Shanghai Shenhua's Ighalo to stay with Manchester United until January 2021
London: Manchester United extended Odion Ighalo's loan spell until January 2021 on Monday to ensure the Nigerian striker will be able to finish the 2019/20 season with the Premier League club.
Ighalo's initial loan deal from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua expired at the end of May, but the 30-year-old has been rewarded for an impressive return of four goals in eight appearances for United before football was shut down by the coronavirus pandemic in March.
Asian Classics: IR Iran vs Australia (1998 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers)
Kuala Lumpur: In late 1997, Valdeir ‘Badu’ Vieira took charge of Islamic Republic of Iran for just three games and by the end of the Brazilian’s brief tenure, millions of fans had poured onto the streets of Tehran to celebrate Team Melli securing a place at their first FIFA World Cup Finals in 20 years.
The focal point of Iran’s qualification for France 98 has often been the climax against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the 2-2 draw that broke Australian hearts, when goals from Karim Bagheri and Khodadad Azizi earned the Iranians a 3-3 aggregate tie and a ticket for the FIFA World Cup on the away goals rule.
But a little less than three weeks earlier the former Costa Rica coach jumped aboard the Team Melli rollercoaster for a ride he and football fans around Asia would never forget.
Kuala Lumpur: Despite only joining the AFC Champions League in 2007, Australian players, and clubs from the A-League, have already left a memorable impact on the Continental competition. We cast the spotlight on five of those who have written their name into the tournament's history.
When it comes to Australian success in the AFC Champions League, Adelaide United (finalists in 2008) and Western Sydney Wanderers (champions in 2014) are the two stand-outs and it is unsurprising that players from these two sides feature heavily in our candidates for greatest Aussie ACL legend.
However, it was in fact at a Korean side, Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, where one man from Down Under arguably had the biggest impact of the lot. Review and remember this five-star selection and vote for your favourite in the poll at the foot of the article.
One of Asia’s most successful clubs, Al Hilal SFC built a dynasty on either side of the new millennium that rivals the best in the football world.
Around the turn of the 21st century, Al Hilal transformed their domestic success into the continental front in an era which saw them win the Asian Club Championship, two Asian Cup Winners’ Cup titles and two Asian Super Cup titles to add to two Saudi Pro League titles and one Crown Prince Cup - all in the space of four years.
These were exciting times for Al Hilal, that ushered a new era for the club, marking it as one of Asia's greatest ever club teams.
Kuala Lumpur: It's hard to beat the feeling of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat at the very last, and this week's '5 of the Best' highlights some of the most dramatic climaxes ever seen in the AFC Champions League.
From elation in Osaka to joy in Jeddah and fantastic finishes in Dubai, Sydney and Tehran, our latest edition shines the spotlight on the magical moments that help make the beautiful game the most watched sport in the world.