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The 2010 AFC Champions League was the 29th edition of the top-level Asian club football tournament organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and the 8th under the current AFC Champions League title. The Final was held at the Olympic Stadium, Tokyo on 13 November 2010.[1] The winner, Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, qualified for the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup in UAE.

2010 AFC Champions League
Tournament details
Dates30 January – 13 November 2010
Teams37 (from 15 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsSouth Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (2nd title)
Runners-upIran Zob Ahan
Tournament statistics
Matches played117
Goals scored339 (2.9 per match)
Attendance1,390,376 (11,884 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil José Mota
(9 goals)
Best player(s)Australia Saša Ognenovski
2009
2011

Contents

QualificationEdit

The preliminary qualification scheme for the AFC 2010 was released in 2008.[2] A total of 38 clubs were due to participate in the 2010 AFC Champions League (eventually reduced to 37).

AFC assessment rankingEdit

West Asia
Pos Member
Association
Points
(total 500)
Clubs Spots
Group
stage
Play-off AFC Cup
4   Saudi Arabia 365 12 4 0 0
5   UAE 356 12 3 1 0
7   Iran 340 18 4 0 0
9   Uzbekistan 289 16 2 0 1
10   Qatar 270 10 2 0 0
13   India 202 10 0 1 1
Meet the criteria
Do not meet the criteria
East Asia
Pos Member
Association
Points
(total 500)
Clubs Spots
Group
stage
Play-off AFC Cup
1   Japan 470 18 4 0 0
2   Korea Republic 441 14 4 0 0
3   China PR 431 16 4 0 0
6   Australia 343 7+1 2 0 0
8   Indonesia 296 18 1 1 0
11   Singapore 279 12 0 1 1
12   Thailand 221 16 0 1 1
14   Vietnam 191 14 0 0 2

One of the A-League clubs, Wellington Phoenix, is based in New Zealand, an OFC member country, therefore not being eligible to compete in the ACL.

Allocation of entriesEdit

Qualifying play-off (8 teams)
However,   Al Kuwait, the 2009 AFC Cup winners, were removed as their league did not meet the Champions League criteria.
Group stage (32 teams)

Qualifying teamsEdit

The following is the list of participants confirmed by the AFC.[3][4]

West Asia (Groups A–D)
Team Qualifying method App* Last App
  Esteghlal 2008–09 Persian Gulf Cup champions 3rd 2009
  Zob Ahan 2008–09 Persian Gulf Cup runners-up
2008–09 Hazfi Cup winners
2nd 2004
  Mes Kerman 2008–09 Persian Gulf Cup 3rd place 1st
  Sepahan 2008–09 Persian Gulf Cup 4th place 6th 2009
  Al-Ittihad 2008–09 Saudi Professional League champions 6th 2009
  Al-Shabab 2009 King Cup of Champions winners 5th 2009
  Al-Hilal 2008–09 Saudi Professional League runners-up 6th 2009
  Al-Ahli 2008–09 Saudi Professional League 3rd place 4th 2008
  Al-Ahli 2008–09 UAE Pro-League champions 4th 2009
  Al-Ain 2008–09 UAE Presidents Cup winners 6th 2007
  Al-Jazira 2008–09 UAE Pro-League runners-up 2nd 2009
  Al-Gharafa 2008–09 Qatar Stars League champions
2009 Emir of Qatar Cup winners
5th 2009
  Al-Sadd 2008–09 Qatar Stars League runners-up 7th 2008
  Bunyodkor 2009 Uzbek League champions 3rd 2009
  Pakhtakor 2009 Uzbekistani Cup winners 8th 2009
Qualifying play-off participants
  Churchill Brothers 2008–09 I-League champions 2nd 2002–03
  Al-Karamah 2009 AFC Cup runners-up 4th 2008
  Al-Wahda 2008–09 UAE Pro-League 4th place 5th 2008
East Asia (Groups E–H)
Team Qualifying method App* Last App
  Beijing Guoan 2009 Chinese Super League champions 3rd 2009
  Changchun Yatai 2009 Chinese Super League runners-up 2nd 2008
  Henan Construction 2009 Chinese Super League 3rd place 1st
  Shandong Luneng Taishan 2009 Chinese Super League 4th place 4th 2009
  Kashima Antlers 2009 J. League Division 1 champions 4th 2009
  Kawasaki Frontale 2009 J. League Division 1 runners-up 3rd 2009
  Gamba Osaka 2009 J. League Division 1 3rd place
2009–10 Emperor's Cup winners
4th 2009
  Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2009 J. League Division 1 4th place 1st
  Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2009 K-League champions 4th 2007
  Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2009 Korean FA Cup winners 3rd 2009
  Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 2009 K-League runners-up 4th 2007
  Pohang Steelers 2009 K-League 3rd place 3rd 2009
  Melbourne Victory 2008–09 A-League premiers
2009 A-League Grand Final winners
2nd 2008
  Adelaide United 2008–09 A-League regular season runners-up 3rd 2008
  Persipura Jayapura 2008–09 Indonesia Super League champions 1st
Qualifying play-off participants
  Sriwijaya 2008–09 Copa Indonesia winners 2nd 2009
  Singapore Armed Forces 2009 S.League champions 2nd 2009
  Muangthong United 2009 Thai Premier League champions 1st
  Đà Nẵng 2009 V-League champions 2nd 2006

