2009 AFC Champions League

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2009 AFC Champions League
Tournament details
Dates 18 February – 7 November 2009
Teams 35 (from 13 associations)
Final positions
Champions South Korea Pohang Steelers
Runners-up Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
Tournament statistics
Matches played 114
Goals scored 340 (2.98 per match)
Attendance 1,396,226 (12,248 per match)
Top scorer(s) Brazil Leandro
(10 goals)
Best player South Korea Noh Byung-Joon
(Pohang Steelers)
2008
2010

The 2009 AFC Champions League was the 28th edition of the top-level Asian club football tournament organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and the 7th under the current AFC Champions League title. The final took place at National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan on November 7. The winners, the K-League club Pohang Steelers, qualified for the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup in UAE. The most valuable player of the 2009 Asian Champions League was Al-Ittihad's Mohammed Noor.

The champions league was expanded to 35 clubs this year, with 5 teams starting from a knockout qualifying stage. An extra stage in the knockout phase was added so that the runners up as well as the winners from the group stage would progress. The previous season winner no longer got a bye through to the knockout round. Each team was allowed to field a maximum of four foreign players this season, one of whom had to be from an AFC Member Association country. On 5 November 2008 it was announced that Qatar's leading telecom company Qtel will sponsor the AFC Champions League from 2009-2012.[1]

Qualification[edit]

A total of 35 teams will participate in the 2009 Champions League.[2]

AFC assessment ranking[edit]

Allocation of entries[edit]

Below is the qualification scheme for the 2009 Champions League:

Qualifying play-off: (5 teams)

Group stage: (32 teams)

The following teams had qualified for qualifying play-off, but were removed as their leagues did not meet the Champions League criteria:

Team Original qualification
Vietnam Binh Duong 2008 V-League champions
Bahrain Muharraq 2008 AFC Cup winners
Lebanon Safa 2008 AFC Cup runners-up

Qualified teams[edit]

West Asia (Group A-D)
Team Qualification App*
Group stage
Iran Persepolis 2007–08 Persian Gulf Cup champions 2nd
Iran Esteghlal 2007–08 Hazfi Cup winners 2nd
Iran Sepahan 2007–08 Persian Gulf Cup runners-up 5th
Iran Saba Battery 2007–08 Persian Gulf Cup 3rd place 2nd
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 2007–08 Saudi Premier League champions 5th
Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 2008 King Cup of Champions winners 4th
Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 2007–08 Saudi Premier League runners-up 5th
Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq 2007–08 Saudi Premier League 4th place 1st
United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab 2007–08 UAE Football League champions 1st
United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli 2007–08 UAE President Cup winners 3rd
United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira 2007–08 UAE Football League runners-up 1st
Qatar Al-Gharafa 2007–08 Qatar Stars League champions 4th
Qatar Umm-Salal 2008 Emir of Qatar Cup winners 1st
Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 2008 Uzbek League champions
2008 Uzbekistani Cup winners
2nd
Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 2008 Uzbek League runners-up 7th
Qualifying play-off participants
India Dempo 2007–08 I-League champions 1st
United Arab Emirates Sharjah 2007–08 UAE Football League 4th place 2nd
East Asia (Group E-H)
Team Qualification App*
Group stage
China Shandong Luneng Taishan 2008 Chinese Super League champions 3rd
China Shanghai Shenhua 2008 Chinese Super League runners-up 5th
China Beijing Guoan 2008 Chinese Super League 3rd place 2nd
China Tianjin Teda 2008 Chinese Super League 4th place 1st
Japan Kashima Antlers 2008 J. League Division 1 champions 3rd
Japan Gamba Osaka 2008–09 Emperor's Cup winners 3rd
Japan Kawasaki Frontale 2008 J. League Division 1 runners-up 2nd
Japan Nagoya Grampus 2008 J. League Division 1 3rd place 1st
South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2008 K-League champions 2nd
South Korea Pohang Steelers 2008 Korean FA Cup winners 2nd
South Korea FC Seoul 2008 K-League runners-up 1st
South Korea Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i 2008 K-League 3rd place 2nd
Australia Central Coast Mariners 2007–08 A-League premiers 1st
Australia Newcastle United Jets 2008 A-League Grand Final winners 1st
Indonesia Sriwijaya 2007–08 Liga Indonesia Premier Division champions 1st
Qualifying play-off participants
Indonesia PSMS Medan 2007–08 Liga Indonesia Premier Division runners-up 1st
Singapore Singapore Armed Forces 2008 S.League champions 1st
Thailand PEA 2008 Thailand Premier League champions 1st
  • Number of appearances (including qualifying rounds) since the 2002/03 season, when the competition was rebranded as the AFC Champions League

