ASEAN & East Asia Wrap: K League opener nears
Kuala Lumpur: Excitement is building ahead of the return of Korea Republic's K League, with the sides undergoing their final preparations ahead of the big kick-off at the weekend.
Elsewhere, the action in the Chinese Taipei Premier League continues, clubs in Vietnam have returned to training, while home workouts remain the essential way to keep fit in many other countries, so join the-AFC.com as we look back at the highlights from on and off the field in the East and ASEAN Zones.
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Korea Republic: Preparations continue ahead of K League kick off
We're now just days away from the start of the 2020 K League as sides from Korea Republic continue their bids to regain match sharpness ahead of the opening round of fixtures at the weekend.
Defending champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, who open the season with a clash against FA Cup winners Suwon Samsung Bluewings on Friday, posted a 3-1 victory in a warm-up match against Daejeon Citizen at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on Saturday, with Son Jun-ho and Lee Seung-gi both getting on the scoresheet.
Chinese Taipei: Big wins for Taipower and Tatung FC
It was top versus bottom in the Chinese Taipei Premier League on the weekend but there was to be no fairytale outcome as leaders Taipower knocked Red Lions 6-1 to maintain their perfect record after four matches.
Hang Yuan FC remain second after a much slimmer margin of victory, as they defeated Ming Chuan University 1-0, to keep the gap between themselves and the front-runners at just two points.
Holders Tatung FC bounced back from dropping points on Matchday Three to enjoy a big win of their own as they defeated TSU FC 5-1, while pre-season dark horses Tainan City suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Taichung Futuro.
China PR: Guangzhou Evergrande step up pre-season preparations
Although there is still no date set for the start of the 2020 Chinese Super League, defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande played a closed doors friendly on Saturday, defeating China League One side Meizhou Hakka 5-0.
Elkeson, Ricardo Goulart and Wei Shihao were among the scorers as was acaemy graduate Permanjan Kiyum, who netted a brace.
Vietnam: Precautions aplenty as clubs return to training
In more positive news, the V.League sides are back in training but it's safety first as 2020 AFC Cup participants Ho Chi Minh City FC displayed on their Instagram page.
Arriving staff are all temperature checked while each player has their specially designated water bottles. Let's hope to see competitive action return to the country sometime in the not too distant future.
Japan: Chin-up challenge with Makino
Colourful Urawa Red Diamonds defender Tomoaki Makino released a new video on his Instagram over the weekend entitled "Chining Challenge" that sees the Reds star perform a series of chin-ups with a call to his followers to do likewise.
He's already inspired another fellow J-League star with former England and current Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo striker Jay Bothroyd commenting on the post: "I'm gonna do your challenge."
Indonesia: Bali United players stay active at home
With social distancing measures still in place in Indonesia, Bali United players have been carrying out their routines at home, with some inviting their better halves to join in, too.
Dutch midfielder Melvin Platje, sporting a brand new shaven look, looks like he's lost none of his fitness.
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Philippines: Marañon gives back
The AFC Cup's all-time leading goalscorer Bienvenido Marañon of Filipino club Ceres Negros showed he's a class act off the field as well by supporting families of more than 40 members of local club Boracay FC.
“We heal as one”— Bienve Marañon (@Bienvecadiz86) May 3, 2020
You guys made my day, I just want to contribute and help in these hard times and also continue inspiring you playing football, because in the future you guys will be the men who be on my spot and that will be your time to help. 💛Bienve Marañon. pic.twitter.com/1vuvvfe8HD
Malaysia: The Santos Family got moves!
Johor Darul Ta'zim defender Mauricio Santos took to his Instagram to show off his dance skills and he was joined by some of the younger members of his family.
Nice work, guys!
Photos: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, Guangzhou Evergrande
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