Vote for your best 2020 AFC Champions League Team: Defenders
Kuala Lumpur: With the dust settling on Ulsan Hyundai FC lifting the title for the second time, we continue our search for the 2020 AFC Champions League Best XI with our focus on the defensive stalwarts.
Last week we presented the candidates for the 2020 edition's best goalkeeper, and now we shine the spotlight on the players who will make up the backline.
So, here are the 14 players in contention for the four places in defence. Review the nominees and then choose your favourite defenders for this all-star XI in the respective polls.
Kuala Lumpur: After two weeks of intense competition featuring 20 of the best goals, we are down to the final of the Best Goal of the 2020 AFC Champions League.
The semi-finals garnered hundreds of thousands of votes with Persepolis FC's Mehdi Abdi Qara leading the way with two of his goals making the final.
Abdi Qara, however, won't have it easy in the final - which will feature six goals - as Yokohama F. Marinos' Theerathon Bunmathan, Al Nassr duo Abderrazak Hamdallah and Abdulrahman Al Obaid and Esteghlal FC's Cheick Diabate also enjoyed sizeable support in the semi-finals.
Hong Kong: Veteran striker Dejan Damjanovic will continue his quest to become the AFC Champions League’s all-time leading scorer in the 2021 campaign after signing for reigning Hong Kong Premier League champions Kitchee.
The 39-year-old, who is currently second on the list behind recently-retired former Korea Republic international Lee Dong-gook, was unveiled by the 10-time Hong Kong champions in a social media post on Saturday.
AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ competition dates confirmed
Kuala Lumpur: The upcoming edition of Asia’s flagship national team competition – the AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ – will take place from June 16 to July 16, 2023, across ten cities after the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) confirmed the decision today.
The 18th edition of the tournament, which will see Asia’s top 24 national teams compete for the most coveted prize in Asian football, aims to engage more fans than ever before, and will maximise the advantage of playing the opening game on a Friday and the final on a weekend.