2007 AFC Champions League

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2007 AFC Champions League
Tournament details
Dates March 2007 - November 2007
Teams 28
Final positions
Champions Japan Urawa Red Diamonds (1st title)
Runners-up Iran Sepahan
Tournament statistics
Matches played 92
Goals scored 230 (2.5 per match)
Top scorer(s) Brazil Mota (7 goals)
Best player Japan Yuichiro Nagai (Urawa Red Diamonds)
2006
2008

The 2007 AFC Champions League was the 26th edition of the top-level Asian club football tournament and the 5th edition under the current AFC Champions League title.

Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds became champions for the first time, beating Sepahan of Iran and becoming the fourth Japanese club to win the Asian championship.

Participating clubs[edit]

Along with the defending champion, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, 28 other clubs from fourteen countries qualified based on performance in domestic league and cup competitions. Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors entered the competition at the quarter-finals.

The draw took place in Kuala Lumpur on December 22, allocating teams into seven groups. In February, the AFC disqualified Esteghlal Tehran from Group B for failing to register their players in time.[1] This reduced the number of competing teams to 28.

Defending Champions (1)
South Korea Korea Republic (1) Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (2006 AFC Champions League winners)
East Asia & ASEAN (12)
Australia Australia (2) Adelaide United (2005–06 A-League premiers)
Sydney FC (2006 A-League Grand Final winners)
China China (2) Shandong Luneng Taishan (2006 Chinese Super League champions and 2006 Chinese FA Cup winners)
Shanghai Shenhua (2006 Chinese Super League runners-up)
Indonesia Indonesia (2) Persik Kediri (2006 Liga Indonesia Premier Division champions)
Arema Malang (2006 Copa Indonesia winners)
Japan Japan (2) Urawa Red Diamonds (2006 J. League Division 1 champions and 2006–07 Emperor's Cup winners)
Kawasaki Frontale (2006 J. League Division 1 runners-up)
South Korea Korea Republic (2) Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (2006 K-League champions)
Chunnam Dragons (2006 Korean FA Cup winners)
Thailand Thailand (1) Bangkok University FC (2006 Thailand Premier League champions)
Vietnam Vietnam (1) Gach Dong Tam Long An (2006 V-League champions)
Central & South Asia and West Asia (16) (15)
Iran Iran (2) (1) Esteghlal Tehran (2005–06 Iran Pro League champions)
Sepahan (2005–06 Hazfi Cup winners)
Iraq Iraq (2) Al-Zawraa (2005–06 Iraqi Premier League champions)
Najaf FC (2005–06 Iraqi Premier League runners-up)
Kuwait Kuwait (2) Al Kuwait Kaifan (2005–06 Kuwaiti Premier League champions)
Al-Arabi (2006 Kuwait Emir Cup winners)
Qatar Qatar (2) Al Sadd (2005–06 Qatar Stars League champions)
Al-Rayyan (2006 Emir of Qatar Cup winners)
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia (2) Al-Shabab (2005–06 Saudi Premier League champions)
Al-Hilal (2005–06 Saudi Crown Prince Cup winners)
Syria Syria (2) Al-Karamah (2005–06 Syrian League champions)
Al Ittihad (2005–06 Syrian Cup winners)
United Arab Emirates UAE (2) Al-Wahda (2005–06 UAE Football League runners-up)
Al Ain Club (2005–06 UAE Emir Cup winners)
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan (2) FC Pakhtakor (2006 Uzbek League champions and 2006 Uzbekistani Cup winners)
Neftchi Farg'ona (2006 Uzbek League runners-up)

Format[edit]

Group Stage

A total of 28 clubs are divided into 7 groups of four, based on region i.e. East Asian and Southeast Asian clubs are drawn in Group E to F, while rest are grouped in Group A to D. Each club plays double round-robin (home and away) against fellow three group members, a total of 6 matches each. Clubs receive 3pts for a win, 1pt for a tie, 0pts for a loss. The clubs are ranked according to points and tie breakers are in following order:

  • Points earned between the clubs in question
  • Goal Differential between the clubs in question
  • Points earned within the group
  • Goal Differential within the group
  • Goal For within the group

The seven group winners along with the defending champions qualifies to the quarter-finals.

Knockout Round

All 8 clubs are randomly matched; however, the only restriction is that the clubs from same country cannot face each other in the quarterfinals. The games are conducted in 2 legs, home and away, and the aggregates goals decides the match winner. If the aggregate goals cannot produce an winner, away goal rules in used. If still tied, clubs play extra time, where away goal rule still applies. If still tied, the game goes to penalties.

