AFC and KONAMI sign new sponsorship and licensing deal
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) today announced an expanded partnership renewal with Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. for the upcoming four-year rights cycle that includes global sponsorship and licensing rights for both AFC national team and club competitions.
The global partnership encompasses major AFC competitions, including but not limited to the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar, Asia’s flagship national team competition, the AFC Asian Cup, which is set to take place in China PR in June 2023, and the Continent’s pinnacle club competition the AFC Champions League.
The Asian Football Quiz - AFC Champions League Edition
Kuala Lumpur: Think you know all there is on Asian football? As we count down to the 2021 AFC Champions League draw on Wednesday, take our quiz below to see how much you know about the continent's premier club competition!
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The official 2021 AFC Champions League and 2021 AFC Cup draw is scheduled to take place in a virtual ceremony on January 27, 2021 in Malaysia at 2:30pm and 4:30pm (local time) respectively.
Both club competitions will see a record number of clubs competing in 2021 with two additional groups – one each for the East and West Regions – included in this season’s AFC Champions League Group Stage, which has been expanded from 32 to 40 clubs.
Similarly, the number of clubs in the 2021 Group Stage of the ever-growing AFC Cup may rise to 39 clubs from 36 in the last edition in 2019, with a newly-introduced Group for the Central Zone.
Hamed Lak wins Asia’s Choice – Best AFC Champions League Player of 2020
Kuala Lumpur: Persepolis FC goalkeeper Hamed Lak is Asia’s Choice for the Best AFC Champions League Player of 2020.
The 30-year-old shot-stopper resoundingly won the award, which recognises the best performer in the 2020 AFC Champions League season, based on votes from a combination of fans and independent experts.
Lak prevailed ahead of Ulsan Hyundai FC midfielder Yoon Bit-garam, who finished second having received the official award for the competition’s Most Valuable Player following the final in Doha on December 19.
Largest-ever AFC Club Competitions’ cast to discover opponents
Kuala Lumpur: Asian club football looks set to usher in a new era with its biggest-ever season as the attention shifts towards the Group Stage draws for this year’s AFC Cup and AFC Champions League, which is scheduled to take place in a virtual ceremony on January 27, 2021 in Malaysia at 2:30pm and 4:30pm (local time) respectively.
Both club competitions will see a record number of clubs compete in 2021, with two additional groups – one each for the East and West Regions – included in this season’s AFC Champions League Group Stage, which has expanded from 32 to 40 clubs.
Ellie Carpenter wins Asia’s Choice – Best Women’s Player of 2020
Kuala Lumpur: Australia’s star full-back Ellie Carpenter is Asia’s Choice for the Best Women’s Player of 2020.
The 20-year-old edged out Japan’s Saki Kumagai and national teammates Caitlin Foord and Sam Kerr to win the award, which recognises women players from AFC Member Associations for their performances for club and country in the 2020 calendar year.
The youngest player to be shortlisted for the award, Carpenter has been acknowledged for an exceptional 2020, which included achievements for two clubs as well as the Australian women’s national team.