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Kuala Lumpur: A first goal in the Premier League, a first in the UEFA Women’s Champions League, and three first-time nominees make our final AFC International Player of the Week of 2020 one with a distinct sense of freshness.
With much of Europe deep in its winter cold, Asia’s players abroad continue to turn up the heat, with 10 contenders based in six separate countries in the discussion for this week’s award.
Here are our nominees for performances from December 16 to 22.
Spaniard Ricardo Rodriquez replaces Tsuyoshi Otsuki at Urawa
Saitama: Tsuyoshi Otsuki will leave Urawa Red Diamonds a year after leading the club to the final of the 2019 AFC Champions League, with the J.League outfit on Tuesday naming Spaniard Ricardo Rodriquez as their head coach for next season.
Otsuki’s side lost out to Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal SFC in the Continental championship’s decider last November but the 48-year-old will stand down from his position after a disappointing 10th place finish in the 2020 J1 League standings.
The search for Asia's Most Popular Football Club: Persija Jakarta, Johor Darul Ta'zim advance to final
Kuala Lumpur: Persija Jakarta and Johor Darul Ta'zim are through to the final of the Search for Asia's Most Popular Football Club after finishing as the two highest ranked teams in the ASEAN poll.
Indonesia's Persija Jakarta received 32.5% of the total votes cast while Malaysia's Johor Darul Ta'zim garnered 29%.
They join Islamic Republic of Iran clubs Tractor SC and Persepolis FC, who finished top two in the combined Central & South Asia poll, in the final. Also through to the final are China PR's Shanghai Shenhua and Korea Republic's Suwon Samsung Bluewings, who topped the East Asia poll.
The poll for the West region ends on Saturday with the final kicking off on Sunday.
The search for Asia's Most Popular Football Club: Shanghai Shenhua, Suwon Samsung Bluewings seal places in final
Kuala Lumpur: Shanghai Shenhua and Suwon Samsung Bluewings are through to the final of the Search for Asia's Most Popular Football Club after finishing as the two highest ranked teams in the East Asia poll.
China PR side Shanghai Shenhua received 40% of the total votes cast while Korea Republic's Suwon Samsung Bluewings garnered 18%.
They join Islamic Republic of Iran clubs Tractor SC and Persepolis FC, who finished top two in the combined Central & South Asia poll, in the final.
The polls for the ASEAN and West regions start on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, with the final of the Search for Asia's Most Popular Football Club kicking off on Sunday.
Check out the East Asia nominees and results below.
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors appoint Kim Sang-sik as head coach
Seoul: Two-time AFC Champions League Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors winners have announced Kim Sang-sik will take over as the club’s new head coach, replacing Jose Morais at the helm of the K League champions.
Kim takes charge at the 2006 and 2016 AFC Champions League winners following the conclusion of Morais’ two-year stint in charge, during which time the Portuguese led Jeonbuk to back-to-back K League titles as well as the 2020 Korean FA Cup.