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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old May 19th, 2005, 04:27 Thread Starter
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Asain Club teams.

Hello my people.

With Australian clubs joing Asain im intersted to know; who is the the super powers of Asian club football?

From Australia Melbourne, Sydney & Newcaslte will be strong.

Also - what is the stongest Asian leagues and how does the Asain Champions LEague & Asain equivlent to the UEFA cup work?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old May 19th, 2005, 04:34
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Obviously I don't know about their clubs, but as regards format, khimik had posted in the Australian forum some time ago

Originally Posted by khimik
Some information on the Asian Champions League

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Event Information
The AFC Champions League is Asia’s premier club competition, pitting 29 club sides from 14 countries against one another for a US$500,000 winners’ purse - and a place in the FIFA Club World Championship.

Teams qualify for the AFC Champions League as their national league champions or as the winners of a national cup competition (as specified by National Associations where there is more than one cup competition).

The 14 countries providing teams for the competition are those designated ‘mature’ by the AFC’s Vision Asia blueprint for the development of Asian football. (The AFC’s Vision Asia ranking takes a number of factors into consideration and, unlike the FIFA/Coca-Cola rankings, is not purely based on performance at national team level.)

Those countries are:
China, Korea Republic, Kuwait, Japan, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Bahrain.

Bahrain have been banned from this year’s competition by the AFC following the withdrawal of both Bahrain teams from the 2004 competition. Syria, who provided the winners of the 2004 AFC Cup, take Bahrain’s place.

Tournament Format
Twenty teams are entered for the Group Stage, with the 2005 AFC Champions League winners joining at the quarter-final stage.

The 28 teams are separated into seven groups of four on a regional basis – four groups from West and Central & South Asia and three from ASEAN and East Asia.

Clubs from the same country were kept apart in the draw, which was held in December 2004 at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur. The groups are as follows:
Group A – Pas (IRN), Al Shorta (IRQ), Al Salmiya (KUW), Al Rayyan (QAT)
Group B – Al Ain (UAE), Sepahan (IRN), Al Shabab (KSA), Al Wahda (SYR)
Group C – Neftchi (UZB), Al Ahli (UAE), Al Sadd (QAT), Al Kuwait (KUW)
Group D – Al Zawra’a (IRQ), Pakhtakor (UZB), Al Jaish (SYR), Al Ahli (KSA)
Group E – Shenzhen Jianlibao (CHN), Suwon Bluewings (KOR), Hoang Anh Gia Lai (VIE), Jubilo Iwata (JPN)
Group F – BEC Tero Sasana (THA), Shandong Luneng (CHN), Yokohama F Marinos (JPN), PSM Makassar (IDN)
Group G – Busan I’Park (KOR), Krung Thai Park (THA), Persebaya Surabaya (IDN), Binh Dinh (VIE)

Clubs play one another on a home and away basis, with three points awarded for a win and a point for a draw.

The winners of each of the seven groups qualify for the last eight.

The draw for the AFC Champions League will take place at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur in June 2005 (subject to change).

The seven Group winners will be joined in the draw for the knockout stages by Al Ittihad, the 2004 AFC Champions League winners.

Just one draw will take place – for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.

The draw will be open and no team will be seeded. Teams from the same country will, however, be kept apart in the quarter-finals and, if possible, in the semi-finals.

All games in the knockout stage will be played on a home and away basis, with the team which has scored the most goals advancing. If both teams have scored the same number of goals, away goals are counted as double. If teams are still level, extra-time will be played followed, if necessary, by penalties.

September 13/14 – First Leg
September 20/21 – Second Leg

September 27/28 – First Leg
October 11/12 – Second Leg

October 26 – First Leg
November 2 – Second Leg

Asian Club Championship
Launched in 1967, this event was opened to the national club champions of Asia. It attracted a modest eight teams in its inaugural season but the logistical problems of organising an Asia-wide competition caused the tournament to be disrupted for a few year and ultimately forced a format change.

