2008 AFC Champions League

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2008 AFC Champions League
Tournament details
Dates 12 Mar 2008 - 12 Nov 2008
Teams 29
Final positions
Champions Japan Gamba Osaka (1st title)
Runners-up Australia Adelaide United
Third place

Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
Japan Urawa Red Diamonds

! NO Consolation Game !
Tournament statistics
Matches played 98
Goals scored 275 (2.81 per match)
Top scorer(s) Thailand Nantawat Thansopa
(9 goals)
Best player Japan Yasuhito Endō
(Gamba Osaka)
2007
2009

The 2008 AFC Champions League was the 27th AFC Champions League, the top-level Asian club football tournament, and the 6th under the current AFC Champions League title. It was the last AFC Champions League before the competition expanded to 32 teams.

Participating clubs[edit]

Along with the defending champion, Urawa Red Diamonds, 28 other clubs from fourteen countries qualified based on performance in domestic league and cup competitions. Urawa Red Diamonds entered the competition at the quarter-finals. The draw for group stage took place on 12 December 2007.

Defending Champions (1)
Japan Japan (1) Urawa Red Diamonds (2007 AFC Champions League winners)
East Asia & ASEAN (12)
Australia Australia (2) Melbourne Victory (2006–07 A-League premiers and 2007 A-League Grand Final winners)
Adelaide United (2006–07 A-League regular season runners-up)
China China (2) Changchun Yatai (2007 Chinese Super League champions)
Beijing Guoan (2007 Chinese Super League runners-up)
Indonesia Indonesia (0)
Japan Japan (2) Kashima Antlers (2007 J. League Division 1 champions and 2007–08 Emperor's Cup winners)
Gamba Osaka (2007 J. League Division 1 third place)
South Korea Korea Republic (2) Pohang Steelers (2007 K-League champions)
Chunnam Dragons (2007 Korean FA Cup winners)
Thailand Thailand (2) Chonburi FC (2007 Thailand Premier League champions)
Krung Thai Bank FC (2007 Thailand Premier League runners-up)
Vietnam Vietnam (2) Bình Dương F.C. (2007 V-League champions)
Nam Dinh F.C. (2007 Vietnamese Cup winners)
Central & South Asia and West Asia (16)
Iran Iran (2) Saipa (2006–07 Persian Gulf Cup champions)
Sepahan (2006–07 Hazfi Cup winners)
Iraq Iraq (2) Arbil FC (2006–07 Iraqi Premier League champions)
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (2006–07 Iraqi Premier League runners-up)
Kuwait Kuwait (2) Al Kuwait Kaifan (2006–07 Kuwaiti Premier League champions)
Al Qadisiya Kuwait (2007 Kuwait Emir Cup winners)
Qatar Qatar (2) Al-Sadd (2006–07 Qatar Stars League champions and 2007 Emir of Qatar Cup winners)
Al-Gharafa (2006–07 Qatar Stars League runners-up)
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia (1) Al-Itthihad Jeddah (2006–07 Saudi Premier League champions)
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia (1) Al-Ahli Jeddah (2006–07 Saudi Crown Prince Cup winners)
Syria Syria (2) Al-Karamah (2006–07 Syrian League champions and 2006–07 Syrian Cup winners)
Al-Ittihad Aleppo (2006–07 Syrian League runners-up)
United Arab Emirates UAE (2) Al Wasl FC (2006–07 UAE Football League champions and 2006–07 UAE Emir Cup winners)
Al-Wahda (2006–07 UAE Football League runners-up)
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan (2) FC Pakhtakor (2007 Uzbek League champions and 2007 Uzbekistani Cup winners)
FC Bunyodkor (2007 Uzbek League runners-up)

† In the 2008 edition, Indonesia were allocated two slots just like the older editions. However, on 12 December 2007, AFC awarded one Indonesian slots to Thailand and the other one to Vietnam, due to delay in Indonesian domestic league and cup tournament,[1] allowing both Thai and Vietnamese slots to be total of two.

Format[edit]

Group stage

A total of 28 clubs were divided into seven groups of four, based on region, i.e. East Asian and Southeast Asian clubs are drawn in Group E to G, while rest are grouped in Group A to D. Each club played double round-robin (home and away) against the other three teams in their group, a total of 6 matches each. Clubs received three points for a win, one point for a draw and no points for a loss. The clubs were ranked according to points and tie breakers are in following order:

  • Points earned between the clubs in question
  • Goal difference between the clubs in question
  • Goal difference within the group
  • Goals for within the group

The seven group winners and the defending champions qualified for the quarter-finals.

