2012 AFC Champions League

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2012 AFC Champions League
Tournament details
Dates 10 February – 10 November 2012
Teams 37 (from 11 associations)
Final positions
Champions South Korea Ulsan Hyundai (1st title)
Runners-up Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
Tournament statistics
Matches played 122
Goals scored 352 (2.89 per match)
Attendance 1,587,472 (13,012 per match)
Top scorer(s) Brazil Ricardo Oliveira
(12 goals)[1]
Best player South Korea Lee Keun-Ho[2]
2011
2013

The 2012 AFC Champions League was the 31st edition of the top-level Asian club football tournament organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and the 10th under the current AFC Champions League title.

Ulsan Hyundai from South Korea won their first title, defeating Al-Ahli from Saudi Arabia with a 3–0 win in the final, and qualified for the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup.[3][4]

Allocation of entries per association[edit]

The AFC has approved criteria for participation in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.[5] The final decision date was set after the Executive Committee meeting in November 2010.[6]

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

Entrants per association[edit]

It was originally announced that the allocation for entry to the 2012 ACL would stay the same as the previous three seasons with the exception of Vietnam, who were disqualifed, and their previous playoff slot was awarded to Qatar.[8] However, following the AFC Executive Committee meeting in November 2011, it was decided that the number of slots for each association to be changed based on evaluation of the AFC Champions League criteria that took place in 2011.[9]

A total of eleven member associations (see below) which participated in the 2011 AFC Champions League was evaluated for participating in the 2012 AFC Champions League.[10] India, which played in the 2011 ACL play-off, was not evaluated and dropped to the AFC Cup. The other member associations which applied but did not meet the criteria for 2011 ACL was not evaluated at all for 2012.

Evaluation for 2012 ACL
Meet all items of the criteria
Meet some items of the criteria
Do not meet the criteria
Notes

Qualifying teams[edit]

A total of 37 teams participated in the 2012 AFC Champions League.[10]

  • 28 teams (14 in West Asia Zone, 14 in East Asia Zone) directly entered the group stage.
  • 9 teams (5 in West Asia Zone, 4 in East Asia Zone) competed in the qualifying play-off, which was divided into two rounds. The 4 winners (2 in West Asia Zone, 2 in East Asia Zone) qualified for the group stage. Losers of the qualifying play-off final round entered the 2012 AFC Cup group stage. However, losers of the qualifying play-off semi-final round were eliminated from all AFC competitions, a change from previous seasons where they would also enter the AFC Cup.
Notes
  • * Number of appearances (including qualifying rounds) since the 2002/03 season, when the competition was rebranded as the AFC Champions League.
  • Bunyodkor (Uzbekistan) was moved to the East Asia Zone.[10]
  • Persipura Jayapura were initially disqualified by the AFC from participating but on appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the CAS ruled on 1 February 2012 that they should be provisionally reinstated to the competition and were entitled to play in the qualifying play-off.[13]
  • Al-Kuwait (Kuwait), the 2011 AFC Cup runners-up, failed to fulfil the criteria set by AFC to compete in the 2012 AFC Champions League, and thus directly entered the 2012 AFC Cup. Nasaf Qarshi (Uzbekistan), the 2011 AFC Cup winners, already directly qualified for the group stage based on their domestic performance.[10]

Schedule[edit]

Schedule of dates for 2012 competition.[14]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying play-offs Semi-finals 6 December 2011
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)[15]
10 February 2012
Finals 18 February 2012
Group stage Matchday 1 6–7 March 2012
Matchday 2 20–21 March 2012
Matchday 3 3–4 April 2012
Matchday 4 17–18 April 2012
Matchday 5 1–2 May 2012
Matchday 6 15–16 May 2012
Knockout phase Round of 16 22–23 May 2012 (West Asia Zone)[16]
29–30 May 2012 (East Asia Zone)
Quarter-finals 14 June 2012
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)[17]
19 September 2012 2–3 October 2012
Semi-finals 24 October 2012 31 October 2012
Final 9 or 10 November 2012 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 6 December 2011.[18] The winners advanced to the group stage, while the losers of the final round advanced to the AFC Cup group stage,[19] except the loser of the match between Adelaide United and Persipura Jayapura.[20]

