2006 AFC Champions League

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2006 AFC Champions League
Tournament details
Dates 8 March - 8 November 2006
Teams 25
Final positions
Champions South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (1st title)
Runners-up Syria Al-Karamah
Third place South Korea Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i
Kuwait Al Qadisiya
Tournament statistics
Matches played 78
Goals scored 250 (3.21 per match)
Top scorer(s) Brazil Magno Alves (8 goals)
2005
2007

The 2006 AFC Champions League was the 25th edition of the top-level Asian club football tournament and the 4th edition under the current AFC Champions League title. Al-Ittihad qualified automatically to the quarter-finals as Cup holders.

On 8 November 2006, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors won the AFC Champions League title after beating Al-Karamah 3-2 on aggregate. It was their first ever title. Jeonbuk also became the first team in history of Asia to have won the Champions League before the national league title (winning their first K-League championship three years later, in 2009).

Format[edit]

Group Stage

A total of 28 clubs were divided into 7 groups of four* based on region i.e. East Asian and Southeast Asian clubs were drawn in groups E to G, while the rest were grouped in groups A to D. Each club played double round-robin (home and away) against fellow three group members, a total of 6 matches each. Clubs received 3pts for a win, 1pt for a tie, 0pts for a loss. The clubs were ranked according to points and tie breakers were in the following order:

  • Points earned between the clubs in question
  • Goal Differential between the clubs in question
  • Goals For between the clubs in question
  • Points earned within the group
  • Goal Differential within the group
  • Goals For within the group

The seven group winners along with the defending champion advanced to the quarter-finals.

*Since two clubs from group F and two clubs from group G were disqualified, the remaining clubs in group F and G played against each other home and away.

Knockout Round

All 8 clubs were randomly matched; however, the only restriction was that the clubs from the same country could not face each other in the quarter-finals. The games were conducted in 2 legs, home and away, and the aggregate score decided the match winner. If the aggregate score couldn't produce a winner, "away goals rule" was used. If still tied, clubs played extra time, where "away goals rule" still applied. If still tied, the game went to penalties.

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Kuwait Al Qadisiya 6 3 2 1 9 11 –2 11
Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 6 3 1 2 11 7 +4 10
Syria Al-Ittihad 6 2 2 2 6 7 –1 8
Iran Foolad 6 1 1 4 8 9 –1 4
8 March 2006
Foolad 6–0 Al Qadisiya Shahid Dastgerdi Stadium Tehran
Pakhtakor 2–0 Al Ittihad Pakhtakor Markaziy Stadium Tashkent
22 March 2006
Al Ittihad 0–0 Foolad Al Hamadania Stadium Aleppo
Al Qadisiya 2–1 Pakhtakor Mohammed Al-Hamad Stadium Kuwait City
12 April 2006
Pakhtakor 2–0 Foolad Pakhtakor Stadium Tashkent
Al Ittihad 2–2 Al Qadisiya Al Hamadania Stadium Aleppo
26 April 2006
Foolad 1–3 Pakhtakor Dastegerdi Stadium Tehran
Al Qadisiya 1–0 Al Ittihad Mohammed Al-Hamad Stadium Kuwait City
3 May 2006
Al Qadisiya 2–0 Foolad Mohammed Al-Hamad Stadium Kuwait City
Al Ittihad 2–1 Pakhtakor Al Hamadania Stadium Aleppo
17 May 2006
Foolad 1–2 Al Ittihad Dastgerdi Stadium Tehran
Pakhtakor 2–2 Al Qadisiya Pakhtakor Stadium Tashkent