Knockout stage

All eight clubs were randomly paired together, with the restriction that clubs from same country could not face each other in the quarter-finals. The games were played over two legs, home and away, the team with the higher aggregate goal total being declared the match winner. If the aggregate goals could not produce a winner, away goals rule was used. If the two teams were still tied, extra time was played, at the end of which the away goals rule was again applied if the scores were tied. If still tied, the game would go to penalties.

Schedule[edit]

Group stage draw - 12 December 2007
  • Group round: 12 March, 19 March, 9 April, 23 April, 7 May, 21 May
Knockout stage draw - 24 May 2008
  • Quarter-finals: 17 September, 24 September
  • Semi-finals: 8 October, 22 October
  • Final: 5 November, 12 November

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 6 4 1 1 8 2 +6 13
Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad Jeddah 6 3 0 3 6 5 +1 9
Iran Sepahan 6 2 1 3 5 8 −3 7
Syria Al-Ittihad Aleppo 6 2 0 4 4 8 −4 6

2008-03-19
Bunyodkor Uzbekistan 2 – 0 Iran Sepahan
Bakayev Goal 61'
Kapadze Goal 80'
Report
MHSK Stadium, Tashkent
Attendance: 13,000
Referee: Fareed Al Marzouqi (UAE)

2008-04-09
Sepahan Iran 2 – 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad Jeddah
Seyed Salehi Goal 59'
Aghily Goal 71'
Report Al-Meshal Goal 89'
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Sun Baojie (China PR)



2008-05-21
Sepahan Iran 1 – 1 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
Ali Mohammadi Goal 2' Report Gochguliev Goal 72'
Azadi Stadium, Tehran
Attendance: 150
Referee: Abdullah Al Hilali (Oman)

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Iran Saipa 6 3 3 0 7 3 4 12
Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 8
United Arab Emirates Al Wasl 6 2 1 3 5 7 −2 7
Kuwait Al Kuwait Kaifan 6 1 2 3 4 6 −2 5

2008-03-19
Saipa Iran 2 – 0 United Arab Emirates Al Wasl
Traoré Goal 45'
Ansarifard Goal 57'
Report
Enghelab Stadium, Karaj
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Masaaki Iemoto (Japan)

2008-04-09
Al Wasl United Arab Emirates 1 – 0 Kuwait Al Kuwait Kaifan
Hassan Goal 75' Report
Zabeel Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 4,622
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)

2008-04-23
Saipa Iran 1 – 1 Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Rahmati Goal 63' (pen.) Report Ayad Goal 71'
Enghelab Stadium, Karaj
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

2008-05-07
Saipa Iran 1 – 0 Kuwait Al Kuwait Kaifan
Rahmati Goal 24' Report
Enghelab Stadium, Karaj
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Sun Baojie (China PR)

2008-05-21
Al Wasl United Arab Emirates 1 – 1 Iran Saipa
André Dias Goal 90+2' Report Traoré Goal 21'
Zabeel Stadium, Dubai
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Mark Shield (Australia)

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Syria Al-Karamah 6 3 2 1 8 3 5 11
United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda 6 2 3 1 6 7 −1 9
Qatar Al-Sadd 6 1 3 2 6 8 −2 6
Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli Jeddah 6 0 4 2 5 7 −2 4

2008-03-12
Al-Sadd Qatar 2 – 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli Jeddah
Emerson Goal 6'
Felipe Goal 26'
Report Val Baiano Goal 73'
Al Sadd Stadium, Doha
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

2008-03-12
Al-Karamah Syria 4 – 1 United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda
Esmaeel Goal 3'
Chaabo Goal 27'48'
Al Hamwi Goal 80'
Report Al Shehhi Goal 83'
Khaled bin Walid Stadium, Homs
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Abdullah Al Hilali (Oman)

2008-03-19
Al-Wahda United Arab Emirates 2 – 2 Qatar Al-Sadd
Pinga Goal 17'
Al Shehhi Goal 85
Report Tenorio Goal 44'
Emerson Goal 71'
Al-Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 5,500
Referee: Ben Williams (Australia)

2008-04-09
Al-Sadd Qatar 0 – 2 Syria Al-Karamah
Report Al Hamwi Goal 69'
Jenyat Goal 73'
Al Sadd Stadium, Doha
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Malik Abdul Bashir (Singapore)

2008-04-23
Al-Wahda United Arab Emirates 2 – 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli Jeddah
Josiel Goal 35'84' Report Al Gizani Goal 81'
Al-Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Mark Shield (Australia)

2008-04-23
Al-Karamah Syria 1 – 0 Qatar Al-Sadd
Jenyat Goal 78' Report
Khaled bin Walid Stadium, Homs
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Matthew Breeze (Australia)

2008-05-07
Al-Wahda United Arab Emirates 1 – 0 Syria Al-Karamah
Al Shehhi Goal 90' Report
Al-Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Kazuhiko Matsumura (Japan)