West Asia Zone[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Semi-final Round
Esteghlal Iran 2–0 Iran Zob Ahan
Final Round
Al-Shabab United Arab Emirates 3–0 Uzbekistan Neftchi Farg'ona
Esteghlal Iran 3–1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq

East Asia Zone[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Final Round
Pohang Steelers South Korea 2–0 Thailand Chonburi
Adelaide United Australia 3–0 Indonesia Persipura Jayapura

Group stage[edit]

The draw for the group stage was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 6 December 2011.[21] Clubs from the same country may not be drawn into the same group. The winners and runners-up of each group advanced to the knockout stage.[19]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira 6 5 1 0 18 10 +8 16
Iran Esteghlal 6 3 2 1 8 3 +5 11
Qatar Al-Rayyan 6 2 0 4 9 12 −3 6
Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi 6 0 1 5 4 14 −10 1
  JAZ RAY EST NQA
Al-Jazira 3–2 1–1 4–1
Al-Rayyan 3–4 0–1 3–1
Esteghlal 1–2 3–0 0–0
Nasaf Qarshi 2–4 0–1 0–2

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 6 5 1 0 13 4 +9 16
United Arab Emirates Baniyas 6 3 2 1 9 2 +7 11
Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 6 2 1 3 6 10 −4 7
Qatar Al-Arabi 6 0 0 6 4 16 −12 0
  ARA ITT YAS PAK
Al-Arabi 1–3 0–4 0–1
Al-Ittihad 3–2 1–0 4–0
Baniyas 2–0 0–0 2–0
Pakhtakor 3–1 1–2 1–1

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Iran Sepahan 6 4 1 1 9 4 +5 13
Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 6 3 1 2 10 6 +4 10
United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr 6 2 0 4 6 11 −5 6
Qatar Lekhwiya 6 2 0 4 5 9 −4 6
  AHL NAS LEK SEP
Al-Ahli 3–1 3–0 1–1
Al-Nasr 1–2 2–1 0–3
Lekhwiya 1–0 1–2 1–0
Sepahan 2–1 1–0 2–1
Tiebreakers[19]
  • Al-Nasr and Lekhwiya are ranked by their head-to-head record (Al-Nasr: 6 pts; Lekhwiya: 0 pts).

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 6 3 3 0 10 7 +3 12
Iran Persepolis 6 3 2 1 14 5 +9 11
Qatar Al-Gharafa 6 1 3 2 7 10 −3 6
United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab 6 0 2 4 5 14 −9 2
  GHA HIL SHA PER
Al-Gharafa 3–3 2–1 0–3
Al-Hilal 2–1 2–1 1–1
Al-Shabab 0–0 1–1 1–3
Persepolis 1–1 0–1 6–1

Group E[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Australia Adelaide United 6 4 1 1 7 2 +5 13
Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 6 3 1 2 8 7 +1 10
South Korea Pohang Steelers 6 3 0 3 6 4 +2 9
Japan Gamba Osaka 6 1 0 5 5 13 −8 3
  ADE BYD GMB POH
Adelaide United 0–0 2–0 1–0
Bunyodkor 1–2 3–2 1–0
Gamba Osaka 0–2 3–1 0–3
Pohang Steelers 1–0 0–2 2–0

Group F[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 6 4 2 0 11 7 +4 14
Japan FC Tokyo 6 3 2 1 12 6 +6 11
Australia Brisbane Roar 6 0 3 3 6 11 −5 3
China Beijing Guoan 6 0 3 3 6 11 −5 3
  BEG BRI TOK ULS
Beijing Guoan 1–1 1–1 2–3
Brisbane Roar 1–1 0–2 1–2
FC Tokyo 3–0 4–2 2–2
Ulsan Hyundai 2–1 1–1 1–0
Tiebreakers[19]
  • Brisbane Roar and Beijing Guoan are tied on their head-to-head record (2 pts, 0 GD, 2 GF), overall goal difference and overall goals scored, and so are ranked by their fair play record (Brisbane Roar: 9 YC + 1 RC = 12 pts; Beijing Guoan: 12 YC + 2 RC = 18 pts).

