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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.

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

Contents

Participating clubsEdit

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 (1) Urawa Red Diamonds (2007 AFC Champions League winners)
East Asia & ASEAN (12)
  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 (2) Changchun Yatai (2007 Chinese Super League champions)
Beijing Guoan (2007 Chinese Super League runners-up)
  Indonesia (0)
  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 (2) Pohang Steelers (2007 K-League champions)
Chunnam Dragons (2007 Korean FA Cup winners)
  Thailand (2) Chonburi FC (2007 Thailand Premier League champions)
Krung Thai Bank FC (2007 Thailand Premier League runners-up)
  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 (2) Saipa (2006–07 Persian Gulf Cup champions)
Sepahan (2006–07 Hazfi Cup winners)
  Iraq (2) Erbil SC (2006–07 Iraqi Premier League champions)
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (2006–07 Iraqi Premier League runners-up)
  Kuwait (2) Al Kuwait (2006–07 Kuwaiti Premier League champions)
Al Qadisiya (2007 Kuwait Emir Cup winners)
  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 (2) Al-Ittihad (2006–07 Saudi Premier League champions)
Al-Ahli (2006–07 Saudi Crown Prince Cup winners)
  Syria (2) Al-Karamah (2006–07 Syrian League champions and 2006–07 Syrian Cup winners)
Al-Ittihad (2006–07 Syrian League runners-up)
  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 (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.

FormatEdit

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.

ScheduleEdit

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 stageEdit

Group AEdit

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

Al-Ittihad  0–1  Al-Ittihad
Report Magno Alves   78'
Bunyodkor  2–0  Sepahan
Bakayev   61'
Kapadze   80'
Report

Al-Ittihad  0–2  Bunyodkor
Report Hasanov   50'
Kapadze   65'
Sepahan  2–1  Al-Ittihad
Seyed Salehi   59'
Aghily   71'
Report Al-Meshal   89'
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Sun Baojie (China)

Bunyodkor  1–0  Al-Ittihad
Kapadze   29' Report
Attendance: 12,000

Al-Ittihad  2–1  Sepahan
Laurens   61'
Jésus Gomez   64'
Report Aghily   48'
Bunyodkor  2–0  Al-Ittihad
Soliev   10'
Djeparov   38'
Report

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

Group BEdit

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

Saipa  2–0  Al Wasl
Traoré   45'
Ansarifard   57'
Report
Attendance: 8,000

Al Wasl  1–0  Al Kuwait
Hassan   75' Report
Attendance: 4,622

Saipa  1–1  Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Rahmati   63' (pen.) Report Ayad   71'
Attendance: 10,000
Al Kuwait  2–1  Al Wasl
Ajab   10'
Al Awadhi   42'
Report Ali   4' (pen.)

Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya  1–2  Al Wasl
Kamel   69' Report Al-Enazi   49'
Oliveira   64'
Saipa  1–0  Al Kuwait
Rahmati   24' Report
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Sun Baojie (China)

Al Wasl  1–1  Saipa
André Dias   90+2' Report Traoré   21'
Attendance: 1,500

Group CEdit

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

Al-Ahli  1–1  Al-Karamah
Al Thagafi   15' Report Al Hamwi   44'
Al-Wahda  2–2  Al-Sadd
Pinga   17'
Al Shehhi   85''
Report Tenorio   44'
Emerson   71'

Al-Sadd  0–2  Al-Karamah
Report Al Hamwi   69'
Jenyat   73'
Attendance: 6,000

Al-Wahda  2–1  Al-Ahli
Josiel   35'84' Report Al Gizani   81'
Attendance: 5,000
Al-Karamah  1–0  Al-Sadd
Jenyat   78' Report

Al-Ahli  2–2  Al-Sadd
Taher Zakaria   28' (o.g.)
Sulimani   42' (pen.)
Report Gholam   32' (pen.)
Ahmed   50'
Al-Wahda  1–0  Al-Karamah
Al Shehhi   90' Report

Al-Sadd  0–0  Al-Wahda
Report
Attendance: 800

Group DEdit

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

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

Pakhtakor  2–0  Erbil
Kholmatov   47'
Geynrikh   52' (pen.)
Report
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Masoud Moradi (Iran)

Al-Gharafa  0–1  Al Qadisiya
Report Al-Mutwa   89'
Attendance: 1,000
Erbil  1–5  Pakhtakor
Sabah   19' Report Siamand   38' (o.g.)
Kuziboyev   69'
Marković   73'
Geynrikh   81'
Kholmatov   90+3'

