2007 AFC Champions League

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2007 AFC Champions League
Tournament details
Dates 07 Mar 2007 - 14 Nov 2007
Teams 28
Final positions
Champions Japan Urawa Red Diamonds (1st title)
Runners-up Iran Sepahan
Third place

South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda

! NO Consolation Game !
Tournament statistics
Matches played 92
Goals scored 230 (2.5 per match)
Top scorer(s) Brazil Mota (7 goals)
Best player Japan Yuichiro Nagai
(Urawa Red Diamonds)
2006
2008

The 2007 AFC Champions League was the 26th edition of the top-level Asian club football tournament and the 5th edition under the current AFC Champions League title.

Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds became champions for the first time, beating Sepahan of Iran and becoming the fourth Japanese club to win the Asian championship.

Participating clubs[edit]

Along with the defending champion, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, 28 other clubs from fourteen countries qualified based on performance in domestic league and cup competitions. Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors entered the competition at the quarter-finals.

The draw took place in Kuala Lumpur on December 22, allocating teams into seven groups. In February, the AFC disqualified Esteghlal Tehran from Group B for failing to register their players in time.[1] This reduced the number of competing teams to 28.

Defending Champions (1)
South Korea Korea Republic (1) Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (2006 AFC Champions League winners)
East Asia & ASEAN (12)
Australia Australia (2) Adelaide United (2005–06 A-League premiers)
Sydney FC (2006 A-League Grand Final winners)
China China (2) Shandong Luneng Taishan (2006 Chinese Super League champions and 2006 Chinese FA Cup winners)
Shanghai Shenhua (2006 Chinese Super League runners-up)
Indonesia Indonesia (2) Persik Kediri (2006 Liga Indonesia Premier Division champions)
Arema Malang (2006 Copa Indonesia winners)
Japan Japan (2) Urawa Red Diamonds (2006 J. League Division 1 champions and 2006–07 Emperor's Cup winners)
Kawasaki Frontale (2006 J. League Division 1 runners-up)
South Korea Korea Republic (2) Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (2006 K-League champions)
Chunnam Dragons (2006 Korean FA Cup winners)
Thailand Thailand (1) Bangkok University FC (2006 Thailand Premier League champions)
Vietnam Vietnam (1) Gach Dong Tam Long An (2006 V-League champions)
Central & South Asia and West Asia (16) (15)
Iran Iran (2) (1) Esteghlal Tehran (2005–06 Iran Pro League champions)
Sepahan (2005–06 Hazfi Cup winners)
Iraq Iraq (2) Al-Zawraa (2005–06 Iraqi Premier League champions)
Najaf FC (2005–06 Iraqi Premier League runners-up)
Kuwait Kuwait (2) Al Kuwait Kaifan (2005–06 Kuwaiti Premier League champions)
Al-Arabi (2006 Kuwait Emir Cup winners)
Qatar Qatar (2) Al Sadd (2005–06 Qatar Stars League champions)
Al-Rayyan (2006 Emir of Qatar Cup winners)
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia (2) Al-Shabab (2005–06 Saudi Premier League champions)
Al-Hilal (2005–06 Saudi Crown Prince Cup winners)
Syria Syria (2) Al-Karamah (2005–06 Syrian League champions)
Al Ittihad (2005–06 Syrian Cup winners)
United Arab Emirates UAE (2) Al-Wahda (2005–06 UAE Football League runners-up)
Al Ain Club (2005–06 UAE Emir Cup winners)
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan (2) FC Pakhtakor (2006 Uzbek League champions and 2006 Uzbekistani Cup winners)
Neftchi Farg'ona (2006 Uzbek League runners-up)

Format[edit]

Group Stage

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

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

The seven group winners along with the defending champions qualifies to the quarter-finals.

Knockout Round

All 8 clubs are randomly matched; however, the only restriction is that the clubs from same country cannot face each other in the quarterfinals. The games are conducted in 2 legs, home and away, and the aggregates goals decides the match winner. If the aggregate goals cannot produce an winner, away goal rules in used. If still tied, clubs play extra time, where away goal rule still applies. If still tied, the game goes to penalties.

