FIFA.com reviews the latest AFC Champions League action on a matchday that proved to be a major triumph for Saudi Arabia representatives as Al Ahli and Al Shabab became the first two clubs into the knockout stage.
FIFA.com chats with former China PR coach Gao Hongbo who is impressing in the Chinese Super League where big-names foreign coaches have become an increasing influence in the world’s most populace nation.
FIFA.com’s weekly look at club action across Asia and Oceania takes in a goal avalanche in Japan, Marcello Lippi’s debut in China PR, a new leader in Korea Republic, plus trophies claimed in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Vanuatu.
Striker Qu Bo, a survivor of China PR's only FIFA World Cup™ appearance nine years ago, is aiming to help the world’s most populous nation to their second bow on the world stage under new coach Antonio Camacho.
Newly-promoted clubs continue to defy the odds in Japan and China PR with Kashiwa Reysol and Guangzhou Yiyao sitting atop their respective leagues, while it’s the opposite story in Korea Republic as familiar names set the pace.
China PR captain Du Wei insists that football in the world's most populous country is on the rise again after a series of disappointing results in recent years.