Group stage[edit]

Group matches were scheduled to be played over match days on March 7, March 21, April 11, April 25, May 9 and May 23, 2007.

Group A[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda 13 6 4 1 1 13 6 +7
Iraq Al-Zawraa 11 6 3 2 1 9 6 +3
Kuwait Al-Arabi 7 6 2 1 3 10 12 -2
Qatar Al-Rayyan 2 6 0 2 4 3 11 -8
March 7, 2007
Al-Arabi 0–1 Al-Zawraa
(Report) Muslim Mubarak 66'
March 7, 2007
Al-Rayyan 0–1 Al-Wahda
(Report) Mohamed al-Shehhi 81'
Al Rayyan Sports Club, Al Rayyan, Qatar
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: China Yang Zhiqiang

March 21, 2007
Al-Wahda 4–1 Al-Arabi
Mamadou Bagayoko 40', 56'(pen)
Saleh Al Menhali 63'
Bashir Saeed 68'
(Report) Mohamed Jarragh 35'
Al-Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: Japan Yuichi Nishimura
March 21, 2007
Al-Zawraa 0–0 Al-Rayyan
(Report)
Al Rayyan Sports Club, Al Rayyan, Qatar
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: South Korea Lee Gi-Young


April 25, 2007
Al-Rayyan 1–3 Al-Arabi
Thiago Ribeiro 44' (report) Khaled Khalaf 25'
Firas Al Khatib 63' 69'
Al Rayyan Sports Club, Doha, Qatar
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Saudi Arabia Ali Al Mutlaq
April 25, 2007
Al-Wahda 1–1 Al-Zawraa
Abdulrahim Jumaa 57' (report) Haidar Sabah 75'
Al-Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Bahrain Jasim Karim


Group B[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 8 4 2 2 0 5 1 +4
Uzbekistan FC Pakhtakor 6 4 2 0 2 3 5 -2
Kuwait Al Kuwait Kaifan 2 4 0 2 2 2 4 -2
Iran Esteghlal (*) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

(*) Esteghlal Tehran was disqualified for failing to submit their players list in time.



April 11, 2007
FC Pakhtakor 0–2 Al-Hilal
(Report) Omar Al-Ghamdi 54'
Rodrigão 59'
Army Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: China Junjie Huang

April 25, 2007
Al-Hilal 2–0 FC Pakhtakor
Rodrigão 30', 90'(pen) (report)


Group C[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Syria Al-Karamah 11 6 3 2 1 11 7 +4
Uzbekistan Neftchi Farg'ona 10 6 3 1 2 6 7 -1
Iraq Najaf FC 8 6 2 2 2 9 8 +1
Qatar Al Sadd 4 6 1 1 4 6 10 -4
March 7, 2007
Najaf FC 0–1 Neftchi
(Report) Kholmatov Goal 71'

March 21, 2007
Al Sadd 1–4 Najaf FC
Talal Al Bloushi 45' (Report) Aqeel Mohammed 47'
Saeed Mohsen 55', 86'(pen)
Karrar Jassim 70'
Al Sadd Stadium, Doha, Qatar
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Australia Ben Williams

April 11, 2007
Al Sadd 2–0 Neftchi
Khalfan Ibrahim 65'
Emerson 75'
(Report)
Al Sadd Stadium, Doha, Qatar
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: China Tan Hai
April 11, 2007
Al Karamah 1–1 Najaf FC
Fahd Awde 90'(pen) (Report) Falah Hasan Kadhim 71'
Khaled bin Walid Stadium, Homs, Syria
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Bahrain Jasim Karim

April 25, 2007
Najaf FC 2–4 Al-Karamah
Saeed Mohsen 7'(pen)
Qassim Faraj 86' (pen)
(Report) Jehad Al Hussein 46', 52'
Fahd Awde 50'
Senghor Koupouleni 65'
April 25, 2007
Neftchi 2–1 Al Sadd
Iqboljon Akramov 1'
Nasim Shoimov 41'
(Report) Emerson 17'

May 9, 2007
Al Sadd 1–1 Al-Karamah
Ali Nasser 16' (Report) Iyad Mando 44'
Al Sadd Stadium, Doha, Qatar
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Thailand Chaiwat Kunsuta
May 9, 2007
Neftchi 1–1 Najaf FC
Kholmatov Goal 43' (Report) Ali Mohammed Goal 60'
Fargona Stadium, Fergana, Uzbekistan
Attendance: 16,000

May 23, 2007
Al-Karamah 2–0 Neftchi
Iyad Mando 12', 50' (Report)
Khaled bin Walid Stadium, Homs, Syria
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Saudi Arabia Ali Al Mutlaq