In 1985 the event was re-launched with teams split into geographical groupings and attracted twenty-five entries. The format was further modified as Asia's footballing landscape changed but a solid structure and prize money attracted record numbers of teams in the tournament's latter years.

The tournament was dominated by clubs from Israel and Iran in its early years but after the return of the competition in the 1980's, it was the East Asian teams that dominated with teams from Korea Republic, Japan and China all lifting the trophy.

While teams from Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Thailand were also successful in the Asian Club Championship, the competition was dominated by Korea Republic in its latter years with clubs from the Land of the Morning Calm taking five of the last seven championships.

Asian Cup Winners' Cup
Launched in 1990 following the success of the Asian Club Championship, the Asian Cup Winners' Cup was contested by the winners of each country's premier knock-out competition.

With its knock-out format, the competition proved to be an entertaining experience during its short history. While Iranian side Pirouzi won the inaugural competition in 1990, the Asian Cup Winners' Cup was dominated by Japanese and Saudi clubs.

Al Hilal's victory over Korean side Chonbuk Motors in the final Asian Cup Winners' Cup in 2001-02 made them only the second club after Nissan/Yokohama Marinos to win the tournament twice.

Asian Super Cup
The Asian Super Cup, held for the first time in 1995, was an inevitable by-product of the AFC's quest to make club football more prevalent in the region.

As its name suggests, the Super Cup brought together the champions of Asia's two premier club competitions - the Asian Club Championship and the Asian Cup Winner's Cup - for a two-leg showdown to decide Asia's undisputed football kings. Generous prize money and the distinction of being heralded as Asia's best team added to the stature of the event.

The Asian Super Cup was dominated by Japanese, Korean and Saudi clubs during its brief history with Al Hilal and Suwon Bluewings the only clubs to win the competition twice.
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$500K is a very small amount for the winner, in UEFA that amount can be earned in qualification. I think it would be more interested if every AFC country can have their clubs playing qualifications to earn a spot, this will make it more interesting and competitive.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old May 21st, 2005, 06:39
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Hi Everyone~

for more Asian soccer discussion, you may join here
that should be the best English forum for Asian soccer with a lot of Chinese,Japanese, Korean Iranian and Arabia also fans of other countries, You can follow ACL, K-League, J-league, CSL, IPL and some other Asian competations there.

and for super powers of Asian club soccer, clubs from Korea, Iran, Saudi arabia, Japan, China, Kuwait,Qatar and UAE are competitive in Asian club soccer.

K-League: the strongest korean club is Suwon sumsung current now, other Strong clubs in K-League are seongnam Chunma, Pohang Steelers, ulsan Hyundai and Seoul FC

J-League: the most succesful clubs are: Verdy Tokyo 1969,Yokohama F Marinos,Kashima Antlers & Jubilo Iwata

CSL: the four biggest clubs in CSL are Dalian Shide, Shanghai Shenhua, Beijing Guo'an and Shandong Luneng

IPL: Perspolis and Esteghlal are the two giants in history, paas and sepahan are strong teams too now.

Saudi League:Al-Hilal ,Al-Ittihad ,Al-Nasr ,Al-Shabab are always strong.

Q-League: Al-Sadd,Al-Arabi,Al-Rayyan

UAE League: Al-Ain

Kuwait League: Al-Arabi & Al-Qadisiya

In ACL this season, Five clubs had already entered quarter finals and still have three places to be decided, the five clubs who had enterd quarter finals are:

Al Ittihad (Saudi Arabia),Al Ahli(Saudi Arabia), Pas (Iran),Shandong Luneng(China), Busan I’Park(South Korea)

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and for the Leagues K-League, and J-league are the best, CSL, IPL,Q-League and UAE league are professional leagues too,while Saudi League and Kuwait League are semi-professional
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the bottom teams in the Suadi Arabia have a a great history in the Asian Competitions
so what the top Teams in the Asian Competitions.

Ittihad won over a Korean Club in south Korea 5-0
so what if Al-Hilal the best team in Asia of all Time play with any club ?
dont miss with the Saudi teams
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