East Asia Domestic Wrap: Yokohoma end 15-year title drought
Kuala Lumpur: Yokohama F. Marinos lifted the J.League championship for the first time since 2004 after coach Ange Postecoglou helmed the club to a 3-0 win over title-rivals FC Tokyo on Saturday that concluded the domestic season in fine style.
Elsewhere, Shanghai Shenhua secured their fifth Chinese FA Cup title and a place at the 2020 AFC Champions League, while there were also league action in Hong Kong, so join the-AFC.com as we review all the action across East Asia.
Son celebrates AFC Asian International Player of the Year award with wonder goal
London: Korea Republic captain and Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min celebrated receiving the 2019 AFC Asian International Player of the Year award with an amazing solo goal against Burnley in a Premier League tie on Saturday.
Son, winning for a record third time, received the award from Korea Republic legend Park Ji-sung and Andy Roxburgh, the AFC's Director of Technical Division at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
'Power of Heroes' inspires young players in China PR
Changsha: The Chinese Football Association (CFA), with the support of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), staged the annual CFA Dream China Social Responsibilities Initiatives programme in Changsha and harnessed the ‘power of heroes’ to inspire young players.
The three-day programme was the culmination of a month long event which involved over 5,300 children and provided the opportunity for teams from across the Hunan province, including the remote mountain area of Zhangjiajie, to meet the stars of Chinese football.
Shanghai: Shanghai Shenhua came back from a first leg deficit to beat Shandong Luneng 3-0 in the 2019 Chinese FA Cup final, winning 3-1 on aggregate to claim their fifth title on Friday.
Shanghai overturned the first leg deficit with three second half goals from Kim Shin-wook, Stephan El Shaarawy and Alexander N'Doumbou.
After a goalless firat half, Kim - who joined Shanghai last July - was influential in the second period with the Korea Republic international firing home a half-volley to break the deadlock on the hour mark.
Bento expects normal service from Korea Republic in regional meet
Ulsan: The likes of Son Heung-min and Hwang Hee-chan may not be a part of the Korea Republic squad but the target for the Taeguk Warriors in the 2019 EAFF E-1 Championship will be the same - playing their best.
Head coach Paulo Bento's squad for the regional tournament consists of players who play their club football in Korea Republic, China and Japan.
The lone exception is Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Hwang In-beom while the Europe-based players were not called up to allow them to focus on their club commitments.