2010 AFC Champions League

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2010 AFC Champions League
Tournament details
Dates 30 January – 13 November 2010
Teams 37 (from 15 associations)
Final positions
Champions South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (2nd title)
Runners-up Iran Zob Ahan F.C.
Tournament statistics
Matches played 122
Goals scored 343 (2.81 per match)
Attendance 1,442,242 (11,822 per match)
Top scorer(s) Brazil José Mota
(Suwon Bluewings; 9 goals)
Best player Australia Saša Ognenovski
(Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma)
2009
2011

The 2010 AFC Champions League was the 29th edition of the top-level Asian club football tournament organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and the 8th under the current AFC Champions League title. The Final was held at the Olympic Stadium, Tokyo on November 13, 2010.[1] The winner, Seongnam Ilhwa qualified for the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup in UAE.

Qualification[edit]

The preliminary qualification scheme for the AFC 2010 was released in 2008.[2] A total of 38 clubs were due to participate in the 2010 AFC Champions League (eventually reduced to 37).

AFC assessment ranking[edit]

Allocation of entries[edit]

Qualifying play-off (8 teams)
However, Kuwait Al Kuwait, the 2009 AFC Cup winners, were removed as their league did not meet the Champions League criteria.
Group stage (32 teams)

Qualifying teams[edit]

The following is the list of participants confirmed by the AFC.[3][4]

West Asia (Groups A–D)
Team Qualifying method App* Last App
Iran Esteghlal 2008–09 Persian Gulf Cup champions 3rd 2009
Iran Zob Ahan 2008–09 Persian Gulf Cup runners-up
2008–09 Hazfi Cup winners
2nd 2004
Iran Mes Kerman 2008–09 Persian Gulf Cup 3rd place 1st
Iran Sepahan 2008–09 Persian Gulf Cup 4th place 6th 2009
Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 2008–09 Saudi Professional League champions 6th 2009
Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 2009 King Cup of Champions winners 5th 2009
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 2008–09 Saudi Professional League runners-up 6th 2009
Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 2008–09 Saudi Professional League 3rd place 4th 2008
United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli 2008–09 UAE Pro-League champions 4th 2009
United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 2008–09 UAE Presidents Cup winners 6th 2007
United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira 2008–09 UAE Pro-League runners-up 2nd 2009
Qatar Al-Gharafa 2008–09 Qatar Stars League champions
2009 Emir of Qatar Cup winners
5th 2009
Qatar Al-Sadd 2008–09 Qatar Stars League runners-up 7th 2008
Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 2009 Uzbek League champions 3rd 2009
Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 2009 Uzbekistani Cup winners 8th 2009
Qualifying play-off participants
India Churchill Brothers 2008–09 I-League champions 2nd 2002–03
Syria Al-Karamah 2009 AFC Cup runners-up 4th 2008
United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda 2008–09 UAE Pro-League 4th place 5th 2008
East Asia (Groups E–H)
Team Qualifying method App* Last App
China Beijing Guoan 2009 Chinese Super League champions 3rd 2009
China Changchun Yatai 2009 Chinese Super League runners-up 2nd 2008
China Henan Construction 2009 Chinese Super League 3rd place 1st
China Shandong Luneng Taishan 2009 Chinese Super League 4th place 4th 2009
Japan Kashima Antlers 2009 J. League Division 1 champions 4th 2009
Japan Kawasaki Frontale 2009 J. League Division 1 runners-up 3rd 2009
Japan Gamba Osaka 2009 J. League Division 1 3rd place
2009–10 Emperor's Cup winners
4th 2009
Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2009 J. League Division 1 4th place 1st
South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2009 K-League champions 4th 2007
South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2009 Korean FA Cup winners 3rd 2009
South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 2009 K-League runners-up 4th 2007
South Korea Pohang Steelers 2009 K-League 3rd place 3rd 2009
Australia Melbourne Victory 2008–09 A-League premiers
2009 A-League Grand Final winners
2nd 2008
Australia Adelaide United 2008–09 A-League regular season runners-up 3rd 2008
Indonesia Persipura Jayapura 2008–09 Indonesia Super League champions 1st
Qualifying play-off participants
Indonesia Sriwijaya 2008–09 Piala Indonesia winners 2nd 2009
Singapore Singapore Armed Forces 2009 S.League champions 2nd 2009
Thailand Muangthong United 2009 Thai Premier League champions 1st
Vietnam Đà Nẵng 2009 V-League champions 2nd 2006

* Number of appearances (including qualifying rounds) since the 2002/03 season, when the competition was rebranded as the AFC Champions League

Schedule[edit]

The ACL 2010 schedule was released on 17 July 2009.[5] It will have the same format as the 2009 AFC Champions League.

