2011 AFC Champions League

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2011 AFC Champions League
Tournament details
Dates 12 February – 5 November 2011
Teams 36 (from 13 associations)
Final positions
Champions Qatar Al-Sadd (2nd title)
Runners-up South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Tournament statistics
Matches played 121
Goals scored 338 (2.79 per match)
Attendance 1,294,388 (10,697 per match)
Top scorer(s) South Korea Lee Dong-Gook
(9 goals)
Best player South Korea Lee Dong-Gook
2010
2012

The 2011 AFC Champions League was the 30th edition of the top-level Asian club football tournament organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and the 9th under the current AFC Champions League title. The winner, Al-Sadd qualified for the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan.

Allocation of entries per association[edit]

The AFC has approved criteria for participation in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.[1] The final decision date was set after the Executive Committee meeting in November 2010.[2]

On 30 November 2009, the AFC announced 12 more MA's that were keen to join the ACL, in addition to ten participating national associations. Singapore later withdrew. The full list of candidate associations were as follows:

East Asia
West Asia

Note: Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and India have clubs taking part in play-offs to qualify for the group stages of ACL in 2010.

Entrants per association[edit]

The allocation for entry to the 2011 ACL stayed the same as the previous two seasons with the exception of Vietnam who were disqualifed and their previous playoff slot was awarded to Qatar.[4]

The finalists of the 2010 AFC Cup also participated in the play-off, provided that they meet the Champions League criteria.

Qualifying teams[edit]

The following is the list of direct entrants for the group stage confirmed by the AFC.[6]

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

The following is the list of participants for the playoff stage confirmed by the AFC.[7] The committee further proposed that one team be shifted by the means of a draw from the West to the East for sake of balance.

Schedule[edit]

Schedule of dates for 2011 competition.[8]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying play-offs Semi-finals 7 December 2010
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)[9]
12–13 February 2011
Finals 19 February 2011
Group stage Matchday 1 1–2 March 2011
Matchday 2 15–16 March 2011
Matchday 3 5–6 April 2011
Matchday 4 19–20 April 2011
Matchday 5 3–4 May 2011
Matchday 6 10–11 May 2011
Knockout phase Round of 16 24–25 May 2011
Quarter-finals 7 June 2011
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)[10]
14 September 2011 27–28 September 2011
Semi-finals 19 October 2011 26 October 2011
Final 4 or 5 November 2011 at home of one of the finalists

Qualifying play-off[edit]

The draw for the qualifying play-off was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 7 December 2010.[11] In order to create balance another draw was held, moving one of the teams (Al-Ain) from the West into the East side of the play-offs.[12]

The two winners from the qualifying play-off (one from West Asia and one from East Asia) advanced to the group stage. All losers from the qualifying play-off entered the 2011 AFC Cup group stage.[13]

West Asia[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Semi-final
Al-Sadd Qatar 5–1 Syria Al-Ittihad
Final
Al-Sadd Qatar 2–0 India Dempo

East Asia[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Semi-final
Sriwijaya Indonesia 2–2 (aet)
(7–6 p)
Thailand Muangthong United
Final
Sriwijaya Indonesia 0–4 United Arab Emirates Al-Ain

Group stage[edit]

The draw for the group stage was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 7 December 2010.[11][14] Clubs from the same country may not be drawn into the same group.[12] The winners and runners-up of each group advanced to the knockout stage.[13]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Iran Sepahan 6 4 1 1 14 5 +9 13
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 6 4 1 1 11 6 +5 13
Qatar Al-Gharafa 6 2 1 3 6 7 −1 7
United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira 6 0 1 5 7 20 −13 1
  GHA HIL JAZ SEP
Al-Gharafa 0–1 5–2 1–0
Al-Hilal 2–0 3–1 1–2
Al-Jazira 0–0 2–3 1–4
Sepahan 2–0 1–1 5–1
Tiebreakers[13]
  • Sepahan and Al-Hilal are ranked by their head-to-head records: Sepahan (4 pts), Al-Hilal (1 pt).

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Qatar Al-Sadd 6 2 4 0 8 6 +2 10
Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 6 2 2 2 10 7 +3 8
Iran Esteghlal 6 2 2 2 11 10 +1 8
Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 6 1 2 3 8 14 −6 5
  NAS SAD EST PAK
Al-Nassr 1–1 2–1 4–0
Al-Sadd 1–0 2–2 2–1
Esteghlal 2–1 1–1 4–2
Pakhtakor 2–2 1–1 2–1
Tiebreakers[13]
  • Al-Nassr and Esteghlal are also tied on their head-to-head records (3 pts, 0 GD, 3 GF), and so are ranked by their overall goal difference.

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 6 3 2 1 10 5 +5 11
Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 6 2 3 1 8 6 +2 9
United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda 6 1 3 2 6 8 −2 6
Iran Persepolis 6 1 2 3 6 11 −5 5
  ITT WAH BUN PER
Al-Ittihad 0–0 1–1 3–1
Al-Wahda 0–3 1–1 2–0
Bunyodkor 0–1 3–2 0–0
Persepolis 3–2 1–1 1–3

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Iran Zob Ahan 6 4 1 1 7 3 +4 13
Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 6 3 2 1 8 4 +4 11
United Arab Emirates Emirates 6 2 0 4 6 10 −4 6
Qatar Al-Rayyan 6 1 1 4 4 8 −4 4
  RAY SHA EMI ZOB
Al-Rayyan 1–1 2–0 1–3
Al-Shabab 1–0 4–1 0–0
Emirates 2–0 2–1 0–1
Zob Ahan 1–0 0–1 2–1

Group E[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Japan Gamba Osaka 6 3 1 2 13 7 +6 10
China Tianjin Teda 6 3 1 2 8 6 +2 10
South Korea Jeju United 6 2 1 3 6 10 −4 7
Australia Melbourne Victory 6 1 3 2 7 11 −4 6
  GAM JEJ MEL TIA
Gamba Osaka 3–1 5–1 2–0
Jeju United 2–1 1–1 0–1
Melbourne Victory 1–1 1–2 2–1
Tianjin Teda 2–1 3–0 1–1
Tiebreakers[13]
  • Gamba Osaka and Tianjin Teda are ranked by their head-to-head records: Gamba Osaka (3 pts, +1 GD), Tianjin Teda (3 pts, −1 GD).

