FIFA.com reviews the recently completed Uzbekistan season as former kings Pakhtakor broke Bunyodkor’s stranglehold on the domestic scene to once again be crowned champions.
The AFC Champions League is set to embark on the semi-final stage, with two tasty clashes in a Saudi city derby and two sides angling to reach their maiden final. FIFA.com previews all the action.
The AFC Champions League quarter-finals conclude this week with three Saudi Arabia clubs in the hunt to advance but facing strong opposition from China PR, Korea Republic and Iran representatives.
Adelaide United slipped to a 1-0 AFC Champions League loss at Pohang Steelers, while former winners Gamba Osaka picked up their first win of the campaign, and Central Coast Mariners were forced to settle for a draw again.
No fewer than ten teams secured passage to the knockout stage of the AFC Champions League on the penultimate matchday, with clubs from Japan and Korea Republic continuing to dominate on the eastern side of the continent.
With 28 wins out of a total of 30 games in an undefeated campaign, big-spending Uzbekistan champions Bunyodkor enjoyed a near-perfect season.