Date Event
Dec 7 Draw for qualifying play-off, group stage, and round of 16
Jan 30 Qualifying play-off semi-finals
Feb 6 Qualifying play-off finals
Feb 23 & 24 Group stage Match Day 1
Mar 9 & 10 Group stage Match Day 2
Mar 23 & 24 Group stage Match Day 3
Mar 30 & 31 Group stage Match Day 4
Apr 13 & 14 Group stage Match Day 5
Date Event
Apr 27 & 28 Group stage Match Day 6
May 11 & 12 Round of 16
May 25 Draw for remaining rounds[6]
Sep 15 Quarter-finals 1st leg
Sep 22 Quarter-finals 2nd leg
Oct 6 Semi-finals 1st leg
Oct 20 Semi-finals 2nd leg
Nov 13 Final (National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan)[1]

Qualifying play-off[edit]

The teams have been divided into two zones. East has four teams while West has three after AFC Cup champions Kuwait SC's failure to fulfil the criteria set by AFC to compete in the play-offs.[7] The draw for the qualifying play-off was held on December 7, 2009 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[8] All losers from the qualifying play-off will enter the 2010 AFC Cup.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Asia Semi-final
Al-Karamah Syria 0–1 United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda
West Asia Final
Al-Wahda United Arab Emirates 5–2 India Churchill Brothers
East Asia Semi-finals
Singapore Armed Forces Singapore 3–0 Indonesia Sriwijaya
SHB Đà Nẵng Vietnam 0–3 Thailand Muangthong United
East Asia Final
Singapore Armed Forces Singapore 0–0 (aet)
(4–3p)
Thailand Muangthong United

Group stage[edit]

The draw for the group stage was held on December 7, 2009 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[8]

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
Qatar Al-Gharafa 6 4 1 1 11 9 +2 13
Iran Esteghlal 6 3 2 1 9 5 +4 11
Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 6 2 0 4 11 9 +2 6
United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira 6 1 1 4 6 14 −8 4
  AHL GHA JAZ EST
Al-Ahli 0–1 5–1 1–2
Al-Gharafa 3–2 4–2 1–1
Al-Jazira 0–2 1–2 2–1
Esteghlal 2–1 3–0 0–0

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Iran Zob Ahan 6 4 1 1 8 3 +5 13
Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 6 3 1 2 10 7 +3 10
Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad Jeddah 6 2 2 2 9 7 +2 8
United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda 6 1 0 5 3 13 −10 3
  ITT WAH BUN ZOB
Al-Ittihad 4–0 1–1 2–2
Al-Wahda 0–2 1–2 1–0
Bunyodkor 3–0 4–1 0–1
Zob Ahan 1–0 1–0 3–0

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 10
Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 6 3 0 3 8 10 −2 9
Iran Sepahan 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 8
United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 6 2 1 3 8 8 0 7
  AIN SHB PAK SEP
Al-Ain 2–1 0–1 2–0
Al-Shabab 3–2 2–1 1–1
Pakhtakor 3–2 1–3 2–1
Sepahan 0–0 1–0 2–0

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 6 3 2 1 11 7 +4 11
Iran Mes Kerman 6 3 0 3 13 13 0 9
Qatar Al-Sadd 6 2 2 2 12 9 +3 8
United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli 6 1 2 3 9 16 −7 5
  AHL HIL SAD MES
Al-Ahli 2–3 0–5 2–1
Al-Hilal 1–1 0–0 3–1
Al-Sadd 2–2 0–3 4–1
Mes Kerman 4–2 3–1 3–1

Group E[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 6 5 0 1 11 6 +5 15
China Beijing Guoan 6 3 1 2 7 5 +2 10
Japan Kawasaki Frontale 6 2 0 4 8 8 0 6
Australia Melbourne Victory 6 1 1 4 3 10 −7 4
  BEI KAW MEL SEO
Beijing Guoan 2–0 1–0 0–1
Kawasaki Frontale 1–3 4–0 3–0
Melbourne Victory 0–0 1–0 0–2
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 3–1 2–0 3–2

Group F[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Japan Kashima Antlers 6 6 0 0 14 3 +11 18
South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 6 4 0 2 17 6 +11 12
China Changchun Yatai 6 1 0 5 10 7 +3 3
Indonesia Persipura Jayapura 6 1 0 5 4 29 −25 3
  CHA JEO KAS JAY
Changchun Yatai 1–2 0–1 9–0
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1–0 1–2 8–0
Kashima Antlers 1–0 2–1 5–0
Persipura Jayapura 2–0 1–4 1–3

