2010 AFC Cup

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2010 AFC Cup
Tournament details
Dates 23 February – 6 November 2010
Teams 26+5 (from 17 associations)
Final positions
Champions Syria Al-Ittihad (1st title)
Runners-up Kuwait Al-Qadsia
Tournament statistics
Matches played 111
Attendance 782,483 (7,049 per match)
Top scorer(s) Brazil Afonso Alves (9 goals)
2009
2011

The 2010 AFC Cup was the 7th edition of the AFC Cup, playing between clubs from nations who are members of the Asian Football Confederation.

With the Asian Football Confederation currently reviewing the format of the AFC Champions League between 2009 and 2010 season, significant changes were made in the way the competition is run, the teams that will qualify for the AFC Cup is also expected to be from different countries compared to the previous editions.

Qualification[edit]

The preliminary qualification scheme for the AFC 2010 was released in 2008.[1] A total of 33 clubs were due to participate in the 2010 AFC Cup (eventually reduced to 31).

Qualifying play-off (2 teams)

The teams were from the following associations:

However, the qualifying play-off was not needed and both teams advanced automatically in the group stage after FIFA's suspension of the Iraqi Football Association was not lifted by January 6, 2010.
Group stage (32 teams)
Both teams from Iraq were disqualified after FIFA's suspension on the Iraq Football Association was not lifted on 6 January 2010.
Notes
  • Three teams from elite countries have been given a chance to take part in the 2010 AFC Cup competition, therefore a qualiyfing play-off match has been added to the calendar (eventually not played).
  • For the second time in its history, teams from Kuwait will join the AFC Cup fray. Syrian clubs again reappear in the competition after winning the inaugural edition (Al Jaish) in 2004.
  • A Qatari team will participate in the tournament for the first time.

Qualifying teams[edit]

The following is the list of participants confirmed by the AFC.[2]

West Asia (Groups A–E)
Team Qualifying method App Last App
Bahrain Al-Riffa 2008–09 Bahrain Classification Soccer League runners-up 1st
India Kingfisher East Bengal 2009–10 Indian Federation Cup winners 4th 2008
Jordan Al-Wahdat 2008–09 Jordan League champions
2008–09 Jordan FA Cup winners
5th 2009
Jordan Shabab Al-Ordon 2008–09 Jordan League runners-up 3rd 2008
Kuwait Al-Kuwait1 2009 AFC Cup winners
2009 Kuwait Emir Cup winners
2nd 2009
Kuwait Al-Qadsia 2008–09 Kuwaiti Premier League champions 1st
Kuwait Kazma 2008–09 Kuwaiti Premier League runners-up 1st
Lebanon Al-Nejmeh 2008–09 Lebanese Premier League champions 5th 2007
Lebanon Al-Ahed 2008–09 Lebanese FA Cup winners 4th 2009
Oman Al-Nahda 2008–09 Omani League champions 2nd 2008
Oman Saham 2009 Sultan Qaboos Cup winners 1st
Qatar Al-Rayyan2 2008–09 Qatar Stars League 3rd place 1st
Syria Al-Ittihad 2008–09 Syrian Premier League runners-up 1st
Syria Al-Jaish 2008–09 Syrian Premier League 3rd place 2nd 2004
Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi2 2009 Uzbek League 3rd place 1st
Yemen Al-Hilal 2008–09 Yemeni League champions 4th 2009
Yemen Al-Ahli 2009 Yemeni President Cup winners 2nd 2008
Syria Al-Karamah SC 2010 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off losers 2nd 2009
India Churchill Brothers 2010 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off losers 1st
East Asia (Groups F–H)
Team Qualifying method App Last App
Hong Kong South China 2008–09 Hong Kong First Division League champions 3rd 2009
Hong Kong NT Realty Wofoo Tai Po 2009 Hong Kong FA Cup winners 1st
Indonesia Persiwa Wamena3 2008–09 Indonesia Super League runners-up 1st
Malaysia Selangor 2009 Super League Malaysia champions 2nd 2006
Maldives VB Sports Club 2009 Dhivehi League champions 2nd 2009
Maldives Victory SC 2009 Maldives FA Cup winners 3rd 2008
Singapore Geylang United 2009 Singapore Cup winners 2nd 2004
Thailand Thai Port 2009 Thai FA Cup winners 1st
Vietnam Bình Dương 2009 V-League runners-up 2nd 2009
Indonesia Sriwijaya FC 2010 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off losers 1st
Vietnam SHB Đà Nẵng 2010 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off losers 1st
Thailand Muangthong United 2010 AFC Champions League qualifying play-off losers 1st

1 Al-Kuwait failed to fulfil the criteria set by AFC to compete in the 2010 AFC Champions League, and so directly enter the 2010 AFC Cup.[3]

2 Nasaf Qarshi were due to host Al-Rayyan in the qualifying play-off, with the winner advancing to the group stage (Group E). However, both teams advanced automatically to the group stage after the two teams from Iraq, Arbil (Group C) and Najaf (Group B), were disqualified after FIFA's suspension on the Iraq Football Association was not lifted on 6 January 2010.[4] As a result, the tournament was reduced to 31 teams.

