1971 Asian Champion Club Tournament

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1971 Asian Club Championship
Tournament details
Host country Thailand
Dates 21 March – 2 April 1971
Teams 8
Venue(s) Bangkok
Final positions
Champions Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv (2nd title)
Runners-up Iraq Al-Shorta
(withdrew)
Third place IranTaj Tehran
Fourth place South Korea ROK Army
Tournament statistics
Matches played 20
Goals scored 65 (3.25 per match)
1970
1985

The 1971 Asian Club Championship was the fourth edition of the annual Asian club football competition hosted by Asian Football Confederation. Eight clubs from eight countries competed in the tournament. The tournament was held in Bangkok, Thailand from 21 March to 2 April. Eight clubs were split in two groups of four and the group winners and the runners-up advanced to semifinals.

Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. (ISR) recorded their second Asian title after Al-Shorta (IRQ) refused to play against them in protest at the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Al-Shorta players instead waved the Palestinian flag and the Iraqi flag around the field.

They were regarded as the winners of the tournament in the Iraqi media (the Al-Mal'ab newspaper headline the following day read: "The Champions of Asia Return to Baghdad") and were greeted with a heroes' reception upon their return to the country. Israel were expelled from the AFC three years later (Maccabi now compete in UEFA competitions).

Result[edit]

Preliminary Round[edit]

These are the group allocation matches. Each group will consist of two winners and two losers from this round.

ROK Army South Korea 2–1 Thailand Bangkok Bank FC
Al-Shorta Iraq 3–2 Iran Taj Tehran
Al Arabi Kuwait 8–1 India FC Punjab Police
Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel 1–0 Malaysia Perak FA

Group Stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Iran Taj Tehran 5 3 2 1 0 5 1 4
South Korea ROK Army 4 3 2 0 1 5 2 3
Kuwait Al Arabi 3 3 1 1 1 3 1 2
Malaysia Perak FA 0 3 0 0 3 0 9 −9
Match 1 Al Arabi 3–0 Perak
Match 2 Taj Tehran 2–1 ROK Army
Match 3 ROK Army 3–0 Perak
Match 4 Taj Tehran 0–0 Al Arabi
Match 5 Taj Tehran 3–0 Perak
Match 6 ROK Army 1–0 Al Arabi

Group B[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 6 3 3 0 0 10 2 8
Iraq Al-Shorta 4 3 2 0 1 8 3 5
Thailand Bangkok Bank FC 2 3 1 0 2 3 6 −3
India FC Punjab Police 0 3 0 0 3 2 12 −10
Match 1 Bangkok Bank 2–0 Punjab
Match 2 Maccabi Tel Aviv 2–01 Al-Shorta
Match 3 Maccabi Tel Aviv 4–1 Punjab
Match 4 Al-Shorta 2–0 Bangkok Bank
Match 5 Al-Shorta 6–1 Punjab
Match 6 Maccabi Tel Aviv 4–1 Bangkok Bank

1: Al-Shorta withdrew from this match, awarded to Maccabi.

Knockout Stage[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]


Third Place Match[edit]


Final[edit]


1 The final was scratched and Maccabi Tel Aviv were awarded the championship after Al-Shorta players entered the field waving Iraqi and Palestinian flags around the pitch, refusing to play the Israeli side for political reasons.

Champions[edit]

1971 Asian Club Championship
Israel
Maccabi Tel Aviv
Second Title

References[edit]