2008-05-21
Al-Sadd Qatar 0 – 0 United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda
Report
Al Sadd Stadium, Doha
Attendance: 800
Referee: Lee Gi-Young (Korea Republic)

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Kuwait Al Qadisiya Kuwait 6 3 2 1 8 7 1 11
Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 6 3 2 1 13 6 7 11
Iraq Arbil 6 2 2 2 8 11 −3 8
Qatar Al-Gharafa 6 0 2 4 3 8 −5 2

2008-03-12
Arbil Iraq 1 – 1 Qatar Al-Gharafa
Muslim Mubarak Goal 61' Report Araújo Goal 13'
Prince Mohammed Stadium, Zarqa
Attendance: 250
Referee: Talaat Najm (Lebanon)

2008-03-19
Al-Gharafa Qatar 2 – 2 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor
Mahmoud Goal 57'
Araújo Goal 65'
Report Aliqulov Goal 68'
F. Tadjiyev Goal 78'
Al-Gharafa Stadium, Doha
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Lee Gi-Young (Korea Republic)

2008-04-09
Pakhtakor Uzbekistan 2 – 0 Iraq Arbil
Kholmatov Goal 47'
Geynrikh Goal 52' (pen.)
Report
MHSK Stadium, Tashkent
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)

2008-04-23
Arbil Iraq 1 – 5 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor
Sabah Goal 19' Report Siamand Goal 38' (o.g.)
Kuziboyev Goal 69'
Marković Goal 73'
Geynrikh Goal 81'
Kholmatov Goal 90+3'

2008-05-07
Al-Gharafa Qatar 0 – 1 Iraq Arbil
Report Alwan Goal 29'
Al-Gharafa Stadium, Doha
Attendance: 200
Referee: Muhsen Basma (Syria)

2008-05-21
Pakhtakor Uzbekistan 2 – 0 Qatar Al-Gharafa
Z. Tadjiyev Goal 19'
Ahmedov Goal 88' (pen.)
Report
MHSK Stadium, Tashkent
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Satop Tongkhan (Thailand)

2008-05-21
Arbil Iraq 4 – 2 Kuwait Al Qadisiya Kuwait
Salah Goal 52'70'79'
Alwan Goal 89'
Report Al Shammari Goal 23'
Al-Kandri Goal 34'

Group E[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Australia Adelaide United 6 4 2 0 9 2 7 14
China Changchun Yatai 6 3 3 0 10 3 7 12
South Korea Pohang Steelers 6 1 2 3 6 7 −1 5
Vietnam Bình Dương 6 0 1 5 4 17 −13 1



2008-04-23
Adelaide United Australia 4 – 1 Vietnam Bình Dương
Pantelis Goal 56'
Dodd Goal 58'62'
Diego Goal 77'
Report Phạm Minh Đức Goal 65'
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 13,802
Referee: Mohamed Al Hilali (Oman)



Group F[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Japan Kashima Antlers 6 5 0 1 28 3 25 15
China Beijing Guoan 6 4 0 2 14 9 5 12
Thailand Krung Thai Bank 6 2 1 3 20 27 −7 7
Vietnam Nam Định 6 0 1 5 4 27 −23 1

2008-03-12
Krung Thai Bank Thailand 1 – 9 Japan Kashima Antlers
Kone Goal 64' Report Tashiro Goal 15'50'
Iwamasa Goal 21'
Nozawa Goal 34'90+2'
Marquinhos Goal 47'69'71'
Sasaki Goal 73'

2008-03-19
Kashima Antlers Japan 6 – 0 Vietnam Nam Dinh
Motoyama Goal 25'48'
Marquinhos Goal 58'67'
Tashiro Goal 73'
Danilo Goal 90+2'
Report

2008-03-19
Beijing Guoan China 4 – 2 Thailand Krung Thai Bank
Du Wenhui Goal 39'73'
Martínez Goal 51'75'
Report Thansopa Goal 58'
Pichitchotirat Goal 63'
Beijing Fengtai Stadium, Beijing
Attendance: 14,000
Referee: Atallah Jatli (Kuwait)

2008-04-09
Krung Thai Bank Thailand 9 – 1 Vietnam Nam Dinh
Kone Goal 4'44'90+1'90+2'
Thansopa Goal 8'46'59'
Choeichiu Goal 64'
Wongsuparuk Goal 70'
Report Trần Đức Dương Goal 64'


2008-05-07
Kashima Antlers Japan 8 – 1 Thailand Krung Thai Bank
Iwamasa Goal 19'
Koroki Goal 21'
Tashiro Goal 45'
Nozawa Goal 46'66'
Ogasawara Goal 50'
Danilo Goal 74'83'
Report Pichitchotirat Goal 90'

