East Asia & ASEAN Wrap: Jeonbuk open up four-point lead
Kuala Lumpur: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors have moved four points clear at the top of the K League after securing a 2-0 victory over Ulsan Hyundai as the top two in Korea Republic faced off on Sunday.
The latest round of fixtures in Vietnam saw Ho Chi Minh City FC move top of the standings, while the defending champions Hanoi FC also enjoyed a return to form as the V.League begins to take shape after six games.
Elsewhere, there was a huge result for a Japanese international in Germany, a Guangzhou derby in China PR and a pair of big announcements in Southeast Asia, as well as unbridled joy in Australia, so join the-AFC.com as we pick out the biggest stories from East Asia and ASEAN.
Kuala Lumpur: The 2017 AFC Champions League boasted an array of fine attacking talents with some world class performers gracing Asia's most prestigious club competition and a prolific Syrian rising to prominence.
After deciding the top goalkeeper, the best defence in front of him and the playmakers in midfield, we have eight players of our 2017 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: There's nothing quite like seeing a sweetly struck volley fly into the back of the net, and this week the-AFC.com shines the '5 of the Best' spotlight on these aesthetically pleasing goals.
Oumari: Fernando Torres motivated me to raise the bar
Tokyo: Lebanese defender Joan Oumari never imagined that his move to Japan in 2018 would be the opportunity of a lifetime. He has added new experiences to the ones he had in Germany, United Arab Emirates and Turkey, and has made some fantastic friends.
Since arriving in the East Asia, Oumari has experienced a football style that was new to him and played alongside a host of stars who have made FIFA World Cup history – from Andres Iniesta, Fernando Torres and David Villa, who became world champions with Spain at South Africa 2010, to Lukas Podolski, who won the title with Germany at Brazil 2014.
The 31-year-old defender sat down with FIFA.com to talk about what he has learned from playing in Japan, what it is like to share the dressing room with some big names, and Lebanon's chances in the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
Bothroyd expecting big things from Thai star Chanathip
Sapporo: Jay Bothroyd has hailed the impact Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo teammate Chanathip Songkrasin has had in Japan, and the Englishman is urging the Thai international to keep aiming higher as the 2020 J.League gets set to resume in early July.
Bothroyd got a first-hand look at a young Chanathip during a stint in Thailand in 2014 and the former England international believes that despite his tender years, he was the standout homegrown player in the Southeast Asian league.
In 2017, the pair became teammates in the far north of Japan and Bothroyd’s admiration for Chanathip has grown further as the talented attacking midfielder’s career has gone from strength to strength in one of the toughest leagues in Asia.
Australia, New Zealand promise to deliver
a spectacular show in 2023
Sydney: Football Federation Australia (FFA) and New Zealand Football (NZF) are delighted their ground-breaking vision to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will be realised after being awarded the hosting rights by FIFA.
FFA and NZF thanked the FIFA Council for their landmark decision on Thursday, which will see the two countries host a tournament of firsts ─ the first ever co-confederation hosted FIFA World Cup, the first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held in the Asia-Pacific region, and the first ever to be held in the southern hemisphere.