Al Qadisiya  2–2  Pakhtakor
Ajab   20'
Al Salama   45' (pen.)
Report Ahmedov   36'
Z. Tadjiyev   81'
Al-Gharafa  0–1  Erbil
Report Alwan   29'
Attendance: 200
Referee: Muhsen Basma (Syria)

Pakhtakor  2–0  Al-Gharafa
Z. Tadjiyev   19'
Ahmedov   88' (pen.)
Report
Attendance: 3,000
Erbil  4–2  Al Qadisiya
Salah   52'70'79'
Alwan   89'
Report Al Shammari   23'
Al-Kandri   34'

Group EEdit

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

Bình Dương  1–4  Pohang Steelers
Robson De Lima   11' (pen.) Report Denilson   49' (pen.)58' (pen.)
Kim Jae-sung   56'
Choi Hyo-jin   64'


Adelaide United  4–1  Bình Dương
Pantelis   56'
Dodd   58'62'
Diego   77'
Report Phạm Minh Đức   65'
Attendance: 13,802
Pohang Steelers  2–2  Changchun Yatai
Hwang Jae-won   64'
Hwang Jin-sung   90'
Report Wang Dong   35'
Du Zhenyu   70'
Attendance: 5,468



Group FEdit

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

Kashima Antlers  6–0  Nam Dinh
Motoyama   25'48'
Marquinhos   58'67'
Tashiro   73'
Danilo   90+2'
Report
Beijing Guoan  4–2  Krung Thai Bank
Du Wenhui   39'73'
Martínez   51'75'
Report Thansopa   58'
Pichitchotirat   63'

Kashima Antlers  1–0  Beijing Guoan
Danilo   52' Report
Attendance: 6,487
Referee: Mohsen Torky (Iran)
Krung Thai Bank  9–1  Nam Dinh
Kone   4'44'90+1'90+2'
Thansopa   8'46'59'
Choeichiu   64'
Wongsuparuk   70'
Report Trần Đức Dương   64'

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

Kashima Antlers  8–1  Krung Thai Bank
Iwamasa   19'
Koroki   21'
Tashiro   45'
Nozawa   46'66'
Ogasawara   50'
Danilo   74'83'
Report Pichitchotirat   90'
Beijing Guoan  3–0  Nam Dinh
Guo Hui   14' (pen.)
Yang Hao   32'78'
Report
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Kadhum Auda (Iraq)

Krung Thai Bank  5–3  Beijing Guoan
Thansopa   10'44'49'69' (pen.)
Pichitchotirat   27'
Report Tiago   67' (pen.)70'77' (pen.)
Notes

Group GEdit

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

Chunnam Dragons  3–4  Gamba Osaka
Simões   4'
Kim Tae-su   27'60' (pen.)
Report Futagawa   30'
Bando   53'75'
Yasuda   58'
Chonburi  3–1  Melbourne Victory
Ney Fabiano   45'
Baga   79'90+5'
Report Allsopp   57'
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Kadhum Auda (Iraq)

Chunnam Dragons  1–0  Chonburi
Simões   90' Report
Melbourne Victory  3–4  Gamba Osaka
Allsopp   4'65'
Vargas   41'
Report Futagawa   31'
Baré   38'
Yamaguchi   68'
Lucas   89'

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

Chonburi  0–2  Gamba Osaka
Report Yamazaki   64'
Lucas   76'

Melbourne Victory  3–1  Chonburi
Muscat   56'
Thompson   65'
Hernández   77'
Report Ney Fabiano   55'
Attendance: 14,558
Gamba Osaka  1–1  Chunnam Dragons
Futagawa   75' Report Yoo Hong-youl   86' (pen.)
Attendance: 7,160
Referee: Sun Baojie (China)
Notes

Knock-out stageEdit

BracketEdit

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

Quarter-finalsEdit

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   1–4   Gamba Osaka 1–2 0–2
Al Qadisiya   3–4   Urawa Red Diamonds
(2007 Champion)
3–2 0–2
Kashima Antlers   1–2   Adelaide United 1–1 0–1
Saipa   3–7   Bunyodkor 2–2 1–5

Semi-finalsEdit

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   4–2   Urawa Red Diamonds 1–1 3–1
Adelaide United   3–1   Bunyodkor 3–0 0–1

FinalEdit

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   5–0   Adelaide United 3–0 2–0

Top scorersEdit

Fair Play AwardEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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

External linksEdit