2008 AFC Champions League

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2008 AFC Champions League
Tournament details
Dates12 March - 12 November 2008
Teams29
Final positions
ChampionsJapan Gamba Osaka (1st title)
Runners-upAustralia Adelaide United
Tournament statistics
Matches played98
Goals scored275 (2.81 per match)
Top scorer(s)Thailand Nantawat Thansopa
(9 goals)
Best player(s)Japan Yasuhito Endō
2007
2009

The 2008 AFC Champions League was the 27th AFC Champions League, the top-level Asian club football tournament, and the 6th under the current AFC Champions League title. It was the last AFC Champions League before the competition expanded to 32 teams.

Participating clubs[edit]

Along with the defending champion, Urawa Red Diamonds, 28 other clubs from fourteen countries qualified based on performance in domestic league and cup competitions. Urawa Red Diamonds entered the competition at the quarter-finals. The draw for group stage took place on 12 December 2007.

Defending Champions (1)
Japan Japan (1) Urawa Red Diamonds (2007 AFC Champions League winners)
East Asia & ASEAN (12)
Australia Australia (2) Melbourne Victory (2006–07 A-League premiers and 2007 A-League Grand Final winners)
Adelaide United (2006–07 A-League regular season runners-up)
China China (2) Changchun Yatai (2007 Chinese Super League champions)
Beijing Guoan (2007 Chinese Super League runners-up)
Indonesia Indonesia (0)
Japan Japan (2) Kashima Antlers (2007 J. League Division 1 champions and 2007–08 Emperor's Cup winners)
Gamba Osaka (2007 J. League Division 1 third place)
South Korea South Korea (2) Pohang Steelers (2007 K-League champions)
Chunnam Dragons (2007 Korean FA Cup winners)
Thailand Thailand (2) Chonburi FC (2007 Thailand Premier League champions)
Krung Thai Bank FC (2007 Thailand Premier League runners-up)
Vietnam Vietnam (2) Bình Dương F.C. (2007 V-League champions)
Nam Dinh F.C. (2007 Vietnamese Cup winners)
Central & South Asia and West Asia (16)
Iran Iran (2) Saipa (2006–07 Persian Gulf Cup champions)
Sepahan (2006–07 Hazfi Cup winners)
Iraq Iraq (2) Erbil SC (2006–07 Iraqi Premier League champions)
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (2006–07 Iraqi Premier League runners-up)
Kuwait Kuwait (2) Al Kuwait (2006–07 Kuwaiti Premier League champions)
Al Qadisiya (2007 Kuwait Emir Cup winners)
Qatar Qatar (2) Al-Sadd (2006–07 Qatar Stars League champions and 2007 Emir of Qatar Cup winners)
Al-Gharafa (2006–07 Qatar Stars League runners-up)
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia (2) Al-Ittihad (2006–07 Saudi Premier League champions)
Al-Ahli (2006–07 Saudi Crown Prince Cup winners)
Syria Syria (2) Al-Karamah (2006–07 Syrian League champions and 2006–07 Syrian Cup winners)
Al-Ittihad (2006–07 Syrian League runners-up)
United Arab Emirates UAE (2) Al Wasl (2006–07 UAE Football League champions and 2006–07 UAE Emir Cup winners)
Al-Wahda (2006–07 UAE Football League runners-up)
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan (2) Pakhtakor (2007 Uzbek League champions and 2007 Uzbekistani Cup winners)
Bunyodkor (2007 Uzbek League runners-up)

† In the 2008 edition, Indonesia were allocated two slots just like the older editions. However, on 12 December 2007, AFC awarded one Indonesian slots to Thailand and the other one to Vietnam, due to delay in Indonesian domestic league and cup tournament,[1] allowing both Thai and Vietnamese slots to be total of two.

Format[edit]

Group stage

A total of 28 clubs were divided into seven 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 the other three teams in their group, a total of 6 matches each. Clubs received three points for a win, one point for a draw and no points 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 difference between the clubs in question
  • Goal difference within the group
  • Goals for within the group

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

Knockout stage

All eight clubs were randomly paired together, with the restriction that clubs from the same country could not face each other in the quarter-finals. The games were played over two legs, home and away; the team with the higher aggregate score was declared the match winner. If the aggregate score could not produce a winner, "away goals rule" was used. If the two teams were still tied, extra time was played, at the end of which the "away goals rule" was again applied if the scores were tied. If still tied, the game would go to penalties.

