Monthly archive - February 2013

Al Ain off the mark in style

Al Ain off the mark in style

Inaugural winners and UAE Pro League champions Al Ain marked their return to the AFC Champions League with an impressive 3-1 comeback win over fellow former continental champions Al Hilal on Wednesday.

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Asians Abroad – February 23-25

Asians Abroad - February 23-25

By Paul Williams and Anthony Yacoub

As more leagues return from their winter breaks it means more game time for Asian players across Europe, and the weekend also saw Ji Dong-won score his first goal since joining Augsburg in January.

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Suwon aim to soar to the next level

Suwon aim to soar to the next level

Korea Republic’s Suwon Bluewings return to the AFC Champions League on Wednesday against A-League leaders Central Coast Mariners with new coach Seo Jung-won promising attractive football as the K-League side begin their pursuit of a third continental title.

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Guangzhou and Urawa to kick off ACL in style

Guangzhou and Urawa to kick off ACL in style

Former champions Urawa Reds return to the AFC Champions League after a break of four years on Tuesday with the J.League side taking on Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande in a highly-anticipated Group F opener at Tianhe Sport Center.

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Yang backs Jiangsu ahead of maiden ACL adventure

Yang backs Jiangsu ahead of maiden ACL adventure

Assistant coach Yang Chen has backed Dragan Okuka and his Jiangsu Sainty side to make a major impression as the Chinese Super League runners-up prepare for their first-ever foray into the AFC Champions League.

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Thai Talk

Thai Talk

By Matt Riley

With the start of the Thai season almost upon us, there is plenty making news as teams prepare for the season ahead with last minute signings, while others prepare for the future with bold plans of new stadiums.

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Abe out to evoke memories of 2007

Abe out to evoke memories of 2007

With Urawa Reds’ 2007 triumph still fresh in his memory, midfielder Yuki Abe is determined to recreate that success this year as the J.League side prepares to return to the AFC Champions League next week against Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande.

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Nekounam dreaming of ACL success

Nekounam dreaming of ACL success

Having fulfilled a childhood dream by joining Esteghlal last year, Iran captain Javad Nekounam is now eyeing AFC Champions League success under former national team coach Amir Ghalenoei with the two-time continental champions.

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Chinese Whispers

Chinese Whispers

By Christopher Atkins

After an extended Chinese New Year break, the Chinese Whispers column is back with a look at the latest stories from football in the Middle Kingdom.

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EXCLUSIVE: Winnie opens up (Part 2)

EXCLUSIVE: Winnie opens up (Part 2)

By Matt Riley

In the second part of our interview with Thai National Coach Winnie Schaefer, he talks about his experiences so far in Thailand

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