2015 AFC Champions League

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2015 AFC Champions League
AFC Champions League crest.png
Tournament details
Dates 4 February – 21 November 2015
Teams 49 (from 21 associations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 129
Goals scored 357 (2.77 per match)
Attendance 1,972,688 (15,292 per match)
Top scorer(s) Brazil Ricardo Goulart< (8 goals)
2014
2016

The 2015 AFC Champions League is the 34th edition of Asia's premier club football tournament organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and the 13th under the current AFC Champions League title. The winners will qualify for the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup.[1] Western Sydney Wanderers were the defending champions, but they were eliminated in the group stage.

Association team allocation[edit]

The AFC Competitions Committee proposed a revamp of the AFC club competitions on 25 January 2014,[2] which was ratified by the AFC Executive Committee on 16 April 2014.[3] The member associations are ranked based on their national team's and clubs' performance over the last four years in AFC competitions, with the allocation of slots for the 2015 and 2016 editions of the AFC club competitions determined by the 2014 rankings:[4]

  • The top 24 member associations (MAs) as per the AFC rankings are eligible to receive direct slots in the AFC Champions League, as long as they fulfill the AFC Champions League criteria.
  • In both the East and West zones, there are a total of 12 direct slots in the group stage, with the 4 remaining slots filled through play-offs.
  • The top six MAs in both the East and West zones get direct slots in the group stage, while the remaining MAs get play-off slots:
    • The first- and second-ranked MAs each get three direct slots and one play-off slot.
    • The third- and fourth-ranked MAs each get two direct slots and two play-off slots.
    • The fifth-ranked MAs each get one direct slot and two play-off slots.
    • The sixth-ranked MAs each get one direct slot and one play-off slot.
    • The seventh- to twelfth-ranked MAs each get one play-off slot.
  • The maximum number of slots for each MA is one-third of the total number of clubs in the top division (e.g., Australia can only get a maximum of three total slots as there are only nine Australia-based clubs in the A-League).

The AFC Competitions Committee finalised the slot allocation for the 2015 and 2016 editions of the AFC Champions League based on the criteria, including AFC’s MA rankings and the implementation of club licensing regulations, on 28 November 2014.[5][6][7]

Participation for 2015 AFC Champions League[6]
Fulfills participation criteria
Does not fulfill participation criteria
Notes
  1. ^ a b c Iraq (2 play-off slots), Lebanon and Syria (1 play-off slot each) were allocated slots for the 2015 and 2016 AFC Champions League, but were not allowed to participate in the 2015 AFC Champions League as none of their teams passed the club licensing requirements for 2015.

Teams[edit]

The following 49 teams from 21 associations entered the competition.[8]

In the following table, the number of appearances and last appearance count only those since the 2002–03 season (including qualifying rounds), when the competition was rebranded as the AFC Champions League.

Notes
  1. ^ Vietnam (VIE): Hà Nội T&T entered the AFC Champions League instead of Hải Phòng, the 2014 Vietnamese Cup winners, as Hải Phòng did not pass the club licensing requirements.[9]

Schedule[edit]

The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws held at AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).[10]

Stage Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Preliminary stage Preliminary round 1 No draw 4 February 2015
Preliminary round 2 10 February 2015
Play-off stage Play-off round 17 February 2015
Group stage Matchday 1 11 December 2014[11] 24–25 February 2015
Matchday 2 3–4 March 2015
Matchday 3 17–18 March 2015
Matchday 4 7–8 April 2015
Matchday 5 21–22 April 2015
Matchday 6 5–6 May 2015
Knock-out stage Round of 16 19–20 May 2015 26–27 May 2015
Quarter-finals 18 June 2015[12] 25–26 August 2015 15–16 September 2015
Semi-finals 29–30 September 2015 20–21 October 2015
Final 7 November 2015 21 November 2015

Qualifying play-off[edit]

The bracket for the qualifying play-off, which consisted of three rounds (preliminary round 1, preliminary round 2, and play-off round), was determined by the AFC based on the association ranking of each team.[13] Each tie was played as a single match, with the team from the higher-ranked association hosting the match. Extra time and penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary. The winners of each tie in the play-off round advanced to the group stage to join the 24 automatic qualifiers. All losers in each round which were from associations with only play-off slots entered the 2015 AFC Cup group stage.[1]

Preliminary round 1[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
East Asia Zone
Yadanarbon Burma 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(5–6 p)
Singapore Warriors
Johor Darul Ta'zim Malaysia 2–1 (a.e.t.) India Bengaluru FC

Preliminary round 2[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Asia Zone
Al-Qadsia Kuwait 1–0 Jordan Al-Wehdat
El Jaish Qatar 2–1 Oman Al-Nahda
Al-Sadd Qatar 0–0 (a.e.t.)
(11–10 p)
Bahrain Riffa
East Asia Zone
Hà Nội T&T Vietnam 4–0 Indonesia Persib Bandung
Chonburi Thailand 4–1 Hong Kong Kitchee
Guangzhou R&F China 3–0 Singapore Warriors
Bangkok Glass Thailand 3–0 Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim

