2007 AFC Champions League

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2007 AFC Champions League
Tournament details
Dates 7 March – 14 November 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
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, and qualifed for the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup.

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 22 December, 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 (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 (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 (2005–06 UAE Emir Cup winners)
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan (2) Pakhtakor (2006 Uzbek League champions and 2006 Uzbekistani Cup winners)
Neftchi (2006 Uzbek League runners-up)

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
  • 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.

Knockout Round

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

Group A[edit]

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

21 March 2007
Al-Wahda United Arab Emirates 4–1 Kuwait Al-Arabi
Mamadou Bagayoko Goal 40' Goal 56' (pen.)
Saleh Al Menhali Goal 63'
Bashir Saeed Goal 68'
(Report) Mohamed Jarragh Goal 35'
Al-Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)


25 April 2007
Al-Wahda United Arab Emirates 1–1 Iraq Al-Zawraa
Abdulrahim Jumaa Goal 57' (report) Haidar Sabah Goal 75'
Al-Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Jasim Karim (Bahrain)


Group B[edit]

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

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



11 April 2007
Pakhtakor Uzbekistan 0–2 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
(Report) Omar Al-Ghamdi Goal 54'
Rodrigão Goal 59'
Army Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Junjie Huang (China)

25 April 2007
Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia 2–0 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor
Rodrigão Goal 30' Goal 90' (pen.) (report)


Group C[edit]

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

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

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

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

25 April 2007
Neftchi Uzbekistan 2–1 Qatar Al Sadd
Iqboljon Akramov Goal 1'
Nasim Shoimov Goal 41'
(Report) Emerson Goal 17'

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

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

23 May 2007
Al-Karamah Syria 2–0 Uzbekistan Neftchi
Iyad Mando Goal 12'50' (Report)

Group D[edit]

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

21 March 2007
Al-Ittihad Syria 0–0 United Arab Emirates Al Ain
(Report)


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


Group E[edit]

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



25 April 2007
Sydney FC Australia 3–0 Indonesia Persik Kediri
Steve Corica Goal 54'90'
Alex Brosque Goal 73'
(Report)
Parramatta Stadium, Sydney, Australia
Attendance: 10,075
Referee: Minh Tri Vo (Vietnam)


Group F[edit]

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





Group G[edit]

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





Knock-out stage[edit]

Bracket[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 Korea Seognam Ilhwa Chunma 2 2 4  
 Syria Al-Karamah 1 0 1  
 South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 2 2 4 (3)
   Japan Urawa 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]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Sepahan Iran 0–0 (5–4p) Japan Kawasaki Frontale 0–0 0–0 (a.e.t.)
Al-Wahda United Arab Emirates 1–1 (a) Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 0–0 1–1
Seognam Ilhwa Chunma South Korea 4–1 Syria Al-Karamah 2–1 2–0
Urawa Red Diamonds Japan 4–1 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
(2006 Champion)
2–1 2–0

First leg[edit]

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

19 September 2007
Al-Wahda United Arab Emirates 0–0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Report
Al-Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Abdullah Balideh (Qatar)


Second leg[edit]

  • 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]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Sepahan Iran 3–1 United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda 3–1 0–0
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma South Korea 4–4 (3–5p) Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 2–2 2–2 (a.e.t.)

First leg[edit]


Second leg[edit]

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

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


Final[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Sepahan Iran 1–3 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 1–1 0–2

First leg[edit]

Second leg[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 South Korea Kim Dong Hyun South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 5
Iran Mehdi Seyed Salehi Iran Sepahan
4 Brazil Rodrigão Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 4
Syria Firas Al Khatib Kuwait Al-Arabi
Iraq Saeed Mohsen Iraq Najaf FC
Australia Steve Corica Australia Sydney 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
Mali Mamadou Bagayoko United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda
Saudi Arabia Waleed Al-Gizani Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
Uruguay Diego Alonso China Shanghai Shenhua
Brazil Fernando Australia Adelaide United
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]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Esteghlal disqualified from AFC League". PressTV. 26 February 2007.