Guangzhou Evergrande players Zheng Zhi, Muriqui and Dario Conca have all been nominated for awards at the AFC player of the year gala.
Following semi-final first leg leads Guangzhou Evergrande and FC Seoul were able to seal their place in the AFC Champions League final, with one of the pair now set to feature at the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup.
Guangzhou Evergrande, Kashiwa Reysol, FC Seoul and Esteghlal are preparing for the first legs of their eagerly awaited AFC Champions League semi-finals. FIFA.com previews the action.
In our weekly birthday review we look at FIFA World Cup™ veterans Ruud Gullit and Leonardo, Bayern Munich's UEFA Champions League pair Javi Martinez and Samuel Kuffour, as well as new Turkey coach Fatih Terim.
The AFC Champions League resumes on Wednesday following a lengthy break with three evenly poised match-ups, while Thai outsiders Buriram United will look to slay another giant in the form of Iranian champs Esteghlal.
With Iran qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Carlos Queiroz's side have propelled themselves up the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking to find themselves among Asia's frontrunners.