Play-off round[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Asia Zone
Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia 2–1 (a.e.t.) Kuwait Al-Qadsia
Naft Tehran Iran 1–0 Qatar El Jaish
Bunyodkor Uzbekistan 2–1 United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira
Al-Wahda United Arab Emirates 4–4 (a.e.t.)
(4–5 p)
Qatar Al-Sadd
East Asia Zone
FC Seoul South Korea 7–0 Vietnam Hà Nội T&T
Kashiwa Reysol Japan 3–2 (a.e.t.) Thailand Chonburi
Central Coast Mariners Australia 1–3 China Guangzhou R&F
Beijing Guoan China 3–0 Thailand Bangkok Glass

Group stage[edit]

The draw for the group stage was held on 11 December 2014.[13] The 32 teams were drawn into eight groups of four. Teams from the same association could not be drawn into the same group. Each group was played on a home-and-away round-robin basis. The winners and runners-up of each group advanced to the round of 16.

Tiebreakers

The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:[1]

  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;
  3. Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. Greater number of away goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  5. If, after applying criteria 1 to 4, teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 4 are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 6 to 10 apply;
  6. Goal difference in all the group matches;
  7. Greater number of goals scored in all the group matches;
  8. Penalty shoot-out if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play;
  9. Fewer score calculated according to the number of yellow and red cards received in the group matches (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card);
  10. Team who belongs to the member association with the higher AFC ranking.

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification LEK PER NSR BYD
1 Qatar Lekhwiya 6 4 1 1 9 5 +4 13 Advance to knock-out stage 3–0 1–1 1–0
2 Iran Persepolis 6 4 0 2 7 7 0 12 3–0 1–0 2–1
3 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 6 2 2 2 7 6 +1 8 1–3 3–0 1–1
4 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 6 0 1 5 2 7 −5 1 0–1 0–1 0–1
Source: AFC

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification AIN NAF PAK SHB
1 United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 6 3 3 0 7 2 +5 12 Advance to knock-out stage 3–0 1–1 0–0
2 Iran Naft Tehran 6 2 2 2 8 8 0 8 1–1 1–1 2–1
3 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 6 1 3 2 6 8 −2 6 0–1 2–1 0–2
4 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 6 1 2 3 5 8 −3 5 0–1 0–3 2–2
Source: AFC

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification HIL SAD FOO LOK
1 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 6 4 1 1 9 4 +5 13 Advance to knock-out stage 2–1 2–0 3–1
2 Qatar Al-Sadd 6 3 1 2 9 9 0 10 1–0 1–0 6–2
3 Iran Foolad 6 1 3 2 2 4 −2 6 0–0 0–0 1–0
4 Uzbekistan Lokomotiv Tashkent 6 1 1 4 10 13 −3 4 1–2 5–0 1–1
Source: AFC

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification AH(S) AH(U) NSF TRA
1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 6 3 3 0 11 7 +4 12 Advance to knock-out stage 2–1 2–1 2–0
2 United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli 6 2 2 2 8 8 0 8 3–3 0–0 3–2
3 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 8 0–0 0–1 2–1
4 Iran Tractor Sazi 6 1 1 4 7 11 −4 4 2–2 1–0 1–2
Source: AFC

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification KSW JHM SLT BBD
1 Japan Kashiwa Reysol 6 3 2 1 14 9 +5 11 Advance to knock-out stage 3–2 2–1 5–1
2 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 6 3 2 1 14 6 +8 11 0–0 4–1 3–0
3 China Shandong Luneng Taishan 6 2 1 3 13 17 −4 7 4–4 1–4 3–1
4 Vietnam Becamex Bình Dương 6 1 1 4 6 15 −9 4 1–0 1–1 2–3
Source: AFC

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification GAM SNM BUR GRF
1 Japan Gamba Osaka 6 3 1 2 10 7 +3 10 Advance to knock-out stage 2–1 1–1 0–2
2 South Korea Seongnam FC 6 3 1 2 7 5 +2 10 2–0 2–1 0–0
3 Thailand Buriram United 6 3 1 2 12 7 +5 10 1–2 2–1 5–0
4 China Guangzhou R&F 6 1 1 4 3 13 −10 4 0–5 0–1 1–2
Source: AFC

Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BJG SSB BRI URA
1 China Beijing Guoan 6 3 2 1 6 3 +3 11 Advance to knock-out stage 1–0 0–1 2–0
2 South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 6 3 2 1 11 8 +3 11 1–1 3–1 2–1
3 Australia Brisbane Roar 6 2 1 3 7 9 −2 7 0–1 3–3 1–2
4 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 6 1 1 4 5 9 −4 4 1–1 1–2 0–1
Source: AFC

Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification GET SEO WSW KSM
1 China Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao 6 3 1 2 9 9 0 10 Advance to knock-out stage 1–0 0–2 4–3
2 South Korea FC Seoul 6 2 3 1 5 4 +1 9 0–0 0–0 1–0
3 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers 6 2 2 2 9 7 +2 8 2–3 1–1 1–2
4 Japan Kashima Antlers 6 2 0 4 10 13 −3 6 2–1 2–3 1–3
Source: AFC

Knock-out stage[edit]

In the knock-out stage, the 16 teams play a single-elimination tournament, with the teams split between the two zones until the final. Each tie is played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. The away goals rule, extra time (away goals do not apply in extra time) and penalty shoot-out are used to decide the winner if necessary.[1]

Round of 16[edit]

In the round of 16, the winners of one group play the runners-up of another group in the same zone, with the group winners hosting the second leg.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
West Asia Zone
Al-Sadd Qatar 3–4 Qatar Lekhwiya 1–2 2–2
Persepolis Iran 1–3 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 1–0 0–3
Al-Ahli United Arab Emirates 3–3 (a) United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 0–0 3–3
Naft Tehran Iran 2–2 (a) Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 1–0 1–2
East Asia Zone
Suwon Samsung Bluewings South Korea 4–4 (a) Japan Kashiwa Reysol 2–3 2–1
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors South Korea 2–1 China Beijing Guoan 1–1 1–0
FC Seoul South Korea 3–6 Japan Gamba Osaka 1–3 2–3
Seongnam FC South Korea 2–3 China Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao 2–1 0–2

Quarter-finals[edit]

The draw for the quarter-finals will be held on 18 June 2015. The "country protection" rule is not applied, so teams from the same association can be drawn into the same tie.[citation needed]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
West Asia Zone
TBD QF1 TBD 25 Aug 15 Sep
TBD QF2 TBD 25 Aug 15 Sep
East Asia Zone
TBD QF3 TBD 26 Aug 16 Sep
TBD QF4 TBD 26 Aug 16 Sep

Semi-finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
West Asia Zone
Winner QF1 SF1 Winner QF2 29 Sep 20 Oct
East Asia Zone
Winner QF3 SF2 Winner QF4 30 Sep 21 Oct

Final[edit]

The draw to decide the order of two legs of the final will be held after the quarter-final draw.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Winner SF1/SF2 Winner SF1/SF2 7 Nov 21 Nov

Top scorers[edit]

Note: Players and teams in bold are still active in the competition.

Rank Player Team MD1 MD2 MD3 MD4 MD5 MD6 2R1 2R2 QF1 QF2 SF1 SF2   F1     F2   Total
1 Brazil Ricardo Goulart China Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao 1 3 2 2 8
2 China Yang Xu China Shandong Luneng Taishan 2 1 1 2 6
3 Syria Omar Al Soma Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 1 2 2 5
United Arab Emirates Ahmed Khalil United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli 1 2 2 5
Ghana Asamoah Gyan United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 1 1 1 2 5
6 Japan Takashi Usami Japan Gamba Osaka 1 1 2 4
South Korea Lee Dong-gook South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2 2 4
Tunisia Youssef Msakni Qatar Lekhwiya 1 1 1 1 4
Brazil Diogo Thailand Buriram United 1 3 4
10 Iran Mohammad Nouri Iran Persepolis 1 1 1 3
Japan Hiroyuki Abe Japan Gamba Osaka 1 2 3
Brazil Lins Japan Gamba Osaka 1 1 1 3
Brazil Patric Japan Gamba Osaka 2 1 3
Japan Shoma Doi Japan Kashima Antlers 1 1 1 3
Japan Masato Kudo Japan Kashiwa Reysol 2 1 3
Brazil Leandro Japan Kashiwa Reysol 1 2 3
Japan Kosuke Taketomi Japan Kashiwa Reysol 1 2 3
South Korea Yun Ju-tae South Korea FC Seoul 1 2 3
Brazil Eninho South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1 1 1 3
Brazil Edu South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1 1 1 3
South Korea Hwang Ui-jo South Korea Seongnam FC 1 1 1 3
North Korea Jong Tae-se South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1 1 1 3
South Korea Seo Jung-jin South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2 1 3
Qatar Hassan Al Haidos Qatar Al-Sadd 1 1 1 3
Qatar Khalfan Ibrahim Qatar Al-Sadd 1 2 3
South Korea Nam Tae-hee Qatar Lekhwiya 1 1 1 3
Saudi Arabia Taisir Al-Jassim Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 1 2 3
Saudi Arabia Yousef Al-Salem Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 1 1 1 3
Brazil Gilberto Macena Thailand Buriram United 1 1 1 3
Brazil Everton Ribeiro United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli 1 1 1 3
Turkmenistan Artur Geworkýan Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi 1 2 3
Uzbekistan Igor Sergeev Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 2 1 3

Note: Goals scored in qualifying play-off not counted when determining top scorer (see regulations, Article 77.4).[1]

Source: the-AFC.com[14][15]

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