Kuala Lumpur: Since first leaving his homeland in 2006 for a short stint in Saudi Arabia, Daegu FC striker Dejan Damjanovic has spent a long and fruitful career in Asia.
During that time, the 38-year-old has represented Montenegro with esteem, become the second-highest goalscorer in the AFC Champions League’s history and claimed a number of titles along the way.
Looking back at his spells with clubs including FC Seoul and Suwon Samsung Bluewings in Korea Republic and China PR’s Beijing FC, as well as with the national team, Damjanovic tells the-AFC.com what his Dream XI among those he has played alongside would be.
Zhao reflects on the far-fetched dream that became reality
Beijing: The story of former China PR international Zhao Junzhe realising his childhood dream is indeed an inspirational one.
In 1992, a 12-year-old Zhao - then a player of Liaoning's provincial youth team - openly stated his goals in front of the media: "I will work hard and try to take China to the World [Cup]."
Talented though he was, it seemed little more than a typical dream of any child footballer. Not to mention the world's most populous country had failed in qualifying for the previous three FIFA World Cups and for many, they seemed far from ready to mount a serious challenge for World Cup qualification.
China PR’s Wu Lei hails medical frontliners in latest #BreakTheChain episode
Kuala Lumpur: China PR and RCD Espanyol star Wu Lei, who was diagnosed earlier for COVID-19, has paid tribute to doctors and nurses for their selfless contribution to battle the current pandemic in the latest #BreakTheChain series.
The versatile forward joins more than 100 Asian icons and officials in the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) public awareness series which continues to spread the message of unity and enforce the health guidelines by medical experts.
Great Garuda: The players who have helped shape Indonesian football
Kuala Lumpur: April 19 marks the 90th anniversary of the PSSI (Football Association of Indonesia), which was founded back in 1930, eight years before Indonesia – then known as the Dutch East Indies – became the first Asian nation to appear at a FIFA World Cup.
Vote in the poll at the foot of the article to choose your favourite all-time Indonesian legend
You could travel the length and breadth of the Earth but struggle to find a place more impassioned by football than the Southeast Asian country, where the finest players are idolised and expectation remains heaped on the national team.
The Garuda qualified automatically for the 1938 FIFA World Cup in France, but the team had to wait almost six decades until they advanced to another major tournament, when they reached the 1996 AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
While the side of the late 30s deserve their place in history, we look a little closer to modern times to highlight five players who have helped shape the beautiful game in a football-mad nation.
Kuala Lumpur: It's that time of the week when the-AFC.com looks back at some of the finest goals the AFC Champions League has witnessed during its rich history, with the latest '5 of the Best' taking in chips, lobs and scoops.
Following on from the opening four editions – acrobatic goals, solo goals, volleys and long-range stunners – this week's compilation sees beautifully executed finishes from Saudi giants Al Ittihad and Al Hilal as well as entrants from FC Seoul, Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Guangzhou Evergrande, so sit back and enjoy!
Tale of two winners: Al Hilal 2019 v Al Ittihad 2004-05
Kuala Lumpur: Two Saudi Arabian sides, two continental champions, two history makers. Al Ittihad and Al Hilal SFC are the only teams from the Kingdom to conquer the AFC Champions League.
Al Ittihad set a new standard for dominance, remaining the only team to win back-to-back AFC Champions League titles in 2004 and 2005, while Al Hilal’s persistence saw them overcome years of frustration to finally lift the trophy in 2019. the-AFC.com compares Saudi Arabia’s last two continental champions.