1998–99 Asian Club Championship

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The Asian Club Championship 1998-99 was the 18th 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.

Jubilo Iwata of Japan won the final and became Asian champions for the first time, and becoming the third Japanese club to win the Asian championship.

First round[edit]

West Asia[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Iraq 9-01 State of Palestine Khidmat Rafah 7-0 2-0
Al-Ain United Arab Emirates 7-2 Oman Oman 5-2 2-0
Al-Ansar Lebanon (a)3-3 Qatar Al-Arabi 1-0 2-3
West Riffa Bahrain 2-3 Yemen Al-Wahda 2-0 0-3(aet)
Al-Salmiya Kuwait 2-3 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 0-0 2-3
Köpetdag Aşgabat Turkmenistan 4-42 Kazakhstan FC Irtysh 4-1 0-3
Vakhsh Qurghonteppa Tajikistan w/o3 Uzbekistan FK Neftchy Farg'ona
Esteghlal Iran bye

1 Both legs were played in Baghdad, Iraq by mutual agreement.
2 FC Irtysh were ejected from the competition for using two ineligible players.
3 FK Neftchy Farg'ona withdrew.

East Asia[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Pohang Steelers South Korea 6-0 Vietnam Cang Sai Gon 2-0 4-0
Singapore Armed Forces Singapore 2-4 Malaysia Selangor FA 1-4 1-0
Instant-Dict FC Hong Kong 0-7 Japan Júbilo Iwata 0-3 0-4
BEC Tero Sasana1 Thailand 6-1 Nepal Three Star Club 6-1 n/p2
Dalian Wanda China 6-0 India East Bengal Club 6-0 0-0
Club Valencia Maldives 0-6 South Korea Busan Daewoo Royals 0-2 0-4
Allied Bank Pakistan w/o3 Sri Lanka Saunders SC
Finance and Revenue Burma bye4

1 BEC Tero Sasana were entered after Sinthana, who had beaten them for the championship, withdrew due to excessive travel costs.
2 The match was played over one leg by mutual agreement.
3 Allied Bank Limited FC withdrew.
4 Finance and Revenue had been drawn against the representatives of Indonesia, where the 1997/98 season was abandoned due to political and economic trouble in the country.

Second round[edit]

West Asia[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Iraq 1-3 Iran Esteghlal 1-1 0-2
Al-Ain United Arab Emirates 3-2 Lebanon Al-Ansar 3-1 0-1
Al-Wahda Yemen 2-6 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 2-2 0-4
Vakhsh Qurghonteppa Tajikistan 0-6 Turkmenistan Köpetdag Aşgabat 0-1 0-5

East Asia[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Dalian Wanda China 3-1 Thailand BEC Tero Sasana 3-0 0-1
Júbilo Iwata Japan 4-0 Burma Finance and Revenue 4-0 n/p1
Saunders SC Sri Lanka 1-9 South Korea Busan Daewoo Royals 1-4 0-5
Pohang Steelers South Korea 10-1 Malaysia Selangor FA 6-0 4-1

1 The match was played over one leg by mutual agreement.

Quarterfinals[edit]

West Asia[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 3 2 0 1 7 2 +5 6
Iran Esteghlal 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 6
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 3 1 0 2 5 5 0 3
Turkmenistan Köpetdag Aşgabat 3 1 0 2 4 10 −6 3
February 25, 1999
Al-Ain United Arab Emirates 6–1 Turkmenistan Köpetdag Aşgabat
Majed Hamad Goal 5' Goal 80'
Abdullah Shila Goal 14' Goal 41'
Abédi Pelé Goal 55'
Helal Saeed Goal 8?'
Vladimir Bairamov Goal 20'


February 27, 1999
Al-Ain United Arab Emirates 0–1 Iran Esteghlal
Alireza Akbarpour Goal 70'


March 1, 1999
Al-Ain United Arab Emirates 1–0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Garib Harib Goal 68'

East Asia[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
China Dalian Wanda 3 1 2 0 5 3 +2 5
Japan Júbilo Iwata 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
South Korea Pohang Steelers 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3
South Korea Busan Daewoo Royals 3 0 2 1 3 5 −2 2



February 12, 1999
Dalian Wanda China 2–0 Japan Júbilo Iwata
Hao Haidong Goal 1'74'


Semifinals[edit]

April 28, 1999
Al-Ain United Arab Emirates 2–2
(aet, 2 PK 4)
Japan Júbilo Iwata
Fahd Hasan Goal 35' Goal 66' Makoto Tanaka Goal 15'
Toshiya Fujita Goal 37'

April 28, 1999
Dalian Wanda China 3–4
(aet)
Iran Esteghlal
Yan Song Goal 60' Goal 63'
Li Ming Goal 77'
Mahmoud Fekri Goal 44'
Ali Mousavi Goal 51' Goal 108'
Alireza Akbarpour Goal 84'
Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran Attendance: 100,000

Third place match[edit]

Final[edit]

April 30, 1999
Júbilo Iwata Japan 2–1 Iran Esteghlal
Hideto Suzuki Goal 36'
Masashi Nakayama Goal 45'
Sirous Dinmohammadi Goal 66'
Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran Attendance: 125,000

Champions[edit]

Asian Club Championship 1998-99
Japan
Júbilo Iwata
First Title

References[edit]