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Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC, Newcastle Jets closer to learning ACL fates

Melbourne Victory's opening AFC Champions League opponents will be first-timers Daegu FC after the South Koreans claimed their first trophy this week -- the FA Cup.

Daegu FC defeated Ulsan Hyundai 5-1 on aggregate to claim the final direct qualification place on offer to next year's continental championships.

It spares Kevin Muscat's side the prospect of facing Ulsan, who knocked them out of this year's tournament with a humiliating 6-2 defeat in South Korea.

Both Victory and Sydney FC, Australia's...

Jose Mourinho's long-time No. 2 Jose Morais to take charge of Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors

Jose Mourinho and Jose Morais
Jose Morais, right, will take control of Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors next season.

Jose Morais will take over as head coach at Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors after long-serving incumbent Choi Kang-hee departs at the end of the season, the K-League champions said.

Morais, who has worked under Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho during spells at Benfica, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea, will become the club's first foreign coach.

"Given his wealth of experience in European football, we felt Morais was the perfect coach for our club's philosophy," Jeonbuk were quoted as saying by...

Sydney FC bullish about Champions League hopes: 'It is competition that we intend to win'

Adam Le Fondre hit home two goals for Sydney FC on route to a 3-0 win over Melbourne City.

KUALA LUMPUR -- Sydney FC are sounding a confident note despite being grouped with the top teams in China and Japan in the 2019 AFC Champions League.

The A-League title-holders were given a tough draw on Thursday evening at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur.

If taking on Kawasaki Frontale was not enough, the Sky Blues will have to deal with star-studded Shanghai SIPG in Group H and possibly South Korean opposition.

"We are the Australian champions and we expect to win every game that we play," said Sydney...