Valencia: Lee Kang-in is relishing the start of the new La Liga season as the Korea Republic midfielder sharpened his goal scoring instincts for Valencia over the weekend.
The 19-year-old netted twice in a 3-1 win over second division side FC Cartagena in a friendly on Saturday and, with only a week to go until Los Che kick off their 2020/21 campaign against Levante on September 13, Lee was delighted with the performance of the team.
“We’re happy to have taken the win ahead of a very important season,” he told the club’s official media. “I think that we are working rather well.
Kuala Lumpur: The 2019 AFC Champions League was replete with star strikers as frontmen from all over the globe displayed their attacking prowess and brought joy to spectators across the Continent.
Over the past three weeks, fans of Asian football have decided their top goalkeeper, the best defence and the playmakers in midfield, so now it's time to turn our attention to the all-important forward positions in order to find a front trio to complete the Best XI.
Using match data from the tournament, we've selected eight standout performers from the 2019 edition to present a star-studded cast. All you need to do is review the nominees and vote for your favourite in the poll below.
Kuala Lumpur: Excitement continues to build as the 2020 AFC Champions League gets set to resume on September 14 but, before which, it's time to decide which was the best goal from the competition from the past decade.
Over the last two weeks, Asia’s football fans have come together to celebrate the best AFC Champions League goals from the last 10 years.
Hundreds of thousands of football lovers voted them in, now, which goal will emerge from the final as the tournament's best of the decade? From an initial list of 20 semi-finalists, 10 special goals remain, and the choice is in your hands.
Hotshots: Omar Khrbin (Al Hilal SFC) – 2017 AFC Champions League
Kuala Lumpur: Despite Al Hilal SFC losing out in the 2017 AFC Champions League final, striker Omar Khrbin emerged with his head held high following a campaign throughout which he had excelled in front of goal.
From a wonderfully astute finish in Abu Dhabi on Matchday Three to an equally memorable strike in the final against the might of Urawa Red Diamonds, Khrbin frequently proved unstoppable as the Syrian’s 10 goals saw him finish as the competition’s leading marksman – success powered by his unerring ability to be, more often than not, in the right place at the right time.
The livewire forward’s performances also ensured he was named the 2017 AFC Player of the Year – just reward for a season when he led the line superbly for Ramón Díaz’s charges.
With the latest edition of Asia’s premier club competition nearing its resumption, join the-AFC.com as we take a trip down memory lane to relive Khrbin’s exploits and see exactly why he earned the title – AFC Hotshot.
Bracket Challenge - Quarter-finals: Abbas Chahrour (LBN) vs Ali Daei (IRN)
Kuala Lumpur: Lebanon's Abbas Chahrour will face India's Sunil Chhetri in the semi-finals of the AFC Asian Cup Greatest Goals Bracket Challenge after defeating Islamic Republic of Iran's Ali Daei in the quarter-finals.
Chahrour has the honour of having scored Lebanon's first AFC Asian Cup Finals goal, against Iraq in the 2000 edition at the Sports CIty Stadium in Beirut.
Bracket Challenge - Quarter-finals: Widodo Putra (IDN) vs Yousef Al Rawashdeh (JOR)
Kuala Lumpur: Widodo Putra has advanced to the semi-finals of the AFC Asian Cup Greatest Goals Bracket Challenge, with his spectacular effort in the 1996 AFC Asian Cup
against Kuwait taking the Indonesian through.
Widodo overcame a tough initial challenge from Jordan's Yousef Al Rawashdeh, with the Indonesian pulling clear in the final hours of voting.
Kuala Lumpur: India's Sunil Chhetri is through to the semi-finals of the AFC Asian Cup Greatest Goals Bracket Challenge after coming from behind to edge Iraq's Younis Mahmoud.
India talisman Chhetri entered the final hours of the poll trailing Mahmoud, whose header in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup final against Saudi Arabia remains one of the Continental showpiece's most iconic moments.