Group F[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
South Korea FC Seoul 6 3 2 1 9 4 +5 11
Japan Nagoya Grampus 6 3 1 2 9 6 +3 10
United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 6 2 1 3 4 9 −5 7
China Hangzhou Greentown 6 1 2 3 3 6 −3 5
  AIN HAN NAG SEO
Al-Ain 1–0 3–1 0–1
Hangzhou Greentown 0–0 2–0 1–1
Nagoya Grampus 4–0 1–0 1–1
FC Seoul 3–0 3–0 0–2

Group G[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 6 5 0 1 14 2 +12 15
Japan Cerezo Osaka 6 4 0 2 11 4 +7 12
China Shandong Luneng 6 2 1 3 9 8 +1 7
Indonesia Arema 6 0 1 5 2 22 −20 1
  ARE CER JEO SHL
Arema 0–4 0–4 1–1
Cerezo Osaka 2–1 1–0 4–0
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 6–0 1–0 1–0
Shandong Luneng 5–0 2–0 1–2

Group H[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 6 3 3 0 12 3 +9 12
Japan Kashima Antlers 6 3 3 0 9 3 +6 12
Australia Sydney FC 6 1 2 3 6 11 −5 5
China Shanghai Shenhua 6 0 2 4 3 13 −10 2
  KSH SHS SUW SYD
Kashima Antlers 2–0 1–1 2–1
Shanghai Shenhua 0–0 0–3 2–3
Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1–1 4–0 3–1
Sydney FC 0–3 1–1 0–0
Tiebreakers[13]
  • Suwon Samsung Bluewings and Kashima Antlers are also tied on their head-to-head records (2 pts, 0 GD, 2 GF), and so are ranked by their overall goal difference.

Knockout stage[edit]

Round of 16[edit]

Based on the results from the group stage, the matchups of the round of 16 were decided as below.[15] Each tie was played as one match, hosted by the winners of each group (Team 1) against the runners-up of another group (Team 2).[12]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Sepahan Iran 3–1 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 3–1 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Al-Sadd Qatar 1–0 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
Zob Ahan Iran 4–1 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
Gamba Osaka Japan 0–1 Japan Cerezo Osaka
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors South Korea 3–0 China Tianjin Teda
FC Seoul South Korea 3–0 Japan Kashima Antlers
Suwon Samsung Bluewings South Korea 2–0 Japan Nagoya Grampus

Quarter-finals[edit]

The draw for the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and final was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 7 June 2011.[16] In this draw, the "country protection" rule was applied: if there are exactly two clubs from the same country, they may not face each other in the quarter-finals; however, if there are more than two clubs from the same country, they may face each other in the quarter-finals.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Cerezo Osaka Japan 5–9 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 4–3 1–6
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 3–2 South Korea FC Seoul 3–1 0–1
Sepahan Iran 2–4 Qatar Al-Sadd 0–31 2–1
Suwon Samsung Bluewings South Korea 3–2 Iran Zob Ahan 1–1 2–1 (aet)
Notes
  • Note 1: The AFC Disciplinary Committee decided to award the quarter-final first leg to Al-Sadd against Sepahan as a 3–0 forfeit win after Sepahan were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player. The match originally ended 1–0 to Sepahan.[17]

Semi-finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Suwon Samsung Bluewings South Korea 1–2 Qatar Al-Sadd 0–2 1–0
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 3–5 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2–3 1–2

Final[edit]

The final of the 2011 AFC Champions League was hosted by one of the finalists, decided by draw.[13] This format was a change from the 2009 and 2010 editions, where the final was played at a neutral venue.[18]

2011 AFC Champions League
Winners
Qatar
Al-Sadd
2nd Title

Awards[edit]

The following awards were given for the 2011 AFC Champions League:[19]

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 South Korea Lee Dong-Gook South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1 2 2 4 9
2 Brazil Eninho South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2 1 1 2 1 7
3 South Korea Ha Tae-Gyun South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 3 1 2 6
4 Kuwait Bader Al-Mutawa Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 1 2 1 1 5
Iran Farhad Majidi Iran Esteghlal 1 1 2 1 5
Montenegro Dejan Damjanović South Korea FC Seoul 1 1 2 1 5
Senegal Ibrahima Touré Iran Sepahan 1 1 2 1 5
8 Saudi Arabia Yasser Al-Qahtani Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 1 2 1 4
Algeria Abdelmalek Ziaya Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 2 1 1 4
Japan Hiroshi Kiyotake Japan Cerezo Osaka 1 1 2 4
Japan Takashi Inui Japan Cerezo Osaka 1 2 1 4
Brazil Rodrigo Pimpão Japan Cerezo Osaka 2 1 1 4
South Korea Yeom Ki-Hun South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1 1 1 1 4
Brazil Igor Castro Iran Zob Ahan 1 1 2 4
Iran Mohammad Ghazi Iran Zob Ahan 1 1 1 1 4

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