Group D[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Iran Sepahan 13 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7
Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 10 6 3 1 2 9 3 +6
United Arab Emirates Al Ain Club 6 6 1 3 2 5 8 -3
Syria Al Ittihad 3 6 0 3 3 3 13 -10
March 7, 2007
Sepahan 2–1 Al Ittihad
Mehdi Seyed Salehi 19', 29' (Report) Anas Sari 12'

March 21, 2007
Al Ittihad 0–0 Al Ain
(Report)


April 25, 2007
Sepahan 1–1 Al Ain
Hossein Papi 49' (Report) Hawar Mulla Mohammed 86'
Foolad Shahr Stadium, Isfahan, Iran
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Australia Mark Shield
April 25, 2007
Al Ittihad 1–1 Al-Shabab
Ammar Rihawi 36' (Report) Ahmed Ateef 65'
Al-Hamadaniah Stadium, Aleppo, Syria
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Lebanon Talaat Najm

May 9, 2007
Al Ittihad 0–5 Sepahan
(Report) Abdul-Wahab Abu Al-Hail 10'
Mohammad Nori 40', 55'
Emad Mohammed 70', 90'
Al-Hamadaniah Stadium, Aleppo, Syria
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: South Korea Lee Gi-Young

May 23, 2007
Sepahan 1–0 Al-Shabab
Mehdi Seyed Salehi 33' (Report)
Foolad Shahr Stadium, Isfahan, Iran
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Japan Yuichi Nishimura

Group E[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 10 6 2 4 0 9 5 +4
Australia Sydney FC 9 6 2 3 1 8 5 +3
Indonesia Persik Kediri 7 6 2 1 3 6 16 -10
China Shanghai Shenhua 5 6 1 2 3 7 4 +3
March 7, 2007
Shanghai Shenhua 1–2 Sydney FC
Xie Hui 78' (Report) Steve Corica 8'
Ufuk Talay 23'
Yuanshen Stadium, Shanghai, China
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: South Korea Lee Gi-Young


April 11, 2007
Urawa Red Diamonds 1–0 Shanghai Shenhua
Yuki Abe 45' (Report)
Saitama Stadium, Saitama, Japan
Attendance: 28,828
Referee: Iran Masoud Moradi

April 25, 2007
Sydney FC 3–0 Persik Kediri
Steve Corica 54', 90'
Alex Brosque 73'
(Report)
Parramatta Stadium, Sydney, Australia
Attendance: 10,075
Referee: Vietnam Minh Tri Vo

May 9, 2007
Sydney FC 0–0 Shanghai Shenhua
(Report 1 2)
Aussie Stadium, Sydney, Australia
Attendance: 14,786
Referee: Singapore Abdul Bashir

May 23, 2007
Urawa Red Diamonds 0–0 Sydney FC
(Report)
Saitama Stadium, Saitama, Japan
Attendance: 44,793
Referee: United Arab Emirates Fareed Al-Marzouqi
May 23, 2007
Shanghai Shenhua 6–0 Persik Kediri
Xie Hui 8'
Gao Lin 25'
Diego Alonso 79', 87', 90'
Sergio Blanco 86'
(Report)
Yuanshen Stadium, Shanghai, China
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: India Subrata Sarkar

Group F[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Japan Kawasaki Frontale 16 6 5 1 0 15 4 +11
South Korea Chunnam Dragons 10 6 3 1 2 7 8 -1
Indonesia Arema Malang 4 6 1 1 4 2 9 -7
Thailand Bangkok University FC 3 6 0 3 3 4 7 -3
March 7, 2007
Arema Malang 1–3 Kawasaki Frontale
Elie Aiboy 12' (Report) Magnum 1', 73'
Kengo Nakamura 82'
Gajayana Stadium, Malang, Indonesia
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Jordan Naser Al-Ghafary


April 11, 2007
Chunnam Dragons 1–3 Kawasaki Frontale
Kang Min-Soo 90' (Report) Juninho 29'(pen), 70'
Magnum 57'

April 25, 2007
Arema Malang 1–0 Bangkok University
Bruno Casimir 56' (Report)
Gajayana Stadium, Malang, Indonesia
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: China Sun Baojie
April 25, 2007
Kawasaki Frontale 3–0 Chunnam Dragons
Juninho 25'
Chong Tese 81', 87'
(Report)


Group G[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 13 6 4 1 1 13 6 +7
China Shandong Luneng Taishan 13 6 4 1 1 12 8 +4
Australia Adelaide United FC 8 6 2 2 2 9 6 +3
Vietnam Gach Dong Tam Long An 0 6 0 0 6 4 18 -14