Group stage[edit]

Group matches were scheduled to be played over match days on March 7, March 21, April 11, April 25, May 9 and May 23, 2007.

Group A[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda 13 6 4 1 1 13 6 +7
Iraq Al-Zawraa 11 6 3 2 1 9 6 +3
Kuwait Al-Arabi 7 6 2 1 3 10 12 -2
Qatar Al-Rayyan 2 6 0 2 4 3 11 -8

March 21, 2007
Al-Zawraa 0–0 Al-Rayyan
(Report)
Al Rayyan Sports Club, Al Rayyan, Qatar
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: South Korea Lee Gi-Young

April 11, 2007
Al-Arabi 1–1 Al-Rayyan
Jarrah Al Zuhair 60' (Report) Adel Lamy 52'



Group B[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 8 4 2 2 0 5 1 +4
Uzbekistan FC Pakhtakor 6 4 2 0 2 3 5 -2
Kuwait Al Kuwait Kaifan 2 4 0 2 2 2 4 -2
Iran Esteghlal (*) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

(*) Esteghlal Tehran was disqualified for failing to submit their players list in time.




April 25, 2007
Al-Hilal 2–0 FC Pakhtakor
Rodrigão 30', 90'(pen) (report)


Group C[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Syria Al-Karamah 11 6 3 2 1 11 7 +4
Uzbekistan Neftchi Farg'ona 10 6 3 1 2 6 7 -1
Iraq Najaf FC 8 6 2 2 2 9 8 +1
Qatar Al Sadd 4 6 1 1 4 6 10 -4

March 7, 2007
Najaf FC 0–1 Neftchi
(Report) Kholmatov Goal 71'

March 21, 2007
Al Sadd 1–4 Najaf FC
Talal Al Bloushi 45' (Report) Aqeel Mohammed 47'
Saeed Mohsen 55', 86'(pen)
Karrar Jassim 70'
Al Sadd Stadium, Doha, Qatar
Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Australia Ben Williams

April 11, 2007
Al Sadd 2–0 Neftchi
Khalfan Ibrahim 65'
Emerson 75'
(Report)
Al Sadd Stadium, Doha, Qatar
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: China Tan Hai

April 11, 2007
Al Karamah 1–1 Najaf FC
Fahd Awde 90'(pen) (Report) Falah Hasan Kadhim 71'
Khaled bin Walid Stadium, Homs, Syria
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Bahrain Jasim Karim


May 9, 2007
Al Sadd 1–1 Al-Karamah
Ali Nasser 16' (Report) Iyad Mando 44'
Al Sadd Stadium, Doha, Qatar
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Thailand Chaiwat Kunsuta

May 9, 2007
Neftchi 1–1 Najaf FC
Kholmatov Goal 43' (Report) Ali Mohammed Goal 60'
Fargona Stadium, Fergana, Uzbekistan
Attendance: 16,000

May 23, 2007
Al-Karamah 2–0 Neftchi
Iyad Mando 12', 50' (Report)
Khaled bin Walid Stadium, Homs, Syria
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Saudi Arabia Ali Al Mutlaq

Group D[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Iran Sepahan 13 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7
Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 10 6 3 1 2 9 3 +6
United Arab Emirates Al Ain Club 6 6 1 3 2 5 8 -3
Syria Al Ittihad 3 6 0 3 3 3 13 -10

March 21, 2007
Al Ittihad 0–0 Al Ain
(Report)


April 25, 2007
Sepahan 1–1 Al Ain
Hossein Papi 49' (Report) Hawar Mulla Mohammed 86'
Foolad Shahr Stadium, Isfahan, Iran
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Australia Mark Shield