3 Negeri Sembilan FA (second representative of Malaysia) withdrew, and was replaced by Persiwa Wamena.

Schedule[edit]

The 2010 AFC Cup will have the same format as the 2009 AFC Cup.

Date[5] Event
December 7 Draw for qualifying play-off and group stage
January 23 Qualifying play-off (eventually not played)
February 8 Draw for ACL play-off losers in group stage[6]
February 23 & 24 Group stage Matchday 1
March 16 & 17 Group stage Matchday 2
March 23 & 24 Group stage Matchday 3
April 6 & 7 Group stage Matchday 4
April 20 & 21 Group stage Matchday 5
Date Event
April 27 & 28 Group stage Matchday 6
May 11 & 12 Round of 16
May 25 Draw for remaining rounds[7]
September 14 Quarter-finals 1st leg
September 21 Quarter-finals 2nd leg
October 5 Semi-finals 1st leg
October 19 Semi-finals 2nd leg
November 6 Final

Group stage[edit]

The draw for the group stage was held on December 7, 2009 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[8] The ACL play-off losers were placed in their groups on February 8, 2010.[9]

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
Syria Al-Karamah 6 4 2 0 12 4 +8 14
Jordan Shabab Al-Ordon 6 3 3 0 13 5 +8 12
Oman Saham 6 1 2 3 5 11 −6 5
Yemen Al-Ahli 6 0 1 5 3 13 −10 1
  AHL KAR SAH SHA
Al-Ahli 0–1 2–2 0–1
Al-Karamah 2–0 2–0 1–1
Saham 1–0 1–4 0–0
Shabab Al-Ordon 6–1 2–2 3–1

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Kuwait Al-Kuwait 4 2 2 0 13 5 +8 8
India Churchill Brothers 4 2 1 1 6 10 −4 7
Yemen Al-Hilal 4 0 1 3 3 7 −4 1
  HIL KUW CHU
Al-Hilal 0–2 1–2
Al-Kuwait 2–2 7–1
Churchill Brothers 1–0 2–2

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Kuwait Kazma 6 4 1 1 6 3 +3 13
Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi 6 3 2 1 12 4 +8 11
Syria Al-Jaish 6 2 2 2 10 8 +2 8
Lebanon Al-Ahed 6 0 1 5 5 18 −13 1
  AHE JAI KAZ NAS
Al-Ahed 1–1 1–2 0–4
Al-Jaish 6–3 0–1 1–1
Kazma 1–0 0–1 0–0
Nasaf Qarshi 4–0 2–1 1–2

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Kuwait Al-Qadsia 6 4 2 0 14 5 +9 14
Syria Al-Ittihad 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 10
Lebanon Al-Nejmeh 6 3 1 2 12 8 +4 10
India Kingfisher East Bengal 6 0 0 6 5 20 −15 0
  ITT NEJ QAD EB
Al-Ittihad 4–2 0–0 2–1
Al-Nejmeh 1–0 1–3 3–0
Al-Qadsia 3–0 1–1 4–1
Kingfisher East Bengal 1–4 0–4 2–3

Group E[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Qatar Al-Rayyan 6 5 0 1 16 7 +9 15
Bahrain Al-Riffa 6 4 1 1 7 5 +2 13
Jordan Al-Wihdat 6 2 1 3 8 10 −2 7
Oman Al-Nahda 6 0 0 6 3 12 −9 0
  NAH RAY RIF WAH
Al-Nahda 0–2 0–1 1–3
Al-Rayyan 3–2 0–2 3–0
Al-Riffa 1–0 1–4 2–1
Al-Wahdat 2–0 2–4 0–0

Group F[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Indonesia Sriwijaya 6 4 1 1 17 3 +14 13
Vietnam Bình Dương 6 4 1 1 14 2 +12 13
Malaysia Selangor 6 1 1 4 7 16 −9 4
Maldives Victory SC 6 1 1 4 2 19 −17 4
  BD SEL SRI VIC
Bình Dương 4–0 2–1 3–0
Selangor 0–0 0–4 5–0
Sriwijaya 1–0 6–1 5–0
Victory SC 0–5 2–1 0–0