Schedule[edit]

Date Event
Dec 18 Draw for qualifying play-off
Jan 07 Draw for group stage
Feb 18 Qualifying play-off semi-final
Feb 25 Qualifying play-off finals
Mar 10 & 11 Group stage Match Day 1
Mar 17 & 18 Group stage Match Day 2
Apr 07 & 08 Group stage Match Day 3
Apr 21 & 22 Group stage Match Day 4
May 5 & 06 Group stage Match Day 5
Date Event
May 19 & 20 Group stage Match Day 6
May 27 Round of 16, West Asia
Jun 24 Round of 16, East Asia
Jun 29 Draw for remaining rounds
Sep 23 & 24 Quarter-finals 1st leg
Sep 30 Quarter-finals 2nd leg
Oct 21 Semi-finals 1st leg
Oct 28 Semi-finals 2nd leg
Nov 07 Final (National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan)

Qualifying play-off[edit]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
East Asia Semi-final
PEA Thailand 1–4 (aet) Singapore Singapore Armed Forces
East Asia Final
Singapore Armed Forces Singapore 2–1 (aet) Indonesia PSMS Medan
West Asia Final
Sharjah United Arab Emirates 3–0 India Dempo

Group stage[edit]

The draw for the group stage was held on January 7, 2009 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Each club plays double round-robin (home and away) against fellow three group members, a total of 6 matches each. Each team had been numbered from 1 to 4, the numbers determine the order of the fixtures.

  • Match Day 1: 1 vs 4, 3 vs 2
  • Match Day 2: 2 vs 1, 4 vs 3
  • Match Day 3: 1 vs 3, 4 vs 2
  • Match Day 4: 3 vs 1, 2 vs 4
  • Match Day 5: 4 vs 1, 2 vs 3
  • Match Day 6: 1 vs 2, 3 vs 4

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
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 6 4 2 0 10 4 +6 14
Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 6 4 1 1 9 5 +4 13
Iran Saba Battery 6 1 2 3 7 9 −2 5
United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli 6 0 1 5 6 14 −8 1
  HIL AHL PAK SAB
Al-Hilal 2–1 2–0 1–1
Al-Ahli 1–3 1–2 3–5
Pakhtakor 1–1 2–0 2–1
Saba Battery 0–1 0–0 1–2

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Iran Persepolis 4 2 1 1 5 6 −1 7
Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 4 2 1 1 4 2 +2 7
Qatar Al-Gharafa 4 1 0 3 7 8 −1 3
  GHA SHB PRS
Al-Gharafa 1–3 5–1
Al-Shabab 1–0 0–0
Persepolis 3–1 1–0

United Arab Emirates Sharjah withdrew from the competition with two games remaining. Their results were expunged.[3]

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 6 3 3 0 14 4 +10 12
Qatar Umm-Salal 6 2 2 2 6 13 −7 8
United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira 6 0 5 1 6 7 −1 5
Iran Esteghlal 6 0 4 2 6 8 −2 4
  ITT JAZ EST UMS
Al-Ittihad 1–1 2–1 7–0
Al-Jazira 0–0 2–2 0–1
Esteghlal 1–1 1–1 1–1
Umm-Salal 1–3 2–2 1–0

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq 6 4 0 2 15 8 +7 12
Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 6 2 2 2 5 9 −4 8
Iran Sepahan 6 2 1 3 9 7 +2 7
United Arab Emirates Al-Shabab 6 2 1 3 6 11 −5 7
  ETT SHB BUN SEP
Al-Ettifaq 4–1 4–0 2–1
Al-Shabab 1–4 2–0 2–1
Bunyodkor 2–1 0–0 2–2
Sepahan 3–0 2–0 0–1

Group E[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Japan Nagoya Grampus 6 3 3 0 10 4 +6 12
Australia Newcastle Jets 6 3 1 2 6 5 +1 10
South Korea Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i 6 2 0 4 4 10 −6 6
China Beijing Guoan 6 1 2 3 4 5 −1 5
  BEI NAG NEW ULS
Beijing Guoan 1–1 2–0 0–1
Nagoya Grampus 0–0 1–1 4–1
Newcastle Jets 2–1 0–1 2–0
Ulsan Horang-i 1–0 1–3 0–1

Group F[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Japan Gamba Osaka 6 5 0 1 17 4 +13 15
South Korea FC Seoul 6 3 1 2 14 11 +3 10
China Shandong Luneng 6 2 1 3 10 9 +1 7
Indonesia Sriwijaya 6 1 0 5 7 24 −17 3
  OSA SEO SHA SRI
Gamba Osaka 1–2 3–0 5–0
FC Seoul 2–4 1–1 5–1
Shandong Luneng 0–1 2–0 5–0
Sriwijaya 0–3 2–4 4–2

