West Asia Domestic Wrap: Sharjah and Al Sadd suffer defeats; Al Nassr triumph
Beirut: UAE Pro League defending champions Sharjah suffered another setback while Qatar champions Al Sadd's title defence received a blow as Al Duhail remained top of the Qatar Stars League standings.
Saudi Arabia champions Al Nassr won their first title of the season after defeating Al Taawoun in the Saudi Super Cup while Al Seeb continue to lead in Oman. Join the-AFC.com as we review the action of the week gone by.
Tehran: Esteghlal FC put an end to uncertainty regarding the club’s head coaching role, confirming former Iranian international Farhad Majidi as their new boss on Thursday.
A star for the club during his glittering playing career, Majidi’s appointment comes after former Inter Milan and Udinese manager Andrea Stramaccioni stepped down from the top job on December 9.
The door had seemingly been left ajar for Stramaccioni to return to the role, but Esteghlal confirmed the Italian’s departure was permanent last week, with Majidi subsequently signing a one-and-a-half-year deal with the two-time Asian champions.
Majidi takes the job on a full-time basis having briefly held the reins at Esteghlal on a caretaker basis after the departure of German boss Winfried Schaefer last April.
Vissel Kobe seal debut ACL appearance with Emperor's Cup win
Tokyo: Vissel Kobe were crowned Emperor's Cup champions for the first time on Wednesday, inaugurating the new National Stadium with a 2-0 victory over Kashima Antlers following a pair of fortunate goals.
The star-studded club took the lead off an own goal by Kashima defender Tomoya Inukai in the 18th minute, then doubled the advantage when the ball ricocheted into the net off striker Noriaki Fujimoto 20 minutes later.
Kuala Lumpur: Defending champions Al Hilal SFC will play in Group B of the 2020 AFC Champions League following the conclusion of the draw at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday.
Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal, who defeated Urawa Red Diamonds of Japan to lift the 2019 title after runners-up finishes in 2014 and 2017, will have Shabab Al Ahli Dubai (UAE), Pakhtakor (UZB) and the winner of a play-off for company.