Asian Classics: Japan's 2004 triumph an unforgettable moment, says Zico
Kuala Lumpur: Sixteen years ago, Japan showed their resolve to overcome a partisan home crowd and a series of challenging opponents to lift the AFC Asian Cup for the third time.
Their head coach, Brazilian legend Zico, talks exclusively to the-AFC.com about one of the highlights of his illustrious career as he led the Japanese to an historic victory in China PR.
“To be able to lead a team like Japan at the Asian Cup in China was not only an honour, but a challenge and it’s a victory which I cherish and which I will keep with me forever. It was an unforgettable moment in my life.”
Kuala Lumpur: The-AFC.com's '5 of the Best' spotlight returns to AFC Champions League action this week as we highlight goals that are far more about the collective than the individual.
With a selection that is sure to stir up domestic rivalries, we bring you goals from three of the biggest teams in Saudi Arabia and a pair of Japanese giants with moves that were perfected on the training ground before being played out under the floodlights. After reviewing the five teams goals, vote for your favourite at the bottom of the article.
Hotshots: Bienvenido Marañón (Ceres Negros FC) - 2019 AFC Cup
Kuala Lumpur: Since making his AFC Cup debut in 2016, striker Bienvenido Marañón has quickly established himself as one of Asia’s finest – a well-earned reputation he firmly underlined during last season’s Continental action.
Despite Philippines powerhouse Ceres Negros (now known as United City FC) - ultimately succumbing to Vietnamese giants Hanoi FC in the ASEAN Zonal Semi-finals, the crowd favourite bagged 10 AFC Cup goals in 2019, an impressive haul which saw him finish as the competition’s leading marksman.