2008-05-07
Beijing Guoan China 3 – 0 Vietnam Nam Dinh
Guo Hui Goal 14' (pen.)
Yang Hao Goal 32'78'
Report
Beijing Fengtai Stadium, Beijing
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Kadhum Auda (Iraq)

2008-05-21
Krung Thai Bank Thailand 5 – 3 China Beijing Guoan
Thansopa Goal 10'44'49'69' (pen.)
Pichitchotirat Goal 27'
Report Tiago Goal 67' (pen.)70'77' (pen.)
Notes

Group G[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Japan Gamba Osaka 6 4 2 0 14 8 6 14
Australia Melbourne Victory 6 2 1 3 10 11 −1 7
South Korea Chunnam Dragons 6 1 3 2 8 10 −2 6
Thailand Chonburi 6 1 2 3 7 10 −3 5

2008-03-12
Gamba Osaka Japan 1 – 1 Thailand Chonburi
Lucas Goal 90+4' Report Sunthornpit Goal 59'
Osaka Expo '70 Stadium, Suita
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Hedayat Mombeni (Iran)

2008-03-19
Chunnam Dragons South Korea 3 – 4 Japan Gamba Osaka
Simões Goal 4'
Kim Tae-Su Goal 27'60' (pen.)
Report Futagawa Goal 30'
Bando Goal 53'75'
Yasuda Goal 58'

2008-03-19
Chonburi Thailand 3 – 1 Australia Melbourne Victory
Ney Fabiano Goal 45'
Baga Goal 79'90+5'
Report Allsopp Goal 57'
Suphachalasai Stadium, Bangkok2
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Kadhum Auda (Iraq)

2008-04-09
Melbourne Victory Australia 3 – 4 Japan Gamba Osaka
Allsopp Goal 4'65'
Vargas Goal 41'
Report Futagawa Goal 31'
Baré Goal 38'
Yamaguchi Goal 68'
Lucas Goal 89'
Telstra Dome, Melbourne
Attendance: 26,857
Referee: Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (Malaysia)


2008-05-07
Chonburi Thailand 0 – 2 Japan Gamba Osaka
Report Yamazaki Goal 64'
Lucas Goal 76'
Suphachalasai Stadium, Bangkok2
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Abdulrahman Abdou (Qatar)

Notes

Knockout stage[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                                       
  1  Syria Al-Karamah 1 0 1  
8  Japan Gamba Osaka 2 2 4  
     Japan Gamba Osaka 1 3 4  
     Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 1 1 2  
4  Kuwait Al Qadisiya Kuwait 3 0 3
  5  Japan Urawa Red Diamonds (2007 Champion) 2 2 4  
       Japan Gamba Osaka 3 2 5
     Australia Adelaide United 0 0 0
  3  Japan Kashima Antlers 1 0 1  
6  Australia Adelaide United 1 1 2  
     Australia Adelaide United 3 0 3
     Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 0 1 1  
2  Iran Saipa 2 1 3
  7  Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 2 5 7  

Quarter-finals[edit]

The first leg matches were played on 17 September, and the second leg matches were played on 24 September 2008.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Saipa Iran 3–7 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 2–2 1–5
Kashima Antlers Japan 1–2 Australia Adelaide United 1–1 0–1
Al Qadisiya Kuwait Kuwait 3–4 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 3–2 0–2
Al-Karamah Syria 1–4 Japan Gamba Osaka 1–2 0–2

Semi-finals[edit]

The first leg matches were played on 8 October, and the second leg matches were played on 22 October 2008.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Gamba Osaka Japan 4–2 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 1–1 3–1
Adelaide United Australia 3–1 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 3–0 0–1

Final[edit]

The first and second legs of the final were played on 5 November and 12 November 2008, respectively.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Gamba Osaka Japan 5–0 Australia Adelaide United 3–0 2–0

Winners[edit]

AFC Champions League
2008 Winners
Flag of Japan
Gamba Osaka
1st Title

Top scorers[edit]

The top scorers from the 2008 AFC Champions League are as follows:

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Thailand Nantawat Thansopa Thailand Krung Thai Bank 9
2 Brazil Lucas Japan Gamba Osaka 6
3 Brazil Marquinhos Japan Kashima Antlers 5
Japan Masato Yamazaki Japan Gamba Osaka
Ivory Coast Kone Kassim Thailand Krung Thai Bank
Japan Yuzo Tashiro Japan Kashima Antlers
Brazil Danilo Japan Kashima Antlers
8 Japan Takuya Nozawa Japan Kashima Antlers 4
Brazil Tiago China Beijing Guoan
Chile Villanueva Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
Brazil Diego Walsh Australia Adelaide United

Fair Play Award[edit]

Japan Gamba Osaka

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]