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Year in review: September to December

Kuala Lumpur: As a difficult and challenging 2020 comes to a close, we review some of the best content from the-AFC.com that has entertained and engaged Asian football fans over the year.

Exclusive interviews, features and coverage of the key moments and matches, join the-AFC.com as we recap September to December, 2020

Check out our first part of the mini-series as we reviewed January to April, 2020.

Revisit what happened on the-AFC.com from May to August, 2020

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September brought with it the much anticipated return of Asia's premier club competition, the AFC Champions League. The 2020 edition resumed with the teams from the West Zone playing out the remaining fixtures in a centralised format in Qatar.

Exclusive: Lili Iskandar, the face of a talented new generation of Lebanese women, discussed the long road from Zgharta to international stardom

Feature: The last of our AFC Champions League Best XI series for the year was announced with the fan-selected starting line-up from the 2019 edition

Most Popular: The AFC Asian Cup Greatest Goals Bracket Challenge reached new heights when over 1 million fans engaged with the all-ASEAN semi-final. Who came out on top?

Video: Ahead of the return of the 2020 AFC Champions League, we spotlighted some of the competition's previous winners

Tribute: AFC Champions League winners


The AFC Champions League (WEST) concluded with IR Iran's Persepolis FC defeating Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr in the semi-final on October 3 and much of the attention for the remainder of the month turned towards the return of the East.

In addition there was a focus on the upcoming Indian Super League season and an AFC Cup Bracket Challenge that captured the imagination and support across Asia.

Exclusive: 2010 AFC Champions League MVP and winning captain Sasa Ognenovski recalled a day of redemption for himself and Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma

Feature: We met the Women’s Super League veteran and Irish international Sophie Perry, who sought to encourage a love of football in her students in Thailand and, in the process, rediscovered her own.

Most Popular: With the impending return of the Indian Super League, we turned to Asia's fans to ask for the most popular club from India. The winner may surprise you.

Video: We kicked off what was to prove a hugely popular 32-goal AFC Cup Bracket Challenge that would go on to make national headlines throughout Asia


The 2020 AFC Champions League (EAST) returned to great acclaim and, once more, the-AFC.com led the way in the best coverage of the competition with exclusives, features and interviews.

Exclusive: The AFC Champions League second highest all-time goalscorer Dejan Damjanovic joined us to highlight some of the key men to watch at 2020 AFC Champions League (EAST)

Feature: The winner was announced of the AFC Cup Bracket Challenge. Click to find out who was crowned the best!

Most Popular: Over 1 million fans voted to name IR Iran's Most Popular Club Who did they pick?

Video: Featuring Asian football expert Rhysh Roshan Rai, we previewed the resumption of the 2020 AFC Champions League (EAST)

2020 AFC Champions League (East): Preview


The year signed off in the best way possible with a new champion of Asia crowned as Ulsan Hyundai lifted their second AFC Champions League title, defeating IR Iran's Persepolis in the final on December 19.

Exclusive: The story of IR Iran's last Asian club champions: PAS Tehran

Champions Crowned: Junior Negrao brace seals AFC Champions League title for Ulsan Hyundai

Most Popular: The search for the most popular football club reached it's grand finale. Who will be named number one?

Video: The 2020 AFC Champions League - Final: Review

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