Makino: I will always love Urawa, but my focus now is on Vissel Kobe
Kobe: After 10 trophy-laden years at Urawa Red Diamonds, the familiar figure of Tomoaki Makino will no longer be wearing the famous red shirt of the Saitama side after joining Vissel Kobe ahead of the 2022 J1 League season.
The charismatic Samurai Blue defender joined the-AFC.com for an exclusive interview to discuss his move to Vissel Kobe, the J1 League and AFC Champions League play-off match against Melbourne Victory, as well as Wednesday’s emotional return to Saitama Stadium when his new side face Urawa.
Kaya’s Bedic targeting AFC Champions League group stage
Iloilo: Kaya FC-Iloilo captain Jovin Bedic believes the Filipino side can repeat the feat of last year and secure their place in the group stage of the 2022 AFC Champions League.
The Southeast Asians overcame China PR's Shanghai Port in 2021 to advance to the continental competition for the first time, and they face arguably an even tougher task this time with two qualification rounds to navigate.
Central and South Asian Wrap: Machhindra secure title, Esteghlal continue relentless run
Bishkek: Nepal’s title race was decided, while the action is reaching the business end in the league seasons in Islamic Republic of Iran and India as Central and South Asian football continued this week.
Elsewhere, the semi-finalists are in place in Tajikistan’s FFT Cup, while there are plenty of early contenders putting their hands up in the Bangladesh Premier League.
Join the-AFC.com for all the key news and results from Khatlon Region to Katmandu.
East Asia & ASEAN Wrap: Winning starts for Kawasaki, Jeonbuk
Hong Kong: The 2022 league seasons in Japan and Korea Republic got underway over the weekend, with defending champions Kawasaki Frontale and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors each picking up three points in winning starts.
Western United won to stay on top in Australia, while Buriram United are surging away in Thailand and there was more drama in Indonesia, where five sides remain in the hunt for the title.
Lion City Sailors claimed the Singapore Community Shield and, after several weeks without games, Macau’s Liga de Elite also resumed, so join the-AFC.com as we review the latest rounds of fixtures from across East Asia and ASEAN.