2009 AFC Cup

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2009 AFC Cup
Tournament details
Dates 10 March – 3 November 2009
Teams 29+3 (from 17 associations)
Final positions
Champions Kuwait Al Kuwait
Runners-up Syria Al Karamah
Tournament statistics
Matches played 117
Goals scored 334 (2.85 per match)
Attendance 569,263 (4,865 per match)
Top scorer(s) Nigeria Robert Akaruye
Syria Mohamad Hamwi
Syria Jehad Al Hussain
Vietnam Huỳnh Kesley Alves (8 goals)
2008
2010

The 2009 AFC Cup was the 6th season of the AFC Cup and is competed among clubs from nations who are members of the Asian Football Confederation.

With the Asian Football Confederation reviewed the format of the AFC Champions League and made significant changes to way the competition is run, the teams that qualified for the AFC Cup is also from different countries compared to the previous editions.

Allocation of entries per association[edit]

A total of 32 clubs will participate in the 2009 AFC Cup. Below is the qualification scheme for the 2009 AFC Cup.

Participating Countries in Region[edit]

Following are the 2009 AFC Cup Participants.[1]

West Asia
Team Qualifying method
Bahrain Al-Muharraq1 2008 AFC Cup winners
2007–08 Bahraini Premier League winners
2008 Bahraini King's Cup winners
Bahrain Busaiteen 2007–08 Bahraini Premier League runners-up
India Mohun Bagan AC 2008 Indian Federation Cup winners
Iraq Arbil 2007–08 Iraqi Premier League champions
Iraq Al-Zawraa 2007–08 Iraqi Premier League runners-up
Jordan Al-Wihdat 2007–08 Jordan League champions
Jordan Al-Faisaly 2007–08 Jordan FA Cup winners
Kuwait Al-Kuwait 2007–08 Kuwaiti Premier League champions
Kuwait Al-Arabi 2008 Kuwait Emir Cup winners
Lebanon Safa1 2008 AFC Cup runners-up
Lebanon Al-Ahed 2007–08 Lebanese Premier League champions
Lebanon Al-Mabarrah 2007–08 Lebanese FA Cup winners
Oman Al-Oruba 2007–08 Omani League champions
Oman Al-Suwaiq 2008 Sultan Qaboos Cup winners
Syria Al-Karamah 2007–08 Syrian Premier League champions
2007–08 Syrian Cup winners
Syria Al-Majd 2007–08 Syrian Premier League runners-up
Uzbekistan Neftchi Farg'ona 2008 Uzbek League 3rd place
Yemen Al-Hilal Al-Sahili 2007–08 Yemeni League champions
Yemen Al-Tilal 2007 Yemeni President Cup winners
India Dempo 2009 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off losers
East Asia
Team Qualifying method
Hong Kong South China 2007–08 Hong Kong First Division League champions
Hong Kong Eastern 2007 Hong Kong Senior Challenge Shield winners
Malaysia Kedah FA 2007–08 Super League Malaysia champions
2008 Malaysia FA Cup winners
Malaysia Johor FC 2007–08 Super League Malaysia 3rd place
Maldives Club Valencia 2008 Dhivehi League champions
Maldives VB Sports Club 2008 Maldives FA Cup winners
Singapore Home United 2008 S.League 3rd place
Thailand Chonburi 2008 Thailand Premier League runners-up
Vietnam Binh Duong1 2008 V-League champions
Vietnam Hanoi ACB 2007–08 Vietnamese Cup winners
Indonesia PSMS Medan 2009 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off losers
Thailand PEA 2009 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off losers
1 These clubs had qualified for the 2009 AFC Champions League, but were removed as their nations did not meet AFC Criteria.

