AFC Asian Cup final will be held on Friday, 1st February 2019. Japan will play Qatar. The hosts the United Arab Emirates were hammered 4-0 in the semi-finals by neighbors Qatar. Iran was one of the favorites but the Samurai Blue handed them a painful 3-0 defeat in the semis. The tournament has been entertaining which is important as the region prepare to host FIFA World Cup in 2022. Today, we want to look at the five most valuable Leagues in Asia and Oceania regions.
5. UAE Gulf League- £110.04 Million
Not many would have backed this to be his next destination!
Yohan Cabaye has headed to the UAE Arabian Gulf League.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 3, 2018
United Arab Emirates has become a haven for foreigners in the last few decades. Dubai is an attraction to anybody around the globe. People are streaming there every day to see the desert skyscrapers and malls of the future. The country has seen a massive transformation in the last two decades.
Football has not been left behind because UAE Gulf League is up there with the best in the region. It has a total of 14 clubs and 525 players. Today it is worth £110.04 million.
4. K League 1 (S. Korea) – £120.44 Million
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— K LEAGUE (@kleague) February 7, 2017
South Korea is one of the biggest success stories economically in the World. The country was poorer than many African countries in the early 1960s and 70s but today they are closer to the developed World. Sport benefits when there is enough resources in the country. Football has taken off in style in the country.
K League 1 is the best division in South Korea. It has a total of 12 clubs, 484 players, 8.3% of them foreigners. It is currently worth £120.44 million. We can’t forget they reached World Cup semi-finals in 2002 when they hosted the tournament together with Japan. Top players from the League include Manchester United legend Ji Sung Park and Son of Tottenham Hotspurs.
3. J1 League (Japan) – £312.41 Million
Japanese Football League is one of the most developed in the Asian continent. The division has 18 clubs, 625 players,15% of them foreigners. It is currently worth £312.41 million. This is the League that produced the likes of Shinji Kagawa, Shinji Okazaki, Keisuke Honda and Nagatomo among other great players. Other top players playing in Japan include Andres Iniesta, David Villa, Lukas Podolski among others.