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Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week!


Kuala Lumpur: After a lengthy international break, Asia’s leading legionnaires returned to their respective clubs, and wasted little time making an impact.

Based from Brighton to Bulgaria, we’ve identified 10 of the continent’s top performers on the global stage over the last seven days, but who deserves the title of AFC International Player of the Week?

Here are our contenders from November 18 to 24:

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Junya Ito (KRC Genk, Japan)
86 minutes, 1 goal, 2 assists, 85% forward pass accuracy (4-1 v Mouscron)

This week’s list of nominees begins with an outstanding individual performance from Genk’s in-form Japanese winger, who scored a superb solo goal and set up two others to help his side cruise to an excellent win in Belgium.


Mehdi Taremi (FC Porto, IR Iran)
82 minutes, 1 goal, 2 shot assists (2-0 v Fabril Barreiro)

Another expert finish made it goals in consecutive matches for the Team Melli striker, who lasered the ball into the net on the half volley to further establish himself in the Porto line-up, and help Sérgio Conceição’s side advance in Portuguese Cup.


Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur, Korea Republic)
90 minutes, 1 goal, 9 duels won (2-0 v Manchester City)

Son’s sensational season continues, with the Korean star following his Premier League Player of the Month award with a crucial goal against Manchester City, as Tottenham put on a Mourinho masterclass against Pep Guardiola’s side.


Mat Ryan (Brighton and Hove Albion, Australia)
90 minutes, 5 saves, 90% pass accuracy (2-1 v Aston Villa)

Staying in the Premier League, where Australian national team goalkeeper Mat Ryan was at his acrobatic best in Brighton’s win at Villa Park. Ryan was particularly busy in the first half, saving with both hands and feet to help his side claim three important points.


Takehiro Tomiyasu (Bologna, Japan)
90 minutes, 89% pass accuracy, 21 duels won, 8 interceptions (2-1 v Sampdoria)

Coming up against a Sampdoria side featuring national team defensive partner Maya Yoshida, rising Japanese star Tomiyasu turned in another outstanding display in Italy’s Serie A, where his reputation grows in stature by the week.


Parvizjon Umarboev (Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Tajikistan)
74 minutes, 1 assist, 89% pass accuracy, 8 duels won (1-1 v CSKA Sofia)

The first player from Tajikistan to earn an AFC International Player of the Week nomination, Khujand-born Umbarboev has enjoyed a highly successful few years in Bulgaria. He was in peak form against CSKA Sofia on Sunday, barely putting a foot wrong as his side earned a 1-1 draw.


Caitlin Foord (Arsenal, Australia)
90 minutes, 1 goal, 11 duels won (2-2* v Tottenham Hotspur)

The Australian women’s national team star continues to take to the English game like a duck to water, adding another goal to her increasingly impressive record in Arsenal’s Women’s League Cup clash against their North London rivals, which they eventually won on penalties.


Osama Rashid (Santa Clara, Iraq)
83 minutes, 4 shot assists, 5 interceptions (3-1 v Beira-Mar)

Featured in this poll earlier in the season, Iraq’s Osama Rashid returns for his part in Santa Clara’s confident Portuguese Cup dismissal of Beira Mar; a match where Rashid was a regular source of danger, providing four shot assists for his teammates.


Jiloan Hamad (HNK Gorica, Iraq)
62 minutes, 89% pass accuracy, 7 interceptions (3-1 v Sibenik)
64 minutes, 28 passes completed, 1 shot assist (1-0 v NK Varaždin)

The second of two Iraqi nominees, Jiloan Hamad continued his impressive form with two solid performances in the space of 72 hours for Croatian club Gorica, who remain four points from the league summit with a game in hand.


Karim Ansarifard (AEK Athens, IR Iran)
21 minutes, 1 goal, 1 shot (4-1 v Larissa)

AEK’s Mr. Efficiency continues to turn minimal minutes into maximum impact, hammering the ball into the back of the net just 10 minutes being introduced as a substitue in the Greek Super League. Unfortunately the Iranian forward left the pitch early through injury, putting him in doubt for Thursday’s UEFA Europa League clash with Allahyar Sayyadmanesh’s Zorya Luhansk.


*Polls end on November 28, 16:00 (UTC+8)

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