Goal.com's Asian Best XI for May: Navidkia, Kagawa & Zhang Linpeng make the list

Goal.com casts a studious eye over the best performers from the world's biggest continent this month
Goal.com has revamped the Asian Player and Team of the Month feature, giving you, the readers, an opportunity to express your opinion. Thanks to our worldwide team, we were able to put together a squad of the best Asian footballers throughout May in a 4-4-2 formation.

However, to assert who is the best Asian player for the month, we are calling on you, our loyal readers, to join in the poll and vote

Asian Best XI for May

Formation: 4-4-2

Goalkeeper - Khairul Fahmi Che Mat      


The 23-year-old Malaysia international has been virtually impenetrable for Kelantan this season, conceding the least goals in the league thus far to put the Red Warriors within sight of the summit of the Malaysian Super League. They trail Lions XII by six points with five games in hand. He pulled a couple of acrobatic saves against the league leaders and helped his side register a 3-0 victory to gain a strong foothold in the title race. Not only has he played a key role in ensuring a cleansheet in the three matches Kelantan featured in the last month but has often launched quick counterattacks which has led to crucial goals been scored.

Right-back - Zhang Linpeng

Guangzhou Evergrande

The 23-year-old, who has been likened to Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos by none other than Italy’s World Cup winning manager Marcelo Lippi, has had an eventful month for Chinese Super League leaders Guangzhou Evergrande. He scored a brilliant goal against Shandong Luneng and followed it up with a top performance against FC Tokyo in the AFC Champions League round of 16 to help his side into the quarterfinals.

Centre-half - Youssef Mohamad

Al Ahli

The Lebanese centre-back saved his best against Al Shabab to lead his side to their first ever triumph in the Etisalat Cup last month. Al Ahli defended stoutly against a barrage of rival attacks and kept the scoreline to 1-1 at the end of 120 minutes and Mohamad was at the heart of it all. He also held his nerve to score the winning penalty to win the game 6-4. Not only can he defend but he also possesses the ability to score at the other end as he displayed against Baniyas and Al Wasl last month.

Centre-half - Mohsen Bengar


As much as he can defend and mop up the attacks of the opposition, he puts his height to good use and score from corner-kicks. He scored the second goal in his side’s 2-0 victory over Esteghlal in the round of 16 of the AFC Champions League. He was a rock at the back for Sepahan as they won a hat-trick of Iranian league titles. He is valued around $8m, which is a record in Iran for a centre-back, as he quit Sepahan after eight successful years to join Persepolis for the coming season.

Left-back - Chonlatit Jantakam

Chonburi FC

Jantakam is a versatile defender who can be very dangerous when deployed in the full-back positions. His forward runs and crosses always cause crucial problems for opponent's backline. He played an important role in aiding his side top group G in the AFC Cup while his stand out performance came in the Province Derby with Pattaya United which Chonburi won 2-1.

Right midfield - Ahmed Al Fraidi

Al Hilal

Al-Fraidi can dictate play at will and he showcased it against UAE’s Baniyas in the round of 16 AFC Champions League clash. The Saudi giants belted seven goals and it was the 23-year-old who had four assists to his name as he unlocked Gabriel Calderon’s defence with ease. He also scored against Al Gharafa in the 2-1 victory which helped them to finish on top of group D in the Champions League.

Centre midfield - Moharram Navidkia


Known as one of the best playmakers in Iran about a decade ago, he suffered several injuries that blighted his career. His skill on the ball as he initiated several attacks was the highlight of his season as Sepahan added yet another feather to their cap by winning the league to be the most successful side in the history of Iranian Premier League. No wonder he is the most popular player among the fans and is also the talisman of Sepahan.

Centre midfield - Piao Cheng

Beijing Guaon

The 22-year-old Korean-Chinese player has turned heads with his top displays as an attacking midfielder. He has been recognised as the most exciting local player in the Chinese Super League. The month of May has been quite eventful for Cheng as he scored two important goals for the capital club against Guizhou Renhe and Changchun Yatai to see Beijing Guaon to be on the third spot, just two points behind league leaders Guangzhou Evergrande.

Left midfield - Shinji Kagawa

Borussia Dortmund

The 23-year-old didn’t have a great outing against Freiburg in the final game of the Bundesliga season where apart from one assist, he was largely anonymous. However that changed quickly in the DFB-Pokal final against Bayern Munich as Kagawa scored as early as in the third minute. His brilliant reverse pass into Lewandowski was one of the best pieces seen in the game and would have undoubtedly impressed Sir Alex Ferguson in the stands.

Striker - Yoo Byung-Soo

Al Hilal

The South Korean showed as to why he is known as the ‘Ronaldo of Wolmido’ back in his hometown as he breached the Baniyas defence on four occasions in an AFC Champions League round of 16 match, which was one of the best individual displays at this stage of the competition. His performance has earned him a lot of praise from Saudi fans and no wonder he makes it into our Best XI.

Striker - Naif Hazazi

Al Ittihad

El Saqr (The Falcon) played an important role in sealing a berth in the quarterfinals of the AFC Champions League. He scored from the spot against Persepolis in the round of 16 clash and also found the back of the net against Pakhtakor away from home. The 23-year-old is one of the most in-form strikers in the continent and expect some more top displays from the Saudi Arabia international.

Manager - Mirjalol Qosimov


The 41-year-old Bunyodkor manager guided his side to the summit of the Uzbekistan Professional League and the team has remained unbeaten in the month of May in all competitions. He masterminded his team’s progress into the quarterfinals of the AFC Champions League by beating Seongnam Ilhwa 1-0 in their own backyard, a rare feat in the continental competition one-legged Round of 16.


Goalkeeper Defender

Eugene Galekovic
(Adelaide United)

Osama Al Harbi
(Al Ittihad)

(Persib Bandung)

Marco Bresciano
(Al Nasr)
Midfielder Striker Striker

Kim Jung-Woo
(Jeonbuk Motors)

Karim Ansarifard

Putut Waringin Jati

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