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Stars to watch in the Asian Champions League (East)

Ahead of the ACL East Region ties being held in the Qatari capital of Doha, the AFC official website has highlighted some players who are expected to impress.

Stars to watch in the Asian Champions League (East)
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The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has highlighted the names of some players who are known for their quality and entertaining performance ahead of the competition that commenced today in Doha.

Andres Iniesta

The Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta who currently plays for Japanese Vissel Kobe without any doubt came out on top of the list. Despite losing part of his physical fitness, the 36-year-old midfielder can still make up for that with his magnificent vision and brilliant passes as he is considered one of the best midfielders in the history of the game.

The maestro's impact has already been clear during his team's first two fixtures of the competition as he created nine chances and provided two assists.

Theerathon Bunmathan

The Yokohama F. Marinos left-back has been one of the team's most important players since joining the club last year. Bunmathan played an important role in his team's 2019 J.League title-winning season.

He is known for his technical abilities, pace, and the rockets he launches whenever his team wins a free-kick from shooting range as he is considered the squad's set-piece expert.

Oscar

Getting ready to make his fourth ACL appearance, the ex-Chelsea star has always been known for his agility, great dribbling skills, quality, and exquisite first touch.

Oscar, who won two premier league titles with The Blues, has always had great stats with SIPG due to his ability to create chances and his famous long-range shots that have helped him to score brilliant goals on several occasions.

Son Jun-ho

The 28-year-old has been impressing since his move from Pohang Steelers to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motor, which took his career to a whole new level -- to such an extent that made K League legend Dejan Damjanovic say he was the reason Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors pipped Ulsan Hyundai to the post to claim yet another title.

Bruno Fornaroli:

Perth Glory Uruguayan frontman has been widely known for his scoring abilities since joining Melbourne City as he managed to win the golden boot in his first season notching up 46 goals in 70 A-league appearances before he got into trouble with the club's management, which kept him on the sidelines for some time.

Fornaroli then moved to Perth Glory in 2019 and it didn't take him too long to return to his old form as he is currently his team's top scorer.