Dubai: The end of January concluded one of the most exciting winter transfer windows in recent times across the world, and Asian football was no exception.
Whether it was replacing injured players, plugging defensive gaps, or boosting their squads ahead of a title charge or a relegation battle, clubs in West Asia were busy throughout the month. The-AFC.com looks at some of the key moves across the region this winter.
Sydney: A 25-player Australia squad has been named by head coach Tony Gustavsson to contest the 2023 Cup of Nations to be hosted across New South Wales later this month.
The six-match tournament - which will also feature Spain, Jamaica and Czech Republic - will kick-off in Gosford on February 16 with Matchday 2 in Sydney three days later before the Cup of Nations concludes on February 22 in Newcastle.
Transfer Wrap: Big names on the move (ASEAN & East)
Kuala Lumpur: It’s been a busy month in the world of transfers across Asia with big names swapping clubs domestically as well as moving between countries and continents.
With a number of clubs signing players ahead of the kick-off to their 2023 campaigns and others looking to bolster their squads mid-season, the-AFC.com highlights some of the most notable moves involving teams from the East and ASEAN regions in recent weeks.
Hanoi: The 2023 V.League 1 gets underway on Friday with a host of clubs who consider themselves genuine title contenders set to battle it out to become champions of Vietnam.
Hanoi FC won their third title since 2018 and sixth in total when they finished ahead of the chasing pack last time out to also qualify for the AFC Champions League™ group stage for the first time.
But Hai Phong FC and Binh Dinh finished just three and four points adrift respectively while others, including the 2020 champions Viettel FC, will believe they have what it takes to challenge in the campaign ahead.