Group G[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 6 2 4 0 13 5 +8 10
Japan Nagoya Grampus 6 2 4 0 10 4 +6 10
Australia Central Coast Mariners 6 1 3 2 7 11 −4 6
China Tianjin Teda 6 0 3 3 2 12 −10 3
  CCM NGY SIC TTD
Central Coast Mariners 1–1 1–1 5–1
Nagoya Grampus 3–0 2–2 0–0
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 5–0 1–1 1–1
Tianjin Teda 0–0 0–3 0–3
Tiebreakers[19]
  • Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma and Nagoya Grampus are tied on their head-to-head record (2 pts, 0 GD, 3 GF), and so are ranked by their overall goal difference.

Group H[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
China Guangzhou Evergrande 6 3 1 2 12 8 +4 10
Japan Kashiwa Reysol 6 3 1 2 11 7 +4 10
South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 6 3 0 3 10 15 −5 9
Thailand Buriram United 6 2 0 4 8 11 −3 6
  BRU GEG JHM KSR
Buriram United 1–2 0–2 3–2
Guangzhou Evergrande 1–2 1–3 3–1
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 3–2 1–5 0–2
Kashiwa Reysol 1–0 0–0 5–1
Tiebreakers[19]
  • Guangzhou Evergrande and Kashiwa Reysol are ranked by their head-to-head record (Guangzhou Evergrande: 4 pts; Kashiwa Reysol: 1 pt).

Knockout stage[edit]

Round of 16[edit]

The matchups for the round of 16 were decided based on the results from the group stage.[22] 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).[19]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Al-Jazira United Arab Emirates 3–3 (a.e.t.)
(2–4 p)
Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
Sepahan Iran 2–0 Iran Esteghlal
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 3–0 Iran Persepolis
Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia 7–1 United Arab Emirates Baniyas
Adelaide United Australia 1–0 Japan Nagoya Grampus
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma South Korea 0–1 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
Ulsan Hyundai South Korea 3–2 Japan Kashiwa Reysol
Guangzhou Evergrande China 1–0 Japan FC Tokyo

Quarter-finals[edit]

The draw for the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and final was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 14 June 2012.[23] It determined the matchups for the quarter-finals and semi-finals as well as the potential host for the final.[24]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 5–4 China Guangzhou Evergrande 4–2 1–2
Sepahan Iran 1–4 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 0–0 1–4
Adelaide United Australia 4–5 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 2–2 2–3 (a.e.t.)
Ulsan Hyundai South Korea 5–0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 1–0 4–0

Semi-finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 1–2 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 1–0 0–2
Bunyodkor Uzbekistan 1–5 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 1–3 0–2

Final[edit]

The final of the 2012 AFC Champions League was hosted by one of the finalists, decided by a draw.[19] According to the draw on 14 June 2012, the winner of semi-final 2 would host the final.[25] Therefore, Ulsan Hyundai was the home team.

10 November 2012
19:30 UTC+09:00
Ulsan Hyundai South Korea 3–0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
Kwak Tae-Hwi Goal 13'
Rafinha Goal 68'
Kim Seung-Yong Goal 75'
Report
2012 AFC Champions League
Winners
South Korea
Ulsan
1st Title

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club MD1 MD2 MD3 MD4 MD5 MD6 R16 QF1 QF2 SF1 SF2 0F0 Total
1 Brazil Ricardo Oliveira United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira 1 1 1 3 4 2 12
2 Saudi Arabia Naif Hazazi Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 2 1 1 1 2 1 8
3 Brazil Rafinha Japan Gamba Osaka (GS+R16)
South Korea Ulsan Hyundai (QF+SF+F)
2 1 2 1 1 7
Brazil Victor Simões Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7
5 Argentina Darío Conca China Guangzhou Evergrande 2 1 1 1 1 6
South Korea Kim Shin-Wook South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 1 1 1 1 1 1 6
7 Libya Éamon Zayed Iran Persepolis 3 1 1 5
Brazil Bruno Correa Iran Sepahan 1 1 1 1 1 5
Brazil Leandro Domingues Japan Kashiwa Reysol 2 1 1 1 5
South Korea Yoo Byung-Soo Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 1 4 5
Ivory Coast Amara Diané United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr 2 1 1 1 5

Note: Goals scored in qualifying play-off not counted.[26]

Source:[27][28]

See also[edit]

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  23. ^ "First-timers face experienced campaigners". AFC. 2012-06-14. 
  24. ^ "ACL, AFC Cup draw procedures". AFC. 2012-05-17. 
  25. ^ "SF2 winners to host ACL Final". AFC. 2012-06-14. 
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