East Asia and ASEAN Wrap: Marinos win big ahead of ACL return
Kuala Lumpur: Yokohama F. Marinos' preparation for the 2020 AFC Champions League restart received a timely boost on Saturday as they enjoyed a big win over Urawa Red Diamonds.
While many of the domestic leagues across East Asia and ASEAN were dormant, due to the seasons concluding or being postponed, there was a full set of fixtures in Japan, while there was also action to review in the Singapore Premier League and Hong Kong's Sapling Cup.
Stage set for 2020 AFC Champions League (East) in Doha
Doha: The exciting race to join Islamic Republic of Iran’s Persepolis FC in the 2020 AFC Champions League final on December 19 will kick-off on Wednesday in Doha, Qatar as Asia’s top clubs from the East Zone restart their eagerly anticipated Group Stage campaigns.
Similar to the AFC Champions League (West), which was successfully staged last month, players and officials will be placed under strict health regulations and measures as a precaution against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vote for your favourite AFC Champions League 2020 (West) player as Best XI is announced!
Kuala Lumpur: Just a few days before the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) resumes, the-AFC.com brings you the all-star team, as voted by the fans, from the 2020 (West) edition.
It will come as no surprise that a number of the Persepolis side who have reached the 2020 AFC Champions League final made the line-up after their impressive displays throughout and they are joined by five other standout performers.
Below are the 11 players voted by the public on the-AFC.com, while an XI by Stats Perform, the official statistics provider for the AFC, is also included as a comparison.
Tell us who is your favourite player from the AFC Champions League 2020 (West) in the poll at the bottom of the article.
Zhang Yuning ready to power Beijing FC's AFC Champions League challenge
Beijing: Injury ruled Zhang Yuning out of Beijing FC’s opening win over Chiangrai United in the 2020 AFC Champions League earlier this year, but the China PR international is now firing on all cylinders and is hoping to steer his side into the knockout rounds of the continental club championship.
The 23-year-old missed the win over the Thai League 1 champions after breaking a bone in his foot during the group phase of the AFC U23 Championship in January and, although side-lined for several months, Zhang believes he has returned stronger than before.
Injury rules Guangzhou Evergrande's Paulinho out of 2020 AFC Champions League
Doha: Guangzhou Evergrande’s 2020 AFC Champions League hopes suffered a blow on Monday with the injury-enforced withdrawal of influential midfielder Paulinho from the squad for the matches to be played in Qatar.
The Brazilian, who was his club’s top scorer as they finished in the runners-up position in the Chinese Super League this season, is nursing a thigh injury which means he joins captain Zheng Zhi in missing this year’s continental club championship.
AFC Champions League 2020: Persepolis' route to final relived
Doha: There is still everything to play for in the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) but Islamic Republic of Iran's Persepolis FC are one match away from laying their hands on the coveted trophy.
The Iranian champions sealed their spot in the December 19 final after a magnificent performance in the 2020 AFC Champions League (West) which was played in the centralised location of Qatar.
Having garnered just one point from their opening two matches before the tournament was halted in March by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Iranian champions hardly put a foot wrong when the tournament resumed in September.
Join the-AFC.com as we relive Persepolis' journey to the AFC Champions League final, their second in three years.