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.
Al Hilal have fitness worries over the influential Yasser Al Qahtini and Khalid Al Kaabi ahead of their quarter-final first leg with Ulsan Hyundai.
Qatar snatched a draw in Iran and a place in the final phase of Asian Zone qualifying at the expense of Bahrain, while Oman went through thanks to Saudi Arabia’s collapse in Australia and Korea Republic and Lebanon completed the last ten.
Eight Asian teams remain in contention for four remaining berths to Round Four of Brazil 2014 qualifying and some veteran goalscorers are aiming to rise to the occasion.
Al Ain's Romanian coach Cosmin Olaroiu speaks to FIFA.com about reviving the fortunes of this fallen giant in United Arab Emirates and the continental arena.
As FIFA.com looks towards some of the week's birthdays in football, three international tournament-winning talisman in Bobby Charlton, Didier Deschamps and Antonios Nikopolidis will all be celebrating.