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Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week


Kuala Lumpur: With club football back in full swing around the globe, Asia’s overseas stars produced another week of standout performances at both ends of the pitch.

From Germany to Greece and Croatia to Canada, we’ve identified 10 players based in eight different countries in our weekly list of Asia’s finest exports. Which one will receive your vote as AFC International Player of the Week?

Here are our contenders from October 13 to 20:

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Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur, Korea Republic)
82 minutes, 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 secondary assist (3-3 v West Ham United)

A regular fixture in this poll, the Korean superstar took his tally to eight goals in his last five appearances in a dizzying opening spell against West Ham on Sunday.

Son scored with a lovely strike within 45 seconds, then played a role in both of Harry Kane’s goals, only for Tottenham to eventually squander their lead in a dramatic 3-3 draw.


Kento Hashimoto (FC Rostov, Japan)
90 minutes, 1 goal, 6 shots (3-0 v Akhmat Grozny)

Another player on a terrific scoring run is FC Rostov’s Japanese midfielder Kento Hashimoto, who continued his fine first season in the Russian Premier League with another goal in a 3-0 win over Akhmat.

The goal was Hashimoto’s fifth in nine matches since arriving from FC Tokyo in July, putting him fourth on the league scoring charts with more than a third of the season completed.


Caitlin Foord (Arsenal, Australia)
90 minutes, 2 goals, 1 assist, 88% pass accuracy (6-1 v Tottenham Hotspur)

Most of the day’s headlines went to Arsenal’s record-breaking Dutch striker Vivianne Miedema, but equally as effective was her Australian teammate Caitlin Foord, who played a starring role in the FA Women’s Super League’s North London derby.

The Matildas star scored twice and unselfishly passed up another golden chance in order to supply Miedema, with Foord’s blistering run of form producing four goals and three assists in her last four outings.


Maya Yoshida (Sampdoria, Japan)
90 minutes, 93% pass accuracy, 8 interceptions (3-0 v Lazio)

Several Asian players were among the goals over the last week, but one of the continent’s standout defensive displays came from Japan captain Maya Yoshida.

Fresh from back to back clean sheets for the national team in the previous week, the 32-year-old turned in a rock-solid performance for Sampdoria, earning praise from the Italian press as his side made light work of UEFA Champions League-bound Lazio.


Karim Ansarifard (AEK Athens, IR Iran)
59 minutes, 1 goal, 2 successful dribbles (1-1 v PAOK)

He’s only been at the club for a matter of months, but Karim Ansarifard is quickly earning a reputation as a player for the big occasion at AEK Athens.

Two weeks after scoring the goal that propelled the Greek outfit to the UEFA Europa League group stage, the Iranian opened the scoring against fierce rivals PAOK with a clinical finish in the 23rd minute.


Ali Adnan (Vancouver Whitecaps, Iraq)
90 minutes, 23 duels won, 100% aerial duels won, 5 interceptions (2-1 v LAFC)
82 minutes, 43 passes completed, 88% pass accuracy (0-1 v LA Galaxy)

Featured in this poll three weeks ago, the Iraqi star returns after an impressive pair of performances for Vancouver Whitecaps.

The former Atalanta man was effective in both with and without the ball for the Canadian side, earning selection on Major League Soccer’s Team of the Week thanks to an excellent display against Los Angeles FC, in which he won 23 of 33 duels.


Saeid Ezatolahi (Vejle, IR Iran)
90 minutes, 1 goal, 49 passes completed, 17 duels won (3-2 v Lyngby)

Earning his first International Player of the Week nomination, and celebrating his first goal in Danish football, is Saeid Ezatolahi, who scored as part of an impressive all-around performance for Vejle Boldklub.

The Iranian international found the net at a crucial stage of the match, equalising just before half-time before helping the Superliga newcomers maintain their strong start to life in the top flight with a 3-2 win.


Emily van Egmond (West Ham United, Australia)
90 minutes, 1 goal, 37 passes completed (2-4 v Manchester United)

Another player scoring their first goal at a new club was Australian women’s national team midfielder Emily van Egmond, who found the net against a star-studded Manchester United on Sunday.

The 27-year-old opened her FA Women’s Super League account with a towering header which complemented a strong midfield display but couldn’t prevent West Ham from suffering a 4-2 defeat.


Jiloan Hamad (HNK Gorica, Iraq)
82 minutes, 1 goal, 88% pass accuracy (2-3 v Dinamo Zagreb)

He may not have ended up on the winning team, but Jiloan Hamad turned in an impressive individual performance in Saturday’s clash between the top two clubs in Croatia.

The Iraqi international scored with a superb strike with the outside of his right foot – his third goal in as many matches in all competitions – levelling the score shortly after half-time in a match his side ultimately lost 3-2.


Ritsu Doan (Arminia Bielefeld, Japan)
90 minutes, 1 goal, 18 duels won (1-4 v Bayern Munich)

Rounding out our list of nominees is Japan’s Ritsu Doan, who scored his maiden goal in Germany’s Bundesliga against none other than European champions Bayern Munich on Saturday.

With the game all but over by half-time, It was far from a day to remember for Doan’s Arminia Bielefeld side, but the 2016 AFC Young Player of the Year showed his class with a terrific effort, tricking his way past World Cup-winner Benjamin Pavard before picking out the bottom corner of the net.


Poll ends at 16:00 (UTC +8) on October 24.

Photos: AFP

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