* Number of appearances (including qualifying rounds) since the 2002/03 season, when the competition was rebranded as the AFC Champions League

ScheduleEdit

The ACL 2010 schedule was released on 17 July 2009.[5] It will have the same format as the 2009 AFC Champions League.

Date Event
7 December Draw for qualifying play-off, group stage, and round of 16
30 January Qualifying play-off semi-finals
6 February Qualifying play-off finals
23–24 February Group stage Match Day 1
9–10 March Group stage Match Day 2
23–24 March Group stage Match Day 3
30–31 March Group stage Match Day 4
13–14 April Group stage Match Day 5
Date Event
27–28 April Group stage Match Day 6
11–12 May Round of 16
25 May Draw for remaining rounds[6]
15 September Quarter-finals 1st leg
22 September Quarter-finals 2nd leg
6 October Semi-finals 1st leg
20 October Semi-finals 2nd leg
13 November Final (National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan)[1]

Qualifying play-offEdit

The teams have been divided into two zones. East has four teams while West has three after AFC Cup champions Kuwait SC's failure to fulfil the criteria set by AFC to compete in the play-offs.[7] The draw for the qualifying play-off was held on 7 December 2009 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[8] All losers from the qualifying play-off will enter the 2010 AFC Cup.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Asia Semi-final
Al-Karamah   0–1   Al-Wahda
West Asia Final
Al-Wahda   5–2   Churchill Brothers
East Asia Semi-finals
Singapore Armed Forces   3–0   Sriwijaya
SHB Đà Nẵng   0–3   Muangthong United
East Asia Final
Singapore Armed Forces   0–0
(aet)(4–3p)
  Muangthong United

Group stageEdit

The draw for the group stage was held on 7 December 2009 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[8]

Each club plays double round-robin (home and away) against fellow three group members, a total of 6 matches each. Clubs receive 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss. The clubs are ranked according to points and tie breakers are in following order:

  1. Greater number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  2. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned; (Away goals do not apply)
  3. Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned; (Away goals do not apply)
  4. Goal difference in all the group matches;
  5. Greater number of goals scored in all the group matches;
  6. Kicks from the penalty mark if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play;
  7. Fewer score calculated according to the number of yellow and red cards received in the group matches; (1 point for each yellow card, 3 points for each red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for each direct red card, 4 points for each yellow card followed by a direct red card)
  8. Drawing of lots.

Winners and runners-up of each group will qualify for the next round.

