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Footballer Kwak Tae-hwi switches clubs in Saudi Arabia

SEOUL, Dec. 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korean footballer Kwak Tae-hwi has switched teams in Saudi Arabia. Al-Hilal in the top-flight Saudi Professional League announced on its website that it acquired the 32-year-old defensive back from the rival club Al-Shabab. Kwak signed for 18 months, Al-Hilal added. Kwak first went to Saudi Arabia with Al-Shabab in January this year, for his second stint in an overseas league after playing for Kyoto Sanga in Japan in 2010. Al-Hilal is ranked second among 14 clubs in the ongoing season, one spot ahead of Al-Shabab.

2014 AFC Champions League group stage draw

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Following is the group stage draw for the 2014 Asian Champions League made here on Tuesday: West Group A Esteghlal, Iran Al Rayyan, Qatar Al Jazira, United Arab Emirates Al Shabab, Saudi Arabia Group B Al Fateh, Saudi Arabia Foolad Khuzestan, Iran Winners of West playoff series one Bunyodkor, Uzbekistan Group C Al Ain, United Arab Emirates Al Ittihad, Saudi Arabia Tractorsazi Tabriz, Iran Winners of West playoff series two Group D Al Sadd, Qatar

Football: China seek AFC bounce for Asian Cup

China will hope to ride a wave of optimism after Guangzhou Evergrande's breakthrough AFC Champions League win as they head into two make-or-break Asian Cup qualifiers on Friday. Chinese football received a long-awaited boost last week when Marcello Lippi's expensively assembled side edged FC Seoul to the country's first Asian title in 23 years. Now the often-criticised national team will take centre-stage at Xian's Shanxi Stadium as they face Indonesia and then Saudi Arabia on Friday and Tuesday.

FC Seoul reaches semifinals at AFC Champions League

SEOUL, Sept. 17 (Yonhap) -- FC Seoul advanced to the semifinals at the AFC Champions League Wednesday with a 1-0 victory over Al Ahli of Saudi Arabia. At Seoul World Cup Stadium, Dejan Damjanovic scored the winner for FC Seoul in the 89th minute in the second leg of the quarterfinals at the top Asian club football competition. The South Korean club reached the final four on the aggregate score of 2-1 after two meetings. FC Seoul and Al Ahli had played to a 1-1 draw in Saudi Arabia last month.

FC Seoul, Al Ahli draw 1-1 in AFC Champions League quarters

SEOUL, Aug. 22 (Yonhap) -- FC Seoul played to a 1-1 draw on the road Wednesday against Al Ahli of Saudi Arabia in the first leg of their quarterfinals at the AFC Champions League. Striker Dejan Damjanovic gave the reigning K League Classic champion the lead after 10 minutes at King Abdulaziz Sport City Stadium, but Sultan Al-Sawadi tied the score in the 80th minute to salvage a draw for the Saudi Professional League club. The two teams will play their second leg at Seoul World Cup Stadium on Sept. 18. The aggregate score will determine the winner.

FC Seoul travels to Saudi Arabia for Asian Champions League quarters

SEOUL, Aug. 19 (Yonhap) -- FC Seoul is set to open the quarterfinals of the AFC Champions League on the road against a Saudi Arabian opponent this week, looking to stay alive as the only South Korean side in the top club competition in Asia. FC Seoul of the K League Classic and Al Ahli of the Saudi Professional League will play the opening match of their two-leg quarterfinals at King Abdulaziz Sport City Stadium at 9 p.m. on Wednesday (local time) and 3 a.m. on Thursday (Korean time).

Football: AFC Champions League results - collated

Collated AFC Champions League round of 16, second leg results on Tuesday: At Seoul FC Seoul (KOR) 3 (Adilson 61, Yun Il-Lok 70, Koh Myong-Jin 90+4) Beijing Guoan (CHN) 1 (Freddie Kanoute 8) FC Seoul win 3-1 on aggregate At Tashkent Bunyodkor (UZB) 0 Buriram United (THA) 0 Buriram win 2-1 on aggregate At Sharayea Al Ahli (KSA) 2 (Bruno Cesar 25, Mustafa al Bassass 38) El Jaish (QAT) 0 Al Ahli win 3-1 on aggregate At Riyadh Al Shabab (KSA) 3 (S.Tagliabue 34, 47, Nasser al Shamrani 90) Al Gharafa (QAT) 0

Al Salem brace helps Saudi Arabia rally to beat Indonesia

(Reuters) - Yousef Al Salem's twin headers helped Saudi Arabia recover from a goal down to beat hosts Indonesia 2-1 in an Asian Cup qualifier on Saturday. Saudi Arabia, who beat China in their opening match of the campaign, opened up a three-point cushion at the top of Group C. The top two teams from each of the five qualifying groups and the best third-placed team will join defending champions Japan, hosts Australia, South Korea and North Korea in March 2015 for the next edition of the tournament.
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