Round and draw dates[edit]

Date[2] Match
January 12 Draw for group stage
March 10 Group stage Matchday 1
March 17 Group stage Matchday 2
April 7 Group stage Matchday 3
April 21 Group stage Matchday 4
May 5 Group stage Matchday 5
May 19 Group stage Matchday 6
May 26 Round of 16, West Asia
Date Event
June 23 Round of 16, East Asia
June 29 Draw for remaining rounds
September 15 Quarter-finals 1st leg
September 30 Quarter-finals 2nd leg
October 15 Semi-finals 1st leg
October 21 Semi-finals 2nd leg
November 3 Final[3]

Group stage[edit]

The draw for the group stage was held on January 12, 2009 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Each club plays double round-robin (home and away) against fellow three group members, a total of 6 matches each. Clubs receive 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss. The clubs are ranked according to points and tie breakers are in following order:

  1. Greater number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  2. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned; (Away goals do not apply)
  3. Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned; (Away goals do not apply)
  4. Goal difference in all the group matches;
  5. Greater number of goals scored in all the group matches;
  6. Kicks from the penalty mark if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play;
  7. Fewer score calculated according to the number of yellow and red cards received in the group matches; (1 point for each yellow card, 3 points for each red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for each direct red card, 4 points for each yellow card followed by a direct red card)
  8. Drawing of lots.

Winners and runners-up of each group will qualify for the next round.

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Bahrain Busaiteen 6 3 3 0 14 7 +7 12
Uzbekistan Neftchi Farg'ona 6 3 2 1 12 9 +3 11
Lebanon Al-Ahed 6 2 1 3 13 10 +3 7
Yemen Al-Tilal 6 1 0 5 3 16 −13 3
  AHD TIL BUS NEF
Al-Ahed 3–0 1–1 5–1
Al-Tilal 2–1 1–3 0–5
Busaiteen 4–2 3–0 2–2
Neftchi Farg'ona 2–1 1–0 1–1

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Iraq Al-Zawraa 6 4 1 1 8 3 +5 13
Lebanon Safa 6 4 0 2 5 3 +2 12
Yemen Al-Hilal Al-Sahili 6 2 1 3 5 7 −2 7
Oman Al-Suwaiq 6 1 0 5 3 8 −5 3
  HIL SUW ZAW SAF
Al-Hilal Al-Sahili 2–0 1–1 0–1
Al-Suwaiq 3–1 0–1 0–1
Al-Zawraa 2–0 2–0 2–1
Safa 0–1 1–0 1–0

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Kuwait Al-Arabi 6 3 2 1 11 6 +5 11
Iraq Arbil 6 2 2 2 8 7 +1 8
Oman Al-Oruba 6 2 2 2 6 7 −1 8
Lebanon Al-Mabarrah 6 2 0 4 7 12 −5 6
  ARB MAB ORU ARL
Al-Arabi 4–2 2–0 2–0
Al-Mabarrah 2–1 0–1 1–0
Al-Oruba 1–1 3–0 1–1
Arbil 1–1 3–2 3–0

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Kuwait Al-Kuwait 6 4 1 1 12 4 +8 13
Syria Al-Karamah 6 4 0 2 12 7 +5 12
Jordan Al-Wahdat 6 3 1 2 12 7 +5 10
India Mohun Bagan 6 0 0 6 1 19 −18 0
  KAR KUW WAH MOH
Al-Karamah 2–1 3–1 1–0
Al-Kuwait 2–1 1–0 6–0
Al-Wahdat 3–1 1–1 5–0
Mohun Bagan 0–4 0–1 1–2

Group E[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Syria Al-Majd 6 4 1 1 12 9 +3 13
India Dempo 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 10
Bahrain Al-Muharraq 6 1 3 2 7 8 −1 6
Jordan Al-Faisaly 6 1 1 4 11 15 −4 4
  FAI MAJ MHQ DEM
Al-Faisaly 1-2 3–2 3–4
Al-Majd 4-3 1-1 2-1
Al-Muharraq 0–0 2–3 1–1
Dempo 3–1 1–0 0–1

Group F[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Hong Kong South China 6 5 1 0 15 5 +10 16
Indonesia PSMS Medan 6 4 1 1 9 7 +2 13
Maldives VB 6 1 1 4 5 7 −2 4
Malaysia Johor FC 6 0 1 5 2 12 −10 1
  JFC MED SC VB
Johor FC 0–1 1–4 0–0
PSMS Medan 3–1 2–2 1–0
South China 2–0 3–0 2–1
VB 2–0 1–2 1–2

Group G[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Thailand Chonburi 6 5 0 1 17 4 +13 15
Malaysia Kedah 6 2 1 3 14 10 +4 7
Hong Kong Eastern 6 2 1 3 9 13 −4 7
Vietnam Hanoi ACB 6 2 0 4 6 19 −13 6
  CHO EAS HAN KED
Chonburi 4–1 6–0 3–1
Eastern 2–1 3–0 3–3
Hanoi ACB 0–2 3–0 3–1
Kedah 0–1 2–0 7–0

