Five Takeaways from the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar Matchday Two
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar continued on Tuesday with six matches across the two groups to conclude the first window of games and there was plenty of action to dissect.
Islamic Republic of Iran go into the next window in October as Group A leaders, two points ahead of Korea Republic, while it is neck and neck in Group B with both Australia and Saudi Arabia getting off to a perfect start to lead with six points each. the-AFC.com reflects on some of the key takeaways from Tuesday’s action.
Who’s in, who’s out: AFC Champions League Round of 16 East squads revealed
Kuala Lumpur: Asia’s top clubs are just days away from make-or-break AFC Champions League Round of 16 clashes, but with more than two months passing since the East Zone group stage was completed, next week’s blockbusters will not be without some new faces.
As the countdown to the knockout stage reaches its final days, the-AFC.com takes through who has arrived, who has departed and what it all means ahead of some of the biggest matches on the Asian football calendar
Who’s in, who’s out: AFC Champions League Round of 16 West squads revealed
Kuala Lumpur: It has been a rollercoaster of a summer transfer window in West Asia with most clubs making wholesale changes to their squads after the end of the 2021 AFC Champions League group stage.
As the countdown to the knockout stage reaches its final days, the-AFC.com takes you through who has arrived, who has departed and what it all means ahead of some of the biggest matches on the Asian football calendar.
Pohang’s Shin targeting ‘at least’ AFC Champions League semi-finals ahead of Cerezo clash
Osaka: Three-time continental champions Pohang Steelers of Korea Republic are aiming to reach the AFC Champions League quarter-finals for the third time when they face Japan’s Cerezo Osaka in the Round of 16. A man who will play a pivotal role in Wednesday’s tie, Pohang midfielder Shin Jin-ho, is in confident mood.
Having captained Ulsan Hyundai to the title in last year’s edition, Shin now finds himself at the Horangi’s regional rivals Pohang but after progressing to the knockout stages of the 2021 AFC Champions League he is once again in familiar territory.
The-AFC.com caught up exclusively with the 33-year-old ahead of the match with Cerezo to discuss his experience of the 2021 edition so far, their Round of 16 opponents and his goals for the tournament.
Sharjah's Caio brimming with confidence as AFC Champions League showdown with Al Wahda looms
Sharjah: One of the most experienced players in the AFC Champions League, Caio Lucas is confident he can help Sharjah FC reach the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time in 17 years.
Born in Sao Paulo, the winger more commonly known as Caio, arrived in Japan as a teenager and played his entire professional career in Asia, with the exception of a short spell with Portuguese giants Benfica in 2019.
BG Pathum's Cardozo relishing Gustavo challenge in AFC Champions League tie with Jeonbuk
Bangkok: BG Pathum United defender Victor Cardozo has admitted that he can't wait to go up against fellow Brazilian and 2021 AFC Champions League Golden Boot contender Gustavo as the Thai side prepare to face Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the Round of 16 on Wednesday.
Centre-back Cardozo was a key component of a BG Pathum side that reached the knockout rounds of the continental competition in what is their debut campaign as the Thai champions won four from six matches in Group F to advance as one of the three best runners-up.
Next up Aurelio Vidmar's men face a daunting trip to Korea Republic to take on a formidable opponent in Jeonbuk, with Cardozo likely to be tasked with keeping seven-goal Gustavo – who has more goals than any other player still in the tournament – quiet.