Istiklol sign Bulgarian Patev ahead of AFC Champions League clash against Persepolis
Dushanbe: Tajikistan’s FC Istiklol have bolstered their playing stock ahead of next month’s AFC Champions League Round of 16 tie against Persepolis FC with the signing of Bulgarian full-back Petar Patev.
Patev, who has primarily been used as a right back in the past, will join the Dushanbe-based side on a contract which runs until the end of the 2021 season, filling the vacant foreign player spot made available by the departure of Dutch attacking midfielder Huseyin Dogan, who left the club in June.
Vote for your best 2021 AFC Champions League Group Stage Team: Midfielders
Kuala Lumpur: As football lovers across Asia look forward to the return of the 2021 AFC Champions League, the-AFC.com continues its quest to find out who the fans consider the Best XI from this year's Group Stage.
Over the past two weeks we have seen the goalkeeper and the defendersin front of him decided, so now it's time to turn our attention to the midfield and find out who you consider the main men in the middle.
So, here are the 10 players in contention for our places in the centre of the park. Review the candidates and then select your favourite for this all-star XI in the poll below.
Preview: Nasaf ready to deliver in 2021 AFC Cup Central Zonal Final against Ahal
Karshi: Uzbekistan’s FC Nasaf are hopeful their superior preparation will pay dividends when they host FC Ahal of Turkmenistan in Wednesday’s 2021 AFC Cup Central Zonal Final at Markaziy Stadium.
The outstanding team of the Central Zone’s group stage with nine unanswered goals back in May, Ruzikul Berdiev’s side will enter Wednesday’s sudden-death tie as strong favourites largely due to what is expected to be a greater level of match fitness.
Nasaf have the advantage of having played 15 Uzbekistan Super League games this season, including eight since their previous AFC Cup duties, while Ahal are still waiting for Turkmenistan’s Yokary Liga to begin due to persistent delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Maziya S&R, Bengaluru target winning end to AFC Cup campaign
Male: India's JSW Bengaluru and Maldives’ Maziya S&R are equally confident of ending their 2021 AFC Cup Group D campaign on a winning note when the two clash at the National Football Stadium on Tuesday.
Bengaluru and Maziya go into the match still seeking their first win with both having already been eliminated from the competition.
Preview - Group D: ATK Mohun Bagan and Bashundhara Kings set for winner-take-all clash; Bengaluru FC and Maziya S&R to play for pride
Male: Group D of the 2021 AFC Cup is set for a thrilling climax on Tuesday with ATK Mohun Bagan and Bashundhara Kings facing off to see who will be crowned South Zonal champions and claim a place in the Inter-Zone Semi-final.
Meanwhile, in the day's late game, the already eliminated pair of hosts Maziya Sports & Recreation of the Maldives and India's 2016 runners-up Bengaluru FC will face off in a battle for pride and points, with neither team yet to record a win in the 2021 AFC Cup Group Stage.
Bashundhara Kings to change approach in crucial AFC Cup showdown with ATK Mohun Bagan
Male: Bashundhara Kings head coach Oscar Bruzon fully believes his side will defeat ATK Mohun Bagan in their final Group D tie on Tuesday for a place in the 2021 AFC Cup knockout stage.
It is a must-win match for the Bangladesh champions as they sit second in the standings with four points, two adrift of leaders ATK Mohun Bagan of India with the group winners to book their place in the Inter-Zone Semi-final.
FC Nasaf vs Ahal FC – How they reached the 2021 AFC Cup Central Zonal Final
Karshi: The countdown is on to one of the biggest events of the Central Asian football season, with Uzbekistan’s FC Nasaf to host Ahal FC of Turkmenistan in the 2021 AFC Cup Central Zonal Final on Wednesday.
There can only be one winner when the two unbeaten sides cross paths, with the victors to carry the hopes of the entire Central Asian region into the latter stages of the tournament.
Ninety minutes, or perhaps a few more, will decide which club will advance to the Inter-Zone Semi-finals as Central Asia’s last team standing, with the South Zonal champions lying in wait.
Join the-AFC.com as we look at how Nasaf and Ahal made it this far, who stood out during the group stage and what it all means ahead of Wednesday’s blockbuster clash at Karshi’s Markaziy Stadium.