Group E[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 10 6 2 4 0 9 5 +4
Australia Sydney FC 9 6 2 3 1 8 5 +3
Indonesia Persik Kediri 7 6 2 1 3 6 16 -10
China Shanghai Shenhua 5 6 1 2 3 7 4 +3





Group F[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Japan Kawasaki Frontale 16 6 5 1 0 15 4 +11
South Korea Chunnam Dragons 10 6 3 1 2 7 8 -1
Indonesia Arema Malang 4 6 1 1 4 2 9 -7
Thailand Bangkok University 3 6 0 3 3 4 7 -3





Group G[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 13 6 4 1 1 13 6 +7
China Shandong Luneng Taishan 13 6 4 1 1 12 8 +4
Australia Adelaide United FC 8 6 2 2 2 9 6 +3
Vietnam Gach Dong Tam Long An 0 6 0 0 6 4 18 -14





Knockout stage[edit]

  Quarter finals Semi-finals Final
                                 
 Iran Sepahan (p) 0 0 0 (5)  
 Japan Kawasaki Frontale 0 0 0 (4)  
   Iran Sepahan 3 0 3  
   United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda 1 0 1  
 United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda (a) 0 1 1
   Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 0 1 1  
     Iran Sepahan 1 0 1
   Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 1 2 3
   South KoreaSeognam Ihwa Chunma 2 2 4  
 Syria Al-Karamah 1 0 1  
 South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 2 2 4 (3)
   JapanUrawa Red Diamonds(p) 2 2 4 (5)  
 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 2 2 4
   South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
(2006 Champion)
1 0 1  



Quarter finals[edit]

First Leg

19 September 2007
Sepahan 0–0 Kawasaki Frontale
Report
Foolad Shahr Stadium, Isfahan, Iran
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Bahrain Jasim Karim

19 September 2007
Al-Wahda 0–0 Al-Hilal
Report
Al-Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Qatar Abdullah Balideh


Second Leg

  • Sepahan progress 5-4 on penalties after 0-0 aggregate score

  • Al-Wahda progress on away goals rule with 1-1 aggregate score

  • Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma progress 4-1 on aggregate

  • Urawa Red Diamonds progress 4-1 on aggregate

Semi finals[edit]

First Leg


Second Leg

  • Urawa Red Diamonds progress 5-3 on penalties after 4-4 aggregate score

24 October 2007
Al-Wahda 0–0 Sepahan
Report
Al-Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Attendance: 13,000
Referee: Australia Ben Williams
  • Sepahan progress 3-1 on aggregate

Final[edit]


  • Urawa Red Diamonds win 3-1 on aggregate

Winners[edit]

AFC Champions League
2007 Winners
Flag of Japan
Urawa Red Diamonds
1st Title

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Brazil Mota South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 7
2 Iran Mehdi Seyed Salehi Iran Sepahan 5
South Korea Kim Dong Hyun South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
4 Australia Steve Corica Australia Sydney FC 4
Brazil Rodrigão Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Syria Firas Al Khatib Kuwait Al-Arabi
Iraq Saeed Mohsen Iraq Najaf FC
Australia Travis Dodd Australia Adelaide United
Brazil Robson Ponte Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
10 Brazil Magnum Japan Kawasaki Frontale 3
Brazil Juninho Japan Kawasaki Frontale
Japan Kengo Nakamura Japan Kawasaki Frontale
China Wang Yongpo China Shandong Luneng Taishan
China Li Jinyu China Shandong Luneng Taishan
Iraq Emad Mohammed Iran Sepahan
Iran Mahmoud Karimi Iran Sepahan
Brazil Fernando Australia Adelaide United FC
Mali Mamadou Bagayoko United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda
Saudi Arabia Waleed Al Gizani Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
Uruguay Diego Alonso China Shanghai Shenhua
Syria Iyad Mando Syria Al-Karamah
Senegal Senghor Koupouleni Syria Al-Karamah
Japan Tatsuya Tanaka Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
Japan Yuichiro Nagai Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
Japan Yuki Abe Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
South Korea Choi Sung-Kuk South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma

See also[edit]

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