Group G[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
South Korea Suwon Bluewings 6 4 1 1 13 4 +9 13
Japan Gamba Osaka 6 3 3 0 11 5 +6 12
Singapore Singapore Armed Forces 6 1 1 4 6 16 −10 4
China Henan Construction 6 0 3 3 3 8 −5 3
  OSA HEN SAF SUW
Gamba Osaka 1–1 3–0 2–1
Henan Construction 1–1 0–0 0–2
Singapore Armed Forces 2–4 2–1 0–2
Suwon Bluewings 0–0 2–0 6–2

Group H[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Australia Adelaide United 6 3 1 2 6 4 +2 10
South Korea Pohang Steelers 6 3 1 2 8 7 +1 10
Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima 6 3 0 3 11 11 0 9
China Shandong Luneng 6 2 0 4 5 8 −3 6
  ADE POH HIR SHA
Adelaide United 1–0 3–2 0–1
Pohang Steelers 0–0 2–1 1–0
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1–0 4–3 0–1
Shandong Luneng 0–2 1–2 2–3

Knockout stage[edit]

Round of 16[edit]

The draw for the round of 16 was held on December 7, 2009, along with the draw for the qualifying play-off and group stage. The matches were played on May 11 and 12, 2010.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Asia
Al-Gharafa Qatar 1–0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor
Al-Shabab Saudi Arabia 3–2 Iran Esteghlal
Zob Ahan Iran 1–0 Iran Mes Kerman
Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia 3–0 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
East Asia
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma South Korea 3–0 Japan Gamba Osaka
Suwon Samsung Bluewings South Korea 2–0 China Beijing Guoan
Kashima Antlers Japan 0–1 South Korea Pohang Steelers
Adelaide United Australia 2–3 (aet) South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors

Quarter-finals[edit]

The draw for the remaining rounds was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 25, 2010.[9] Because of the country protection rule, if there are two clubs from the same country, they will not face each other in the quarter-finals. Therefore, the two clubs from Saudi Arabia may not be drawn with each other in the quarter-finals. However, the same rule does not apply if there are more than two clubs from the country. Therefore, the four clubs from the Korea Republic may be drawn with each other in the quarter-finals.[10]

The first legs were played on September 15, and the second legs were played on September 22, 2010.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia 5–4 Qatar Al-Gharafa 3–0 2–4 (aet)
Zob Ahan Iran 3–2 South Korea Pohang Steelers 2–1 1–1
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors South Korea 1–2 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 0–2 1–0
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma South Korea 4–3 South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 4–1 0–2

Semi-finals[edit]

The first legs were played on October 5 and 6, and the second legs were played on October 20, 2010.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Shabab Saudi Arabia 4–4 (a) South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 4–3 0–1
Zob Ahan Iran 2–0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 1–0 1–0

Final[edit]

The final was played on November 13, 2010. It was a one-leg match played at the National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan.

13 November 2010
19:00 (JST)
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma South Korea 3 – 1 Iran Zob Ahan
Saša Goal 29'
Cho Byung-Kuk Goal 53'
Kim Cheol-Ho Goal 83'
Report Khalatbari Goal 67'
National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo
Attendance: 27,308
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)
AFC Champions League
2010 Winners
South Korea
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
Second Title

Top scorers[edit]

Note: Goals scored in qualifying round not counted.

Rank Player Club MD1 MD2 MD3 MD4 MD5 MD6 R16 QF1 QF2 SF1 SF2 0F0 Total
1 Brazil José Mota South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1 2 1 1 2 2 9
2 Colombia Mauricio Molina South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 1 1 2 1 2 7
3 Brazil Denilson Uzbekistan FC Bunyodkor 1 2 2 5
Iran Mohammad Reza Khalatbari Iran Zob Ahan 1 1 1 1 1 5
Iran Farhad Majidi Iran Esteghlal 2 2 1 5
Brazil Leandro Qatar Al-Sadd 3 2 5
Angola Flávio Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 2 2 1 5
Brazil Araújo Qatar Al-Gharafa 1 3 1 5
Brazil Eninho South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1 2 2 5
Iran Mehdi Rajabzadeh Iran Mes Kerman / Iran Zob Ahan 2 1 1 1 5
Saudi Arabia Yasser Al-Qahtani Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 2 1 1 1 5

Notes and references[edit]

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