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
United Arab Emirates Al Ain 6 4 1 1 10 6 +4 13
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 6 3 1 2 12 7 +5 10
Uzbekistan Mash'al 6 2 2 2 7 11 –4 8
Iraq Al-Mina'a 6 0 2 4 6 11 –5 2
8 March 2006
Al Mina'a 0–1 Mash'al Sabah Al Salem Stadium Kuwait City
Al Ain 2–0 Al Hilal Tahnoun Bin Mohamed Stadium Al Ain
22 March 2006
Mash'al 1–1 Al Ain Markaziy Stadium Karshi
Al Hilal 3–1 Al Mina'a King Fahd II Stadium Riyadh
12 April 2006
Al Ain 2–1 Al Mina'a Tahnon Bin Mohammed Stadium Al Ain
Al Hilal 5–0 Mash'al King Fahd International Riyadh
26 April 2006
Mash'al 2–1 Al Hilal Nadaf Stadium Karshi
Al Mina'a 1–2 Al Ain Mohammed Al-Hamad Stadium Kuwait City
3 May 2006
Mash'al 2–2 Al Mina'a Nasaf Stadium Karshi
Al Hilal 2–1 Al Ain King Fahd International Riyadh
17 May 2006
Al Ain 2–1 Mash'al Tahnon Bin Mohammed Stadium Al Ain
Al Mina'a 1–1 Al Hilal Sabah Al Salem Stadium Kuwait City

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Syria Al-Karamah 6 4 0 2 10 11 –1 12
Iran Saba Battery 6 3 1 2 13 8 +5 10
United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda 6 2 1 3 14 15 –1 7
Qatar Al-Gharafa 6 2 0 4 11 14 –3 6


12 April 2006
18:30 UTC+03:00
Al Gharafa Qatar 4–0 Syria Al-Karamah
Hubail Goal 59' (pen.)
Hubail Goal 71'
Alil Goal 81'
Quaye Goal 89'

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 6 4 1 1 9 6 +3 13
Qatar Al Sadd 6 4 1 1 13 5 +8 13
Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 6 2 0 4 5 9 –4 6
Kuwait Al-Arabi 6 1 0 5 5 12 –7 3
8 March 2006
Al Arabi 0–1 Al Quwa Al Jawiya Sabah Al Salem Stadium Kuwait City
Al-Shabab 0–0 Al Sadd King Fahd International Stadium Riyadh
22 March 2006
Al Quwa Al Jawiya 0–2 Al-Shabab Tripoli Municipal Stadium Tripoli
Al Sadd 4–1 Al Arabi Al-Sadd Sports Club Doha
12 April 2006
Al Quwa Al Jawiya 0–2 Al Sadd Tripoli Municipal Stadium Tripoli
Al Arabi 3–0 Al-Shabab Sabah Al Salem Stadium Kuwait City
26 April 2006
Al Sadd 3–0 Al Quwa Al Jawiya Al Sadd Sports Club Doha
Al-Shabab 2–0 Al Arabi King Fahd International Stadium Riyadh
3 May 2006
Al Quwa Al Jawiya 3–0 Al Arabi Tripoli Municipal Stadium Tripoli
Al Sadd 2–3 Al-Shabab Al Sadd Sports Club Doha
17 May 2006
Al Arabi 1–2 Al Sadd Sabah Al Salem Stadium Kuwait City
Al-Shabab 2–1 Al Quwa Al Jawiya King Fahd International Stadium Riyadh

Group E[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 6 4 1 1 11 5 +6 13
China Dalian Shide 6 4 0 2 7 6 +1 12
Japan Gamba Osaka 6 3 1 2 26 7 +19 10
Vietnam Da Nang 6 0 0 6 1 27 –26 0
8 March 2006
Da Nang 0–2 Dalian Shide Chi Lăng Stadium Da Nang
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 3–2 Gamba Osaka Jeonju World Cup Stadium Jeonju
22 March 2006
Dalian Shide 1–0 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Jinzhou Stadium Dalian
Gamba Osaka 15-0 Da Nang Osaka Expo '70 Stadium Osaka
12 April 2006
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 3–0 Da Nang Jeonju World Cup Stadium Jeonju
Gamba Osaka 3–0 Dalian Shide Expo '70 Stadium Osaka
26 April 2006
Da Nang 0–1 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Chi Lăng Stadium Da Nang
Dalian Shide 2–0 Gamba Osaka Jin Zhou Stadium Dalian
3 May 2006
Gamba Osaka 1–1 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Expo '70 Stadium Osaka
Dalian Shide 1–0 Da Nang Jin Zhou Stadium Dalian
17 May 2006
Da Nang 1–5 Gamba Osaka Chi Lăng Stadium Da Nang
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 3–1 Dalian Shide Jeonju World Cup Stadium Jeonju