Schedule[edit]

Group stage draw - 12 December 2007
  • Group round: 12–19 March, 9–23 April, 7–21 May
Knockout stage draw - 24 May 2008
  • Quarter-finals: 17–24 September
  • Semi-finals: 8–22 October
  • Final: 5 and 12 November

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 6 4 1 1 8 2 +6 13
Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 6 3 0 3 6 5 +1 9
Iran Sepahan 6 2 1 3 5 8 −3 7
Syria Al-Ittihad 6 2 0 4 4 8 −4 6
Sepahan Iran0–2Syria Al-Ittihad
Report Jésus Gomez Goal 21'
Al Agha Goal 87'
Attendance: 15,000

Al-Ittihad Syria0–1Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
Report Magno Alves Goal 78'
Bunyodkor Uzbekistan2–0Iran Sepahan
Bakayev Goal 61'
Kapadze Goal 80'
Report

Al-Ittihad Syria0–2Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
Report Hasanov Goal 50'
Kapadze Goal 65'
Sepahan Iran2–1Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
Seyed Salehi Goal 59'
Aghily Goal 71'
Report Al-Meshal Goal 89'
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Sun Baojie (China)

Bunyodkor Uzbekistan1–0Syria Al-Ittihad
Kapadze Goal 29' Report
Attendance: 12,000

Al-Ittihad Syria2–1Iran Sepahan
Laurens Goal 61'
Jésus Gomez Goal 64'
Report Aghily Goal 48'
Bunyodkor Uzbekistan2–0Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
Soliev Goal 10'
Djeparov Goal 38'
Report

Sepahan Iran1–1Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
Ali Mohammadi Goal 2' Report Gochguliev Goal 72'
Attendance: 150

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Iran Saipa 6 3 3 0 7 3 +4 12
Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 8
United Arab Emirates Al Wasl 6 2 1 3 5 7 −2 7
Kuwait Al Kuwait 6 1 2 3 4 6 −2 5
Al Wasl United Arab Emirates0–1Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Report Alwan Goal 32'
Al Kuwait Kuwait1–1Iran Saipa
Ajab Goal 44' Report Zaynadpour Goal 66'

Saipa Iran2–0United Arab Emirates Al Wasl
Traoré Goal 45'
Ansarifard Goal 57'
Report
Attendance: 8,000

Al Wasl United Arab Emirates1–0Kuwait Al Kuwait
Hassan Goal 75' Report
Attendance: 4,622

Saipa Iran1–1Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Rahmati Goal 63' (pen.) Report Ayad Goal 71'
Attendance: 10,000
Al Kuwait Kuwait2–1United Arab Emirates Al Wasl
Ajab Goal 10'
Al Awadhi Goal 42'
Report Ali Goal 4' (pen.)

Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Iraq1–2United Arab Emirates Al Wasl
Kamel Goal 69' Report Al-Enazi Goal 49'
Oliveira Goal 64'
Saipa Iran1–0Kuwait Al Kuwait
Rahmati Goal 24' Report
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Sun Baojie (China)

Al Wasl United Arab Emirates1–1Iran Saipa
André Dias Goal 90+2' Report Traoré Goal 21'
Attendance: 1,500

Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Syria Al-Karamah 6 3 2 1 8 3 +5 11
United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda 6 2 3 1 6 7 −1 9
Qatar Al-Sadd 6 1 3 2 6 8 −2 6
Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 6 0 4 2 5 7 −2 4
Al-Sadd Qatar2–1Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
Emerson Goal 6'
Felipe Goal 26'
Report Val Baiano Goal 73'
Attendance: 6,000
Al-Karamah Syria4–1United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda
Esmaeel Goal 3'
Chaabo Goal 27'48'
Al Hamwi Goal 80'
Report Al Shehhi Goal 83'

Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia1–1Syria Al-Karamah
Al Thagafi Goal 15' Report Al Hamwi Goal 44'
Al-Wahda United Arab Emirates2–2Qatar Al-Sadd
Pinga Goal 17'
Al Shehhi Goal 85''
Report Tenorio Goal 44'
Emerson Goal 71'

Al-Sadd Qatar0–2Syria Al-Karamah
Report Al Hamwi Goal 69'
Jenyat Goal 73'
Attendance: 6,000

Al-Wahda United Arab Emirates2–1Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
Josiel Goal 35'84' Report Al Gizani Goal 81'
Attendance: 5,000
Al-Karamah Syria1–0Qatar Al-Sadd
Jenyat Goal 78' Report

Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia2–2Qatar Al-Sadd
Taher Zakaria Goal 28' (o.g.)
Sulimani Goal 42' (pen.)
Report Gholam Goal 32' (pen.)
Ahmed Goal 50'
Al-Wahda United Arab Emirates1–0Syria Al-Karamah
Al Shehhi Goal 90' Report

Al-Sadd Qatar0–0United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda
Report
Attendance: 800
Al-Karamah Syria0–0Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli
Report

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Kuwait Al Qadisiya 6 3 2 1 8 7 +1 11
Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 6 3 2 1 13 6 +7 11
Iraq Erbil 6 2 2 2 8 11 −3 8
Qatar Al-Gharafa 6 0 2 4 3 8 −5 2
Pakhtakor Uzbekistan0–1Kuwait Al Qadisiya
Report Ajab Goal 90+1'
Erbil Iraq1–1Qatar Al-Gharafa
Muslim Mubarak Goal 61' Report Araújo Goal 13'

