: Ask Gary Lineker, or any of the England players for that matter, what they remember about the night on June 12, 1991 when England played Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur and they will say one word: "Humidity".
Coming straight from the wind-blast of winter in Wellington (where it snowed the day later) into Kuala L was a shock for most players and the England captain Lineker - although more 'acclimatised' than most - was equally shocked.
"I got a few that night,” he remembers modestly of his four-goal haul, but it was the backstory to the game that was to play out for the next 12 months.