Group G[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Japan Kashima Antlers 6 4 1 1 16 6 +10 13
South Korea Suwon Bluewings 6 4 0 2 12 8 +4 12
China Shanghai Shenhua 6 2 2 2 9 8 +1 8
Singapore SAFFC 6 0 1 5 4 19 −15 1
  KAS SAF SHA SUW
Kashima Antlers 5–0 2–0 3–0
SAFFC 1–4 1–1 0–2
Shanghai Shenhua 1–1 4–1 2–1
Suwon Bluewings 4–1 3–1 2–1

Group H[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
South Korea Pohang Steelers 6 3 3 0 7 3 +4 12
Japan Kawasaki Frontale 6 3 1 2 10 7 +3 10
China Tianjin Teda 6 2 2 2 6 5 +1 8
Australia Central Coast Mariners 6 0 2 4 5 13 −8 2
  CCM KAW POH TIA
CC Mariners 0–5 0–0 0–1
Kawasaki Frontale 2–1 0–2 1–0
Pohang Steelers 3–2 1–1 1–0
Tianjin Teda 2–2 3–1 0–0

Knockout stage[edit]

Round of 16[edit]

The draw for the round of 16 of the 2009 AFC Champions League was held on 7 January 2009, along with the draw for the group stage. The West Asian matches were played on 26 and 27 May. The East Asian matches were played on 24 June.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Asia
Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia 0–0 (aet)
(3–4p)
Qatar Umm-Salal
Persepolis Iran 0–1 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 2–1 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
Al-Ettifaq Saudi Arabia 1–2 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor
East Asia
Nagoya Grampus Japan 2–1 South Korea Suwon Bluewings
Gamba Osaka Japan 2–3 Japan Kawasaki Frontale
Kashima Antlers Japan 2–2 (aet)
(4–5p)
South Korea FC Seoul
Pohang Steelers South Korea 6–0 Australia Newcastle Jets

Quarter-finals[edit]

The draw for the quarter-finals and the remaining knockout rounds took place at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on June 29, 2009. The first leg matches were played on 23–24 September, with the second leg matches played on 30 September.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Umm-Salal Qatar 4–3 South Korea FC Seoul 3–2 1–1
Kawasaki Frontale Japan 3–4 Japan Nagoya Grampus 2–1 1–3
Pakhtakor Uzbekistan 1–5 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 1–1 0–4
Bunyodkor Uzbekistan 4–5 South Korea Pohang Steelers 3–1 1–4 (aet)

Semi-finals[edit]

The first leg matches were played on 21 October, with the second leg matches were played on 28 October 2009.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 8–3 Japan Nagoya Grampus 6–2 2–1
Pohang Steelers South Korea 4–1 Qatar Umm-Salal 2–0 2–1

Final[edit]

The 2009 AFC Champions League Final was played on November 7 at National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan.

7 November 2009
19:00 (JST)
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 1 – 2 South Korea Pohang Steelers
Mohammed Noor Goal 74' Report Noh Byung-Joon Goal 57'
Kim Hyung-Il Goal 66'
AFC Champions League
2009 Winners
South Korea
Pohang Steelers
Third 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  F  Total
1 Brazil Leandro Japan Gamba Osaka 1 3 2 1 1 2 10
2 Ghana Prince Tagoe Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq 2 3 2 1 8
3 Brazil Denilson South Korea Pohang Steelers 3 1 1 2 7
4 Saudi Arabia Nasser Al-Shamrani Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 1 1 3 1 6
5 Saudi Arabia Mohammed Noor Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 1 3 1 5
Japan Yoshizumi Ogawa Japan Nagoya Grampus 1 2 1 1 5
Morocco Hicham Aboucherouane Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 1 1 1 1 1 5
Montenegro Dejan Damjanović South Korea FC Seoul 3 1 1 5
Brazil Renatinho Japan Kawasaki Frontale 1 1 1 1 1 5
Uzbekistan Zaynitdin Tadjiyev Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 1 1 1 1 1 5
Brazil Araújo Qatar Al-Gharafa 1 1 3 5

Fair Play Award[edit]

South Korea Pohang Steelers[4]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Qtel to sponsor AFC Asian Cup and ACL". AFC. 2008-11-05. Retrieved 2008-11-05. [dead link]
  2. ^ "2009 ACL draw – thrilling match-ups". AFC. 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2009-01-07. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Sharjah SC withdraw from ACL". AFC. 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2009-05-06. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Triple treat for Steelers". AFC (Asian Football Confederation). 2009-11-07. Retrieved 2009-11-07. [dead link]

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