Al-Gharafa Qatar2–2Uzbekistan Pakhtakor
Mahmoud Goal 57'
Araújo Goal 65'
Report Aliqulov Goal 68'
F. Tadjiyev Goal 78'
Attendance: 2,000

Al Qadisiya Kuwait1–0Qatar Al-Gharafa
Ajab Goal 62' Report
Pakhtakor Uzbekistan2–0Iraq Erbil
Kholmatov Goal 47'
Geynrikh Goal 52' (pen.)
Report
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)

Al-Gharafa Qatar0–1Kuwait Al Qadisiya
Report Al-Mutwa Goal 89'
Attendance: 1,000
Erbil Iraq1–5Uzbekistan Pakhtakor
Sabah Goal 19' Report Siamand Goal 38' (o.g.)
Kuziboyev Goal 69'
Marković Goal 73'
Geynrikh Goal 81'
Kholmatov Goal 90+3'

Al-Gharafa Qatar0–1Iraq Erbil
Report Alwan Goal 29'
Attendance: 200
Referee: Muhsen Basma (Syria)

Pakhtakor Uzbekistan2–0Qatar Al-Gharafa
Z. Tadjiyev Goal 19'
Ahmedov Goal 88' (pen.)
Report
Attendance: 3,000
Erbil Iraq4–2Kuwait Al Qadisiya
Salah Goal 52'70'79'
Alwan Goal 89'
Report Al Shammari Goal 23'
Al-Kandri Goal 34'

Group E[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Australia Adelaide United 6 4 2 0 9 2 +7 14
China Changchun Yatai 6 3 3 0 10 3 +7 12
South Korea Pohang Steelers 6 1 2 3 6 7 −1 5
Vietnam Bình Dương 6 0 1 5 4 17 −13 1
Pohang Steelers South Korea0–2Australia Adelaide United
Report Cornthwaite Goal 3'
Djite Goal 59'
Attendance: 8,436
Referee: Mohsen Torky (Iran)

Adelaide United Australia0–0China Changchun Yatai
Report
Attendance: 10,510


Adelaide United Australia4–1Vietnam Bình Dương
Pantelis Goal 56'
Dodd Goal 58'62'
Diego Goal 77'
Report Phạm Minh Đức Goal 65'
Attendance: 13,802


Pohang Steelers South Korea0–0Vietnam Bình Dương
Report
Attendance: 4,571

Group F[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Japan Kashima Antlers 6 5 0 1 28 3 +25 15
China Beijing Guoan 6 4 0 2 14 9 +5 12
Thailand Krung Thai Bank 6 2 1 3 20 27 −7 7
Vietnam Nam Định 6 0 1 5 4 27 −23 1
Krung Thai Bank Thailand1–9Japan Kashima Antlers
Kone Goal 64' Report Tashiro Goal 15'50'
Iwamasa Goal 21'
Nozawa Goal 34'90+2'
Marquinhos Goal 47'69'71'
Sasaki Goal 73'

Kashima Antlers Japan6–0Vietnam Nam Dinh
Motoyama Goal 25'48'
Marquinhos Goal 58'67'
Tashiro Goal 73'
Danilo Goal 90+2'
Report
Beijing Guoan China4–2Thailand Krung Thai Bank
Du Wenhui Goal 39'73'
Martínez Goal 51'75'
Report Thansopa Goal 58'
Pichitchotirat Goal 63'

Kashima Antlers Japan1–0China Beijing Guoan
Danilo Goal 52' Report
Attendance: 6,487
Referee: Mohsen Torky (Iran)
Krung Thai Bank Thailand9–1Vietnam Nam Dinh
Kone Goal 4'44'90+1'90+2'
Thansopa Goal 8'46'59'
Choeichiu Goal 64'
Wongsuparuk Goal 70'
Report Trần Đức Dương Goal 64'

Nam Dinh Vietnam2–2Thailand Krung Thai Bank
Hoàng Ngọc Linh Goal 2'47' Report Thansopa Goal 21'
Choeichiu Goal 90'

Kashima Antlers Japan8–1Thailand Krung Thai Bank
Iwamasa Goal 19'
Koroki Goal 21'
Tashiro Goal 45'
Nozawa Goal 46'66'
Ogasawara Goal 50'
Danilo Goal 74'83'
Report Pichitchotirat Goal 90'
Beijing Guoan China3–0Vietnam Nam Dinh
Guo Hui Goal 14' (pen.)
Yang Hao Goal 32'78'
Report
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Kadhum Auda (Iraq)

