Kuala Lumpur: With a handful of Asia’s top national sides in action for the first time in 2020, attention this week has turned to the international game, where some of the continent’s biggest names reminded us of what we’ve been missing.
In a departure from our usual weekly poll, we’ve narrowed down the best performers from the various international matches featuring Asian sides over the last week, now it’s up to you to decide who was Asia’s standout player over the international break.
Utrecht: Substitute Naomichi Ueda’s injury time header earned Japan a 1-0 win over Côte d'Ivoire
on Tuesday as the Samurai Blue completed their two-match stint in Europe with an unbeaten record.
Ueda headed home Gaku Shibasaki’s free-kick in the first minute of added time as Hajime Moriyasu’s side followed up Friday’s 0-0 draw with Cameroon with victory over the Ivorians at the Stadion Galgenwaard in Utrecht in the Netherlands.
Kuala Lumpur: After bringing you the first two entrants for the AFC Cup Bracket Challenge on Monday, the-AFC.com returns with two more fantastic goals from the Continental competition.
Having scrolled the archives to hand-pick some of the finest goals from the past decade fans of Asian football are sure to enjoy our review, which features some of the tournament's most popular clubs and greatest players.
Bracket Challenge – RO32: Boaz Solossa (Persipura) v Chan Siu Ki (South China)
Kuala Lumpur: Since its inaugural edition in 2004, the AFC Cup has produced many glorious moments and, of course, numerous goals that will live long in the memory.
After the 2020 edition was cancelled due to COVID-19, the-AFC.com launches an AFC Cup Bracket Challenge that features 32 of the greatest goals from the previous decade and ask you, the fans, to vote for your favourities.
AFC Champions League - MVP Memories: Therdsak Chaiman
Bangkok: With the 2020 AFC Champions League (EAST) set to resume in the coming weeks, the-AFC.com begins a series where some of the players who have lit up the competition since its inaugural edition in 2002-03 recall their memorable campaigns, starting with Thailand's Therdsak Chaiman.
Mention Thai football these days and the names of Chanathip Songkrasin and Theerathon Bunmathan are likely to crop up. The pair have excelled in Japan with Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo and Yokohama F. Marinos respectively, with Theerathon being crowned a J1 League champion in 2019.
They are part of a generation of players who have raised the bar for club football in the Southeast Asia country, with their performances in the 2017 AFC Champions League helping Muangthong United claim some notable scalps en route to the Round of 16.