Mehdi Taremi, Sam Kerr, Eldor Shomurodov and more: Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week!
Kuala Lumpur: Our weekly ode to Asia’s outstanding performers outside the continent returns for the first time in 2021, with a string of terrific performances raising heat in the midst of the European winter.
Mehdi Taremi, Eldor Shomurodov and Lee Kang-in were all on the scoresheet, while Sam Kerr and Ji So-yun continued their exceptional impact at English giants Chelsea, but who deserves the title of the first AFC International Player of the Week of 2021?
Study our shortlist – based on performances from January 6 to 13 – and don’t forget to cast your vote.
Tashkent: Dutchman Pieter Huistra will guide Uzbekistan champions FC Pakhtakor into the 2021 season, after his appointment as the club’s new head coach was confirmed on Friday.
The 53-year-old takes the top job after serving since 2017 as assistant under previous boss Shota Arvleadze, who left the club last month.
Huistra also memorably led the Tashkent side on a short-term basis during last season’s AFC Champions League, guiding them to a Round of 16 victory of IR Iran’s Esteghlal while Arveladze was sidelined by COVID-19.
Persepolis' Mehdi Abdi Qara wins Best Goal of 2020 AFC Champions League
Kuala Lumpur: Mehdi Abdi Qara's semi-final goal for Persepolis FC against Al Nassr has been voted by the fans as the Best Goal of the 2020 AFC Champions League.
Abdi Qara's 42nd minute header drew the Islamic Republic of Iran champions level against Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr, with the Tehran-based side going on to win the penalty shootout 5-3 to make their second AFC Champions League final in three years.
Abdi Qara garnered 31.61 percent of the votes with the second of his goals - against eventual champions Ulsan Hyundai FC in the final - finishing third in the poll with 17.26 percent. Al Nassr's Abdulrahman Al Obaid finished second, with his Matchday One goal against Qatar's Al Sadd receiving 22.48 percent of the votes.
Check out the six goals that made the final once again and the results below. Thank you for voting.