Group G[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Hong Kong South China 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7 13
Thailand Muangthong United 6 3 2 1 12 7 +5 11
Maldives VB Sports Club 6 3 0 3 12 11 +1 9
Indonesia Persiwa Wamena 6 0 1 5 8 21 −13 1
  MTU WAM SC VB
Muangthong United 4–1 0–1 3–1
Persiwa Wamena 2–2 0–2 2–3
South China 0–0 6–3 3–1
VB Sports Club 2–3 4–0 1–0

Group H[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Vietnam SHB Đà Nẵng 6 4 2 0 12 6 +6 14
Thailand Thai Port 6 3 2 1 8 5 +3 11
Singapore Geylang United 6 0 4 2 7 9 −2 4
Hong Kong NT Realty Wofoo Tai Po 6 0 2 4 3 10 −7 2
  GEY TAI DN TP
Geylang United 1–1 1–1 0–1
NT Realty Wofoo Tai Po 1–1 1–2 0–1
SHB Đà Nẵng 3–2 3–0 0–0
Thai Port 2–2 2–0 2–3

Knockout stage[edit]

Round of 16[edit]

The matches were played on May 11 and 12, 2010.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Al-Karamah Syria 1–0 Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi
Kazma Kuwait 1–1 (aet)
(6–5 p)
Jordan Shabab Al-Ordon
Al-Rayyan Qatar 1–1 (aet)
(2–4 p)
Thailand Muangthong United
South China Hong Kong 1–3 Bahrain Al-Riffa
Al-Kuwait Kuwait 1–1 (aet)
(4–5 p)
Syria Al-Ittihad
Al-Qadsia Kuwait 2–1 India Churchill Brothers
Sriwijaya Indonesia 1–4 Thailand Thai Port
SHB Đà Nẵng Vietnam 4–3 (aet) Vietnam Bình Dương

Quarter-finals[edit]

The draw for the remaining rounds was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 25, 2010.[10] 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 Syria, Kuwait, and Thailand may not be drawn with each other in the quarter-finals.[11]

The first legs were played on September 14 and 15, and the second legs were played on September 21 and 22, 2010.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Riffa Bahrain 8–3 Vietnam SHB Đà Nẵng 3–0 5–3
Al-Karamah Syria 1–2 Thailand Muangthong United 1–0 0–2
Thai Port Thailand 0–3 Kuwait Al-Qadsia 0–0 0–3
Al-Ittihad Syria 4–2 Kuwait Kazma 3–2 1–0

Semi-finals[edit]

The first legs were played on October 5, and the second legs were played on October 19, 2010.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Muangthong United Thailand 1–2 Syria Al-Ittihad 1–0 0–2
Al-Riffa Bahrain 3–4 Kuwait Al-Qadsia 2–0 1–4

Final[edit]

Main article: 2010 AFC Cup Final

The final will be played on November 6, 2010. It is a one-leg match originally set to be played at the host stadium of one of the finalists, but was changed to a larger capacity stadium one week before the final.[12]

6 November 2010
19:00 (UTC+3)
Al-Qadsia Kuwait 1 – 1 (a.e.t.) Syria Al-Ittihad
Al Enezi Goal 29' Report Dyab Goal 53'
  Penalties  
(penalty takers may not be in correct order)
Al Ansari Penalty missed
Al Bloushi Penalty scored
Al Khatib Penalty missed
Al Mejmed Penalty scored
2–4 (penalty takers may not be in correct order)
Penalty scored Hemidi
Penalty scored Dyab
Penalty scored Dakka
Penalty scored Kalaji
AFC Cup
2010 Winners
Syria
Al-Ittihad
First Title

Statistics[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Club MD1 MD2 MD3 MD4 MD5 MD6 R16 QF1 QF2 SF1 SF2  F  Total
1 Brazil Afonso Alves Qatar Al-Rayyan 3 2 2 1 1 9
2 Argentina Gastón Merlo Vietnam Đà Nẵng 1 1 1 2 3 8
3 Qatar Fábio César Montezine Qatar Al-Rayyan 1 2 2 2 7
Vietnam Huỳnh Kesley Alves Vietnam Bình Dương 1 3 2 1 7
Kuwait Bader Al-Mutwa Kuwait Al Qadsia 2 1 1 1 1 1 7
5 Kuwait Khaled Al-Azemi Kuwait Al Kuwait 2 4 6
7 Brazil Leonardo Ferreira da Silva Hong Kong South China 2 1 2 5
Saint Kitts and Nevis Keith Gumbs Indonesia Sriwijaya 2 1 2 5
Maldives Ali Ashfaq Maldives VB Sports Club 1 1 1 1 1 5
Nigeria Anoure Obiora Indonesia Sriwijaya 3 1 1 5
Bahrain Abdulrahman Mubarak Bahrain Al-Riffa 1 1 1 1 1 5

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