Group H[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Vietnam Binh Duong 6 4 1 1 15 4 +11 13
Singapore Home United 6 4 0 2 12 7 +5 12
Thailand PEA 6 3 1 2 12 10 +2 10
Maldives Club Valencia 6 0 0 6 3 21 −18 0
  BD VAL HU PEA
Binh Duong 3–0 2–0 1–1
Club Valencia 0–5 0–1 1–3
Home United 2–1 5–1 3–1
PEA 1–3 4–1 2–1

Knockout stage[edit]

Round of 16[edit]

The draw for the round of 16 of the 2009 AFC Cup was held on 12 January 2009, along with the draw for the group stage. The Western Asia matches were played on 26 May, while the Eastern Asia matches were played on 23 June.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Asia
Busaiteen Bahrain 1–2 (aet) Syria Al-Karamah
Al-Zawraa Iraq 1–3 Iraq Arbil
Al-Arabi Kuwait 2–1 (aet) Lebanon Safa
Al-Kuwait Kuwait 3–1 India Dempo
Al-Majd Syria 0–0 (aet)
(1–3 p)
Uzbekistan Neftchi Farg'ona
East Asia
South China Hong Kong 4–0 Singapore Home United
Chonburi Thailand 4–0 Indonesia PSMS Medan
Binh Duong Vietnam 8–2 Malaysia Kedah

Quarter-finals[edit]

The draw for the quarter-finals and the remaining knockout rounds took place at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on June 29, 2009 starting 7:30 pm. The first leg matches were played on 15 September, with the second leg matches played on 30 September.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Kuwait Kuwait 2–1 Iraq Arbil 1–1 1–0
Neftchi Farg'ona Uzbekistan 5–5 (a) Hong Kong South China 5–4 0–1
Chonburi Thailand 2–4 Vietnam Binh Duong 2–2 0–2
Al-Karamah Syria 0–0 (5–4 p) Kuwait Al-Arabi 0–0 0–0 (aet)

Semi-finals[edit]

The first leg matches were played on 15 October, with the second leg matches played on 21 October.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Kuwait Kuwait 3–1 Hong Kong South China 2–1 1–0
Binh Duong Vietnam 2–4 Syria Al-Karamah 2–1 0–3

Final[edit]

Main article: 2009 AFC Cup Final

The 2009 AFC Cup Final was played on November 3 at the home ground of Al Kuwait.[4]

2009-11-03
19:30 UTC+3
Al-Kuwait Kuwait 2 – 1 Syria Al-Karamah
Hakem Goal 16'
Sulaiman Goal 90+4'
Report Al Shbli Goal 82'
Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City
Attendance: 17,400
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)
AFC Cup
2009 Winners
Kuwait
Al Kuwait
First Title

Statistics[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Club MD1 MD2 MD3 MD4 MD5 MD6 R16 QF1 QF2 SF1 SF2  F  Total
1 Nigeria Robert Akaruye Bahrain Busaiteen 2 2 1 2 1 8
Syria Mohamad Hamwi Syria Al-Karamah 1 2 1 1 3 8
Syria Jehad Al Hussain Kuwait Al-Kuwait 3 1 1 3 8
Vietnam Huỳnh Kesley Alves Vietnam Binh Duong 1 1 1 1 4 8
5 Brazil Cacá Hong Kong South China 1 1 2 2 1 7
6 Ivory Coast Mohamed Koné Thailand Chonburi 1 1 1 3 6
Uzbekistan Alisher Halikov Uzbekistan Neftchi Farg'ona 1 1 1 3 6
8 Jordan Mo'ayyad Abu Keshek Jordan Al-Faisaly 2 1 1 1 5
Malaysia Mohd Azrul Ahmad Malaysia Kedah 1 3 1 5
Nigeria Ranty Martins Soleye India Dempo 1 2 2 5
Syria Firas Al Khatib Kuwait Al-Arabi 1 1 2 1 5
Thailand Pipob On-Mo Thailand Chonburi 1 1 2 1 5
Vietnam Nguyễn Vũ Phong Vietnam Binh Duong 1 2 1 1 5

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