March 21, 2007
Gach Dong Tam Long An 0–2 Adelaide United
(Report) Fernando 18'
Travis Dodd 30'
Long An Stadium, Tân An, Vietnam
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Maldives Ali Saleem

April 11, 2007
Shandong Luneng Taishan 4–0 Gach Dong Tam Long An
Han Peng 42', 52'
Wang Yongpo 54'
Li Jinyu 74'
(Report)
Shandong Stadium, Jinan, China
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Burma Win Cho


May 9, 2007
Shandong Luneng Taishan 2–2 Adelaide United
Li Wei 39'
Shu Chang 56'
(Report) Fernando 36' (pen)
Nathan Burns 48'
Shandong Stadium, Jinan, China
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Saudi Arabia Khalil Al Ghamdi

May 23, 2007
Adelaide United 3–0 Gach Dong Tam Long An
Travis Dodd 7', 22', 49' (Report)
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide, Australia
Attendance: 6,917
Referee: Singapore Abdul Bashir

Knockout stage[edit]

Quarter finals[edit]

In this round the first leg matches were played on September 19. The second leg was on September 26.

Quarter-final Semi-final Final
                 
Group D Winner   Iran Sepahan 0 (5)
Group F Winner   Japan Kawasaki Frontale 0 (4)
Iran Sepahan 3
United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda 1
Group A Winner   United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda 1
Group B Winner   Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 1
Iran Sepahan 1
Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 3
Group G Winner   South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 4
Group C Winner   Syria Al-Karamah 1
South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 4 (3)
Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 4 (5)
Group E Winner Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 4
Champion 2006 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1

First Leg

19 September 2007
Sepahan 0–0 Kawasaki Frontale
Report
Foolad Shahr Stadium, Isfahan, Iran
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Bahrain Jasim Karim

19 September 2007
Al-Wahda 0–0 Al-Hilal
Report
Al-Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Qatar Abdullah Balideh


Second Leg

  • Sepahan progress 5-4 on penalties after 0-0 aggregate score

  • Al-Wahda progress on away goals rule with 1-1 aggregate score

  • Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma progress 4-1 on aggregate

  • Urawa Red Diamonds progress 4-1 on aggregate

Semi finals[edit]

In this round the first leg matches were played on October 3. The second leg was on October 24.

First Leg


Second Leg

  • Urawa Red Diamonds progress 5-3 on penalties after 4-4 aggregate score

24 October 2007
Al-Wahda 0–0 Sepahan
Report
Al-Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Attendance: 13,000
Referee: Australia Ben Williams
  • Sepahan progress 3-1 on aggregate

Final[edit]

In the final round the first leg matches were played on November 7. The second leg was on November 14.


14 November 2007
Urawa Red Diamonds 2–0 Sepahan
Yuichiro Nagai 22'
Yuki Abe 71'
Report
Saitama Stadium, Saitama, Japan
Attendance: 59,034
Referee: Uzbekistan Ravshan Irmatov
  • Urawa Red Diamonds win 3-1 on aggregate

Winners[edit]

AFC Champions League
2007 Winners
Flag of Japan
Urawa Red Diamonds
1st Title

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Brazil Mota South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 7
2 Iran Mehdi Seyed Salehi Iran Sepahan 5
South Korea Kim Dong Hyun South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
4 Australia Steve Corica Australia Sydney FC 4
Brazil Rodrigão Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Syria Firas Al Khatib Kuwait Al-Arabi
Iraq Saeed Mohsen Iraq Najaf FC
Australia Travis Dodd Australia Adelaide United
Brazil Robson Ponte Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
10 Brazil Magnum Japan Kawasaki Frontale 3
Brazil Juninho Japan Kawasaki Frontale
Japan Kengo Nakamura Japan Kawasaki Frontale
China Wang Yongpo China Shandong Luneng Taishan
China Li Jinyu China Shandong Luneng Taishan
Iraq Emad Mohammed Iran Sepahan
Iran Mahmoud Karimi Iran Sepahan
Brazil Fernando Australia Adelaide United FC
Mali Mamadou Bagayoko United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda
Saudi Arabia Waleed Al Gizani Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
Uruguay Diego Alonso China Shanghai Shenhua
Syria Iyad Mando Syria Al-Karamah
Senegal Senghor Koupouleni Syria Al-Karamah
Japan Tatsuya Tanaka Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
Japan Yuichiro Nagai Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
Japan Yuki Abe Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
South Korea Choi Sung-Kuk South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]