Krung Thai Bank Thailand5–3China Beijing Guoan
Thansopa Goal 10'44'49'69' (pen.)
Pichitchotirat Goal 27'
Report Tiago Goal 67' (pen.)70'77' (pen.)
Notes

Group G[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Japan Gamba Osaka 6 4 2 0 14 8 +6 14
Australia Melbourne Victory 6 2 1 3 10 11 −1 7
South Korea Chunnam Dragons 6 1 3 2 8 10 −2 6
Thailand Chonburi 6 1 2 3 7 10 −3 5
Melbourne Victory Australia2–0South Korea Chunnam Dragons
Muscat Goal 28' (pen.)
Vargas Goal 66'
Report
Attendance: 24,656
Gamba Osaka Japan1–1Thailand Chonburi
Lucas Goal 90+4' Report Sunthornpit Goal 59'
Attendance: 7,000

Chunnam Dragons South Korea3–4Japan Gamba Osaka
Simões Goal 4'
Kim Tae-su Goal 27'60' (pen.)
Report Futagawa Goal 30'
Bando Goal 53'75'
Yasuda Goal 58'
Chonburi Thailand3–1Australia Melbourne Victory
Ney Fabiano Goal 45'
Baga Goal 79'90+5'
Report Allsopp Goal 57'
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Kadhum Auda (Iraq)

Chunnam Dragons South Korea1–0Thailand Chonburi
Simões Goal 90' Report
Melbourne Victory Australia3–4Japan Gamba Osaka
Allsopp Goal 4'65'
Vargas Goal 41'
Report Futagawa Goal 31'
Baré Goal 38'
Yamaguchi Goal 68'
Lucas Goal 89'

Chonburi Thailand2–2South Korea Chunnam Dragons
On-Mo Goal 56'
Jinta Goal 88'
Report Jeong Jun-yeon Goal 5'
Kim Myung-woon Goal 48'
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Tan Hai (China)

Chonburi Thailand0–2Japan Gamba Osaka
Report Yamazaki Goal 64'
Lucas Goal 76'

Melbourne Victory Australia3–1Thailand Chonburi
Muscat Goal 56'
Thompson Goal 65'
Hernández Goal 77'
Report Ney Fabiano Goal 55'
Attendance: 14,558
Gamba Osaka Japan1–1South Korea Chunnam Dragons
Futagawa Goal 75' Report Yoo Hong-youl Goal 86' (pen.)
Attendance: 7,160
Referee: Sun Baojie (China)
Notes

Knock-out stage[edit]

Bracket[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
               
1 Syria Al-Karamah 1 0 1
8 Japan Gamba Osaka 2 2 4
Japan Gamba Osaka 1 3 4
Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 1 1 2
4 Kuwait Al Qadisiya 3 0 3
5 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds (2007 Champion) 2 2 4
Japan Gamba Osaka 3 2 5
Australia Adelaide United 0 0 0
3 Japan Kashima Antlers 1 0 1
6 Australia Adelaide United 1 1 2
Australia Adelaide United 3 0 3
Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 0 1 1
2 Iran Saipa 2 1 3
7 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 2 5 7

Quarter-finals[edit]

The first leg matches were played on 17 September, and the second leg matches were played on 24 September 2008.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Karamah Syria 1–4 Japan Gamba Osaka 1–2 0–2
Al Qadisiya Kuwait 3–4 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
(2007 Champion)
3–2 0–2
Kashima Antlers Japan 1–2 Australia Adelaide United 1–1 0–1
Saipa Iran 3–7 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 2–2 1–5

Semi-finals[edit]

The first leg matches were played on 8 October, and the second leg matches were played on 22 October 2008.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Gamba Osaka Japan 4–2 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 1–1 3–1
Adelaide United Australia 3–1 Uzbekistan Bunyodkor 3–0 0–1

Final[edit]

The first and second legs of the final were played on 5 and 12 November 2008, respectively.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Gamba Osaka Japan 5–0 Australia Adelaide United 3–0 2–0

Top scorers[edit]

The top scorers from the 2008 AFC Champions League are as follows:

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Thailand Nantawat Thansopa Thailand Krung Thai Bank 9
2 Brazil Lucas Japan Gamba Osaka 6
3 Brazil Marquinhos Japan Kashima Antlers 5
Japan Masato Yamazaki Japan Gamba Osaka
Ivory Coast Kone Kassim Thailand Krung Thai Bank
Japan Yuzo Tashiro Japan Kashima Antlers
Brazil Danilo Japan Kashima Antlers
8 Japan Takuya Nozawa Japan Kashima Antlers 4
Brazil Tiago China Beijing Guoan
Chile Villanueva Uzbekistan Bunyodkor
Brazil Diego Walsh Australia Adelaide United

Fair Play Award[edit]

Japan Gamba Osaka

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "article missing". Archived from the original on 29 June 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2007.

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