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts   GHA   EST   AHL   JAZ
1   Al-Gharafa (A) 6 4 1 1 11 9 +2 13 1–1 3–2 4–2
2   Esteghlal (A) 6 3 2 1 9 5 +4 11 3–0 2–1 0–0
3   Al-Ahli 6 2 0 4 11 9 +2 6 0–1 1–2 5–1
4   Al-Jazira 6 1 1 4 6 14 −8 4 1–2 2–1 0–2

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts   ZOB   BUN   ITT   WAH
1   Zob Ahan (A) 6 4 1 1 8 3 +5 13 3–0 1–0 1–0
2   Bunyodkor (A) 6 3 1 2 10 7 +3 10 0–1 3–0 4–1
3   Al-Ittihad Jeddah 6 2 2 2 9 7 +2 8 2–2 1–1 4–0
4   Al-Wahda 6 1 0 5 3 13 −10 3 1–0 1–2 0–2

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts   SHB   PAK   SEP   AIN
1   Al-Shabab (A) 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 10 2–1 1–1 3–2
2   Pakhtakor (A) 6 3 0 3 8 10 −2 9 1–3 2–1 3–2
3   Sepahan 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 8 1–0 2–0 0–0
4   Al-Ain 6 2 1 3 8 8 0 7 2–1 0–1 2–0

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts   HIL   MES   SAD   AHL
1   Al-Hilal (A) 6 3 2 1 11 7 +4 11 3–1 0–0 1–1
2   Mes Kerman (A) 6 3 0 3 13 13 0 9 3–1 3–1 4–2
3   Al-Sadd 6 2 2 2 12 9 +3 8 0–3 4–1 2–2
4   Al-Ahli 6 1 2 3 9 16 −7 5 2–3 2–1 0–5

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts   SEO   BEI   KAW   MEL
1   Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (A) 6 5 0 1 11 6 +5 15 3–1 2–0 3–2
2   Beijing Guoan (A) 6 3 1 2 7 5 +2 10 0–1 2–0 1–0
3   Kawasaki Frontale 6 2 0 4 8 8 0 6 3–0 1–3 4–0
4   Melbourne Victory 6 1 1 4 3 10 −7 4 0–2 0–0 1–0

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts   KAS   JEO   CHA   JAY
1   Kashima Antlers (A) 6 6 0 0 14 3 +11 18 2–1 1–0 5–0
2   Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (A) 6 4 0 2 17 6 +11 12 1–2 1–0 8–0
3   Changchun Yatai 6 1 0 5 10 7 +3 3 0–1 1–2 9–0
4   Persipura Jayapura 6 1 0 5 4 29 −25 3 1–3 1–4 2–0

Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts   SUW   OSA   SAF   HEN
1   Suwon Samsung Bluewings (A) 6 4 1 1 13 4 +9 13 0–0 6–2 2–0
2   Gamba Osaka (A) 6 3 3 0 11 5 +6 12 2–1 3–0 1–1
3   Singapore Armed Forces 6 1 1 4 6 16 −10 4 0–2 2–4 2–1
4   Henan Construction 6 0 3 3 3 8 −5 3 0–2 1–1 0–0

Group HEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts   ADE   POH   HIR   SHA
1   Adelaide United (A) 6 3 1 2 6 4 +2 10 1–0 3–2 0–1
2   Pohang Steelers (A) 6 3 1 2 8 7 +1 10 0–0 2–1 1–0
3   Sanfrecce Hiroshima 6 3 0 3 11 11 0 9 1–0 4–3 0–1
4   Shandong Luneng 6 2 0 4 5 8 −3 6 0–2 1–2 2–3

Knockout stageEdit

BracketEdit

  Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                                     
  Adelaide United 2  
  Jeonbuk Motors (aet) 3  
    Jeonbuk Motors 0 1 1  
    Al-Shabab 2 0 2  
  Al-Shabab 3
  Esteghlal 2  
    Al-Shabab 4 0 4  
    Seongnam Ihwa (a) 3 1 4  
  Seongnam Ilhwa 3  
  Gamba Osaka 0  
    Seongnam Ilhwa 4 0 4
    Suwon Bluewings 1 2 3  
  Suwon Bluewings 2
  Beijing Guoan 0  
    Seongnam Ilhwa 3
    Zob Ahan 1
  Zob Ahan 1  
  Mes Kerman 0  
    Zob Ahan 2 1 3
    Pohang Steelers 1 1 2  
  Kashima Antlers 0
  Pohang Steelers 1  
    Zob Ahan 1 1 2
    Al-Hilal 0 0 0  
  Al-Hilal 3  
  Bunyodkor 0  
    Al-Hilal (aet) 3 2 5
    Al-Gharafa 0 4 4  
  Al-Gharafa 1
  Pakhtakor 0  

