Gelsenkirchen: Former Japan international defender and 2011 AFC Asian Cup winner Maya Yoshida has announced his departure from Schalke 04 following the team’s relegation from the Bundesliga last weekend.
Yoshida signed a one-year contract last summer at the end of his stint with Italian side Sampdoria and the 34-year confirmed on social media that he would not be returning to the club from Gelsenkirchen.
Hong Kong: Hong Kong Premier League champions Kitchee have announced the departure of Dejan Damjanovic, the AFC Champions League™’s all-time leading goal scorer, following the completion of the record-breaking striker’s two-and-a-half-year contract.
The 41-year-old, who passed Lee Dong-gook’s mark after joining Kitchee from Daegu FC in 2021, is one of four players to leave the club upon the completion of the season, alongside Alex Akande, Kyrgyz Republic international Bekzhan Sagynbaev and Maddox Kong.
Sydney: AFC Asian Cup-winning defender and former Australia international Alex Wilkinson has retired from professional football, his club Sydney FC confirmed on Thursday.
The 38-year-old, part of the Socceroos squad that claimed the AFC Asian Cup™ on home soil in 2015, also won five A-League Premierships during stints with Central Coast Mariners and Sydney as well as two K-League titles with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in a career that spanned more than two decades.
Vote for your Best Goal of #ACL2022: Semi-final 1 (East)
Kuala Lumpur: Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds last month became Asian champions for the third time when they overcame Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal SFC in the title clash of the AFC Champions League 2022 – a tournament that saw 384 goals scored in 130 matches at an average of almost three goals every 90 minutes.
Now it’s your turn, as the fans of Asian football, to select which among the lot deserves to be considered the best. In the first of the two semi-finals, the-AFC.com brings you eight fantastic goals from the East Asia section of the draw to look back on.
After reviewing our selection, don’t forget to vote for your favourite in the poll at the bottom of the article to help decide which of the goals will advance to a final to face the best goals from the West Asia side of the draw.