Year in AFC review: January to April

Exclusive interviews, features and coverage of the key moments and matches, join as we recap January to April, 2020


The year opened with all eyes on the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 and it's here that we begin our review of some of the year's best content on


Exclusive: In-depth interview with former Porto and Serbia legend Ljubinko Drulovic, who was Uzbekistan's head coach at the U23 competition.

Champions Crowned: Jeong Tae-wook header seals Korea Republic title

Most Popular: Fans voted in their tens of thousands for their favourite strike from the AFC U23 Championship. Watch them again and pick your best.


In February, both the 2020 AFC Champions League and 2020 AFC Cup got underway and was in the thick of the action.

Respect: Pakhtakor’s stars thank their fans after beating Shahr Khodro FC on Matchday Two. 

Exclusive: The man affectionately known as 'Big E' spoke to about the importance of the AFC Cup, coaching influences, a former roommate turned opponent and man buns.

Most Popular: Nearly 140,000 fans came together to vote for their AFC Champions League Club of the Decade. Who won? Click to find out.


In March, the AFC began our #BreakTheChain public awareness campaign on the COVID-19 epidemic to promote the guidelines and best practices put in place by the World Health Organization (WHO).


Exclusive: A prolific goal scorer, a national team leader and the star signing at one of the world’s biggest clubs, Sam Kerr joined for a chat during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Qualifiers.

Most Popular: Over 3 million fans voted to name IR Iran's AFC Champions League legend. Who did they pick?


The #BreakTheChain campaign continued to gather overwhelming support from close to 100 players and officials, while there was also a chance to take a look back at Asian football's rich history with exclusive features on the Asian Club Championships of Taj Tehran (1970) and Al Hilal (2000).

Meanwhile, despite the COVID-19 pandemic that wrecked havoc with the game globally, football returned to East Asia with the 2020 season kick off of the Chinese Taipei Premier League.

Ali Jabbari

Exclusive: 50 Years On: Moeini and Jabbari on Taj Tehran's 1970 Asian Club Championship

Feature: Football in the time of COVID-19: Chinese Taipei

Most Popular: More than 4 million fans engaged with our 5 Of The Best: Long Range Goals series. Which was named the The Best?

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