2002–03 AFC Champions League

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2002–2003 AFC Champions League
Tournament details
Dates 13 August – 27 November 2002
(Qualifying rounds)
9 March – 11 October 2003
(Group & Final stages)
Teams 16 (Group stage)
Final positions
Champions United Arab Emirates Al-Ain (1st title)
Runners-up Thailand BEC Tero Sasana
Tournament statistics
Matches played 30
Goals scored 104 (3.47 per match)
Top scorer(s) China Hao Haidong
(9 goals)
Best player Thailand Therdsak Chaiman
2004

The 2002-03 AFC Champions League was the 22nd edition of the top-level Asian club football tournament and the 1st edition under the current AFC Champions League title. Al-Ain of the United Arab Emirates beat BEC Tero Sasana of Thailand 2–1 on aggregate.

Qualification[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1. Thailand BEC Tero Sasana 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 7
2. South Korea Daejeon Citizen 3 2 0 1 3 3 0 6
3. China Shanghai Shenhua 3 1 0 2 6 7 −1 3
4. Japan Kashima Antlers 3 0 1 2 5 7 −2 1





Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1. China Dalian Shide 3 2 1 0 10 2 +8 7
2. South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 3 2 0 1 9 4 +5 6
3. Japan Shimizu S-Pulse 3 1 1 1 8 2 +6 4
4. Thailand Osotsapa FC 3 0 0 3 1 20 −19 0



12 March 2003
Osotsapa FC Thailand 1–7 China Dalian Shide
Vimol Jankam Goal 13' (Report) Hao Haidong Goal 27'32'49'61'
Yan Song Goal 60'
Zou Jie Goal 80'
Dong Fangzhuo Goal 82'


Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1. United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 3 3 0 0 6 1 +5 9
2. Qatar Al Sadd 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
3. Iran Esteghlal 3 1 0 2 5 7 −2 3
4. Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 3 1 0 2 4 6 −2 3

9 March 2003
Al-Ain United Arab Emirates 1–0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Gharib Harib Goal 12' (pen.) (Report)

12 March 2003
Al-Ain United Arab Emirates 2–0 Qatar Al Sadd
Kandia Traoré Goal 24'
Boubacar Sanogo Goal 89'
(Report)
Tahnoun Bin Mohamed Stadium, Al Ain, UAE
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: China Lu Jun

12 March 2003
Esteghlal Iran 2–3 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Rasoul Khatibi Goal 18'
Ali Samereh Goal 42'
(Report) Patrick Suffo Goal 34'74'85'


15 March 2003
Esteghlal Iran 1–3 United Arab Emirates Al-Ain
Ali Samereh Goal 67' (Report) Faisal Ali Goal 65'
Boubacar Sanogo Goal 76'
Gharib Harib Goal 78'
Tahnoun Bin Mohamed Stadium, Al Ain, UAE
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: China Lu Jun

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1. Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 3 3 0 0 7 0 +7 9
2. Iran Persepolis 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6
3. Iraq Al-Talaba 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 3
4. Turkmenistan Nisa Asgabat 3 0 0 3 1 10 −9 0





Knock-out stage[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  Semi-finals Final
                         
 United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 4 3 7  
 China Dalian Shide 2 4 6  
     United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 2 0 2
   Thailand BEC Tero Sasana 0 1 1
 Thailand BEC Tero Sasana 3 0 3
 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 1 1 2  


Semi-finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
BEC Tero Sasana Thailand 3–2 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 3–1 0–1
Al-Ain United Arab Emirates 7–6 China Dalian Shide 4–2 3–4

First leg[edit]


9 April 2003
Al-Ain United Arab Emirates 4–2 China Dalian Shide
Boubacar Sanogo Goal 62' (pen.) Goal 83'
Mohammad Omar Goal 64'
Rami Yaslam Goal 75'
(Report) Hao Haidong Goal 17'
Li Yao Goal 88'
Tahnoun Bin Mohamed Stadium, Al Ain, UAE
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Bahrain Abdul Rahman

Second leg[edit]

BEC Tero Sasana won 3–2 on aggregate.


30 August 2003[A]
Dalian Shide China 4–3 United Arab Emirates Al-Ain
Wang Peng Goal 27'
Zoran Jankovic Goal 77'
Hao Haidong Goal 81'84'
(Report) Rodrigo Fabiano Goal 46'
Mohammad Omar Goal 65'
Farhad Majidi Goal 87'
People's Stadium, Dalian, China
Attendance: 46,000
Referee: Japan Masayoshi Okada

Al-Ain won 7–6 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Ain United Arab Emirates 2–1 Thailand BEC Tero Sasana 2–0 0–1

First leg[edit]

Second leg[edit]

Al-Ain won 2–1 on aggregate.


Champions[edit]

2002-03 AFC Champions League
United Arab Emirates
Al-Ain
First Title

Top scorers[edit]

9
4
3

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Matches was postponed from 22 April 2003 to 30 August 2003 due to SARS outbreak in China.

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