Ex-Jazira, Shabab boss Caio Junior dies in plane crash

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Only a handful of the 81 people aboard survived the crash, which occurred as the plane attempted to land in the Colombian city of Medellin.

Chapecoense players Alan Luciano Ruschel, Marcos Danilo Padilha and Jacson Ragnar Follmann were reportedly among the survivors, but most passengers died.

One of those to perish was 51-year-old Caio Junior, who has managed both Al Jazira and more recently Al Shabab in the Arabian Gulf League, as well Al Gharafa in Qatar.

Caio Junior had moved back to his native Brazil with Chapecoense earlier this year after leaving Shabab at the end of the 2015-16 season following a fifth-placed AGL finish.

The Brazilian won the GCC Club Cup with Shabab, the President’s Cup with Al Jazira in 2012 and earlier guided Al Gharafa to the 2009-10 Qatar Stars League title.

During his playing career, Caio Junior plied his trade as a striker in Brazil and Portugal, playing under legendary Brazilian boss Luiz Felipe Scolari, who remained a friend after they worked together.

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IN PICS: Every previous AFC POTY winner from Middle East

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UAE and Al Ain FC star Omar Abdulrahman will be vying for the AFC Player of the Year award on Thursday.

The 2016 AFC Awards are set to be held in Abu Dhabi on December 1 and the 25 year-old has been nominated for the coveted prize alongside Hammadi Ahmed of Iraq and China’s Wu Lei.

Abdulrahman guided Al Ain to the finals of the AFC Champions League where they were beaten 3-2 on aggregate at the hands of Lei’s Jeonbuk FC.

The attacker however, excelled throughout the competition scoring three goals and providing five assists. He deservedly walked away with the Player of the Tournament award.

The gallery above looks back at the 12 previous recipients of the AFC Player of the Year award hailing from the Middle East with Abdulrahman’s compatriot Ahmed Khalil being the latest to win.

Saudi Arabia boasts five winners on the list while Iran are represented by four.

Who among the players on the list is your favourite?

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IN PICS: AFC Champions League top scorers

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On Target: The competitions top scorers

Jeonbuk FC beat Al Ain FC 3-2 on aggregate in the 2016 AFC Champions League final. Both teams plundered their fair share of goals on their way to the tournament’s finale.

The champions’ Brazilian star Leonardo placed second in the goal scoring charts with 10 strikes to his name while his compatriot Douglas also made the top five with five goals for the UAE outfit. Meanwhile, FC Seoul’s own Brazilian Adriano finished at the top of the pile.

Sport360 lists all 15 of the top scorers in the competition in this gallery.

As far as assists go, the two finalists led the way again with Omar Abdulrahman and Ricardo Lopes registering five each.

Who was your favourite goal scorer of this season’s tournament?

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