Round of 16Edit

The draw for the round of 16 was held on 7 December 2009, along with the draw for the qualifying play-off and group stage. The matches were played on 11 and 12 May 2010.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Asia
Al-Gharafa   1–0   Pakhtakor
Al-Shabab   3–2   Esteghlal
Zob Ahan   1–0   Mes Kerman
Al-Hilal   3–0   Bunyodkor
East Asia
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma   3–0   Gamba Osaka
Suwon Samsung Bluewings   2–0   Beijing Guoan
Kashima Antlers   0–1   Pohang Steelers
Adelaide United   2–3 (aet)   Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors

Quarter-finalsEdit

The draw for the remaining rounds was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 25 May 2010.[9] Because of the country protection rule, if there are two clubs from the same country, they will not face each other in the quarter-finals. Therefore, the two clubs from Saudi Arabia may not be drawn with each other in the quarter-finals. However, the same rule does not apply if there are more than two clubs from the country. Therefore, the four clubs from the Korea Republic may be drawn with each other in the quarter-finals.[10]

The first legs were played on 15 September, and the second legs were played on 22 September 2010.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Hilal   5–4   Al-Gharafa 3–0 2–4 (aet)
Zob Ahan   3–2   Pohang Steelers 2–1 1–1
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors   1–2   Al-Shabab 0–2 1–0
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma   4–3   Suwon Samsung Bluewings 4–1 0–2

Semi-finalsEdit

The first legs were played on 5 and 6 October, and the second legs were played on 20 October 2010.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Shabab   4–4 (a)   Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 4–3 0–1
Zob Ahan   2–0   Al-Hilal 1–0 1–0

FinalEdit

The final was played on 13 November 2010. It was a one-leg match played at the National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan.

Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma  3 – 1  Zob Ahan
Saša   29'
Cho Byung-Kuk   53'
Kim Chul-ho   83'
Report Khalatbari   67'
Attendance: 27,308

Top scorersEdit

Note: Goals scored in qualifying round not counted.

Rank Player Club MD1 MD2 MD3 MD4 MD5 MD6 R16 QF1 QF2 SF1 SF2 0F0 Total
1   José Mota   Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1 2 1 1 2 2 9
2   Mauricio Molina   Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 1 1 2 1 2 7
3   Denilson   FC Bunyodkor 1 2 2 5
  Mohammad Reza Khalatbari   Zob Ahan 1 1 1 1 1 5
  Farhad Majidi   Esteghlal 2 2 1 5
  Leandro   Al-Sadd 3 2 5
  Flávio   Al-Shabab 2 2 1 5
  Araújo   Al-Gharafa 1 3 1 5
  Eninho   Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1 2 2 5
  Mehdi Rajabzadeh   Mes Kerman /   Zob Ahan 2 1 1 1 5
  Yasser Al-Qahtani   Al-Hilal 2 1 1 1 5

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Tokyo to host 2010 AFC Champions League final
  2. ^ Final assessment
  3. ^ Champions’ line-up for 2010 AFC Champions League
  4. ^ Karamah vying for ACL 2010 play-off glory
  5. ^ "ACL 2010 match schedule approved". AFC. 17 July 2009. Archived from the original on 21 July 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2009.
  6. ^ & AFC Cup knockout stage draw
  7. ^ ACL 2010 play-off format confirmed
  8. ^ a b Intriguing clashes aplenty in ACL
  9. ^ Explosive encounters set to light up ACL
  10. ^ Open ACL draw for Koreans; Saudis separated

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