1996–97 Asian Club Championship

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The Asian Club Championship 1996-97 was the 16th edition of the annual international club football competition held in the AFC region (Asia). It determined that year's club champion of association football in Asia.

Pohang Steelers of South Korea won the final and became Asian champions for the first time.

First round[edit]

West Asia[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
FK Neftchy Farg'ona Uzbekistan 8-2 Tajikistan Pamir Dushanbe 4-1 4-1
AiK Bishkek Kyrgyzstan 3-6 Kazakhstan Yelimay Semipalatinsk 2-4 1-2
Köpetdag Aşgabat Turkmenistan 0-1 Iran Persepolis FC 0-0 0-1
Al-Kazma Kuwait 10-1 Oman Dhofar 9-0 1-1
West Riffa Bahrain w/o3 Lebanon Al-Nejmeh 2-1 0-3
Al-Nasr Saudi Arabia w/o4 United Arab Emirates Al-Sharjah
Al-Rayyan Qatar bye
Al-Zawraa Iraq bye

1 West Riffa withdrew.
2 Al-Sharjah withdrew.

East Asia[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Shanghai Shenhua China 9-2 Hong Kong Instant-Dict FC 7-1 2-1
Công an Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh Vietnam 1-2 Malaysia Johor FC 0-1 1-1(aet)
JCT FC India 2-2(4-2p) Nepal New Road Team 1-1 1-1
PSM Makassar Indonesia 1-4 South Korea Pohang Steelers 1-0 0-4
New Radiant Maldives 1-0 Sri Lanka Pettah United SC 1-0 n/p1
Yokohama Marinos Japan w/o2 Macau GD Artilheiros
Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma South Korea bye
Thai Farmers Bank FC Thailand bye

1 The 2nd leg was cancelled due to political violence in Sri Lanka.
2 GD Artilheiros withdrew.

Second round[edit]

West Asia[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Zawraa Iraq 3-1 Uzbekistan FK Neftchy Farg'ona 1-0 2-1
Yelimay Semipalatinsk Kazakhstan 3-5 Iran Persepolis FC 3-0 0-5
Al-Nejmeh Lebanon 1-4 Saudi Arabia Al-Nasr 1-0 0-4
Al-Kazma Kuwait 1-2 Qatar Al-Rayyan 0-1 1-1

East Asia[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma South Korea 1-0 China Shanghai Shenhua 0-0 1-0
Yokohama Marinos Japan 3-1 Malaysia Johor FC 2-0 1-1
JCT FC India 1-2 Maldives New Radiant 1-0 0-2
Thai Farmers Bank FC Thailand 1-5 South Korea Pohang Steelers 1-3 0-2

Quarterfinals[edit]

West Asia[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Iran Persepolis FC 3 2 0 1 6 5 +1 6
Iraq Al-Zawraa 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 4
Saudi Arabia Al-Nasr 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
Qatar Al-Rayyan 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2 3
November 8, 1996
Al-Rayyan Qatar 2–1 Saudi Arabia Al-Nasr
Zamel Essa Goal 55'
Mohd Salem Al Enazi Goal 62'
Majed Abdullah Goal 72'

November 8, 1996
Persepolis FC Iran 2–1 Iraq Al-Zawraa
Reza Shahroudi Goal 39'
Edmond Bezik Goal 75'
Sahib Hassan Goal 71'

November 10, 1996
Al-Nasr Saudi Arabia 3–2 Iran Persepolis FC
Ohene Kennedy Goal 70' Goal 87' Goal 89' Edmond Bezik Goal 62'
Khodadad Azizi Goal 75'

November 10, 1996
Al-Zawraa Iraq 2–0 Qatar Al-Rayyan
Moayad Attlya Goal 40'
Mohamed Medhi Goal 55'

November 12, 1996
Al-Rayyan Qatar 1–2 Iran Persepolis FC
Mohamed Mutlaq Goal 65' Khodadad Azizi Goal 44' Goal 89'

November 12, 1996
Al-Nasr Saudi Arabia 0–0 Iraq Al-Zawraa

East Asia[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
South Korea Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma 3 2 1 0 12 2 +10 7
South Korea Pohang Steelers 3 1 2 0 8 2 +6 5
Japan Yokohama Marinos 3 1 1 1 14 5 +9 4
Maldives New Radiant 3 0 0 3 0 25 −25 0


November 26, 1996
New Radiant Maldives 0–6 South Korea Pohang Steelers
Cho Jin-Ho Goal 32' Goal 49'(p) Goal 83' Goal 89'
Serhiy Konovalov Goal 34' Goal 61'


November 28, 1996
Yokohama Marinos Japan 10–0 Maldives New Radiant
M. Suzuki Goal 4'
Alberto Acosta Goal 12'Goal 28'Goal 38'Goal 57'Goal 89'
Yoshito Terakawa Goal 13' Goal 35'
Y. Uena Goal 40'
T. Hirama Goal 75'

Semifinals[edit]


Third place match[edit]

Final[edit]

Champions[edit]

Asian Club Championship 1996-97
South Korea
Pohang Steelers
First Title

References[edit]