Group F[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
South Korea Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i 2 2 0 0 3 0 +3 6
Japan Tokyo Verdy 1969 2 0 0 2 0 3 –3 0
Thailand TTM FC (*) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Indonesia Arema Malang (*) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

(*) TTM FC and Arema Malang were disqualified for failing to fill in their player registration forms in time.

8 March 2006
Tokyo Verdy 1969 0–2 Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i Ajinomoto Stadium Tokyo
3 May 2006
Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i 1–0 Tokyo Verdy 1969 Munsu Cup Stadium Ulsan

Group G[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
China Shanghai Shenhua 2 2 0 0 7 3 +4 6
Vietnam Đồng Tâm Long An 2 0 0 2 3 7 –4 0
Indonesia Persipura Jayapura (*) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thailand PEA FC (*) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

(*) Persipura Jayapura and PEA FC were disqualified for failing to fill in their player registration forms in time.

8 March 2006
Shenhua 3–1 Dong Tam Yuanshen Sports Centre Stadium Shanghai
3 May 2006
Dong Tam 2–4 Shenhua Long An Stadium Long An

Knock-out stage[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  Quarter finals Semi-finals Final
                                 
 China Shanghai Shenhua 1 2 3  
 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0 4 4  
   South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2 4 6  
   South Korea Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i 3 1 4  
 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i 6 1 7
   Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 0 0 0  
     South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2 1 3
   Syria Al-Karamah 0 2 2
   Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad (2005 Champion) 2 0 2  
 Syria Al-Karamah (aet) 0 4 4  
 Syria Al-Karamah 0 1 1
   Kuwait Al Qadisiya 0 0 0  
 Kuwait Al Qadisiya 2 3 5
   United Arab Emirates Al Ain 2 0 2  


Quarter-finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i South Korea 7–0 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 6–0 1–0
Shanghai Shenhua China 3–4 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1–0 2–4
Al Qadisiya Kuwait 5–2 United Arab Emirates Al Ain 2–2 3–0
Al-Ittihad (2005 Champion) Saudi Arabia 2–4 Syria Al-Karamah 2–0 0–4 (a.e.t.)

First leg[edit]




Second leg[edit]

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors won 4–3 on aggregate.


20 September 2006
Al Ain United Arab Emirates 0–3 Kuwait Al Qadisiya
Bashir Goal 25'88'
Al-Hinai Goal 90'

Al Qadisiya won 5–2 on aggregate.


Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i won 7–0 on aggregate.


20 September 2006
Al-Karamah Syria 4–0 (a.e.t.) Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
Mando Goal 41'
Omaier Goal 49'
Ibrahim Goal 105'109'

Al-Karamah won 4–2 on aggregate.


Semi-finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors South Korea 6–4 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i 2–3 4–1
Al-Karamah Syria 1–0 Kuwait Al Qadisiya 0–0 1–0

First leg[edit]


Second leg[edit]

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors won 6–4 on aggregate.


Al-Karamah won 1–0 on aggregate.


Final[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors South Korea 3–2 Syria Al-Karamah 2–0 1–2

First leg[edit]

Second leg[edit]

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors won 3–2 on aggregate.


Champions[edit]

2006 AFC Champions League
South Korea
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
First Title

See also[edit]

External links[edit]