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The 2012 AFC Champions League was the 31st edition of the top-level Asian club football tournament organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and the 10th under the current AFC Champions League title.

2012 AFC Champions League
AFC Champions League 1.jpg
Tournament details
Dates10 February – 10 November 2012
Teams37 (from 11 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsSouth Korea Ulsan Hyundai (1st title)
Runners-upSaudi Arabia Al-Ahli
Tournament statistics
Matches played117
Goals scored338 (2.89 per match)
Attendance1,480,245 (12,652 per match)
Top scorer(s)Brazil Ricardo Oliveira
(12 goals)[1]
Best player(s)South Korea Lee Keun-Ho[2]
2011
2013

Ulsan Hyundai from South Korea won their first title, defeating Al-Ahli from Saudi Arabia with a 3–0 win in the final, and qualified for the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup.[3][4]

Contents

Allocation of entries per associationEdit

The AFC has approved criteria for participation in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.[5] The final decision date was set after the Executive Committee meeting in November 2010.[6]

On 30 November 2009, the AFC announced 12 more MA's that were keen to join the ACL, in addition to ten participating national associations. Singapore later withdrew. The full list of candidate associations were as follows:

East Asia
West Asia

Note: India, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam have clubs taking part in play-offs to qualify for the group stages of ACL in 2010.

Entrants per associationEdit

It was originally announced that the allocation for entry to the 2012 ACL would stay the same as the previous three seasons with the exception of Vietnam, who were disqualified, and their previous playoff slot was awarded to Qatar.[8] However, following the AFC Executive Committee meeting in November 2011, it was decided that the number of slots for each association to be changed based on evaluation of the AFC Champions League criteria that took place in 2011.[9]

A total of eleven member associations (see below) which participated in the 2011 AFC Champions League was evaluated for participating in the 2012 AFC Champions League.[10] India, which played in the 2011 ACL play-off, was not evaluated and dropped to the AFC Cup. The other member associations which applied but did not meet the criteria for 2011 ACL was not evaluated at all for 2012.

Evaluation for 2012 ACL
Meet all items of the criteria
Meet some items of the criteria
Do not meet the criteria
Notes

Qualifying teamsEdit

A total of 37 teams participated in the 2012 AFC Champions League.[10]

  • 28 teams (14 in West Asia Zone, 14 in East Asia Zone) directly entered the group stage.
  • 9 teams (5 in West Asia Zone, 4 in East Asia Zone) competed in the qualifying play-off, which was divided into two rounds. The 4 winners (2 in West Asia Zone, 2 in East Asia Zone) qualified for the group stage. Losers of the qualifying play-off final round entered the 2012 AFC Cup group stage. However, losers of the qualifying play-off semi-final round were eliminated from all AFC competitions, a change from previous seasons where they would also enter the AFC Cup.
Notes
  • * Number of appearances (including qualifying rounds) since the 2002/03 season, when the competition was rebranded as the AFC Champions League.
  • Bunyodkor (Uzbekistan) was moved to the East Asia Zone.[10]
  • Persipura Jayapura were initially disqualified by the AFC from participating but on appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the CAS ruled on 1 February 2012 that they should be provisionally reinstated to the competition and were entitled to play in the qualifying play-off.[13]
  • Al-Kuwait (Kuwait), the 2011 AFC Cup runners-up, failed to fulfil the criteria set by AFC to compete in the 2012 AFC Champions League, and thus directly entered the 2012 AFC Cup. Nasaf Qarshi (Uzbekistan), the 2011 AFC Cup winners, already directly qualified for the group stage based on their domestic performance.[10]

ScheduleEdit

Schedule of dates for 2012 competition.[14]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying play-offs Semi-finals 6 December 2011
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)[15]
10 February 2012
Finals 18 February 2012
Group stage Matchday 1 6–7 March 2012
Matchday 2 20–21 March 2012
Matchday 3 3–4 April 2012
Matchday 4 17–18 April 2012
Matchday 5 1–2 May 2012
Matchday 6 15–16 May 2012
Knockout phase Round of 16 22–23 May 2012 (West Asia Zone)[16]
29–30 May 2012 (East Asia Zone)
Quarter-finals 14 June 2012
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)[17]
19 September 2012 2–3 October 2012
Semi-finals 24 October 2012 31 October 2012
Final 9 or 10 November 2012 at home of one of the finalists

Qualifying play-offEdit

The draw for the qualifying play-off was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 6 December 2011.[18] The winners advanced to the group stage, while the losers of the final round advanced to the AFC Cup group stage,[19] except the loser of the match between Adelaide United and Persipura Jayapura.[20]

West Asia ZoneEdit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Semi-final Round
Esteghlal   2–0   Zob Ahan
Final Round
Al-Shabab   3–0   Neftchi Farg'ona
Esteghlal   3–1   Al-Ettifaq

East Asia ZoneEdit

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Final Round
Pohang Steelers   2–0   Chonburi
Adelaide United   3–0   Persipura Jayapura

Group stageEdit

The draw for the group stage was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 6 December 2011.[21] Clubs from the same country may not be drawn into the same group. The winners and runners-up of each group advanced to the knockout stage.[19]

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification JAZ EST RAY NQA
1   Al-Jazira 6 5 1 0 18 10 +8 16 Advanced to Round of 16 1–1 3–2 4–1
2   Esteghlal 6 3 2 1 8 3 +5 11 1–2 3–0 0–0
3   Al-Rayyan 6 2 0 4 9 12 −3 6 3–4 0–1 3–1
4   Nasaf Qarshi 6 0 1 5 4 14 −10 1 2–4 0–2 0–1

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ITT YAS PAK ARA
1   Al-Ittihad 6 5 1 0 13 4 +9 16 Advanced to Round of 16 1–0 4–0 3–2
2   Baniyas 6 3 2 1 9 2 +7 11 0–0 2–0 2–0
3   Pakhtakor 6 2 1 3 6 10 −4 7 1–2 1–1 3–1
4   Al-Arabi 6 0 0 6 4 16 −12 0 1–3 0–4 0–1

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SEP AHL NAS LEK
1   Sepahan 6 4 1 1 9 4 +5 13 Advanced to Round of 16 2–1 1–0 2–1
2   Al-Ahli 6 3 1 2 10 6 +4 10 1–1 3–1 3–0
3   Al-Nasr 6 2 0 4 6 11 −5 6[a] 0–3 1–2 2–1
4   Lekhwiya 6 2 0 4 5 9 −4 6[a] 1–0 1–0 1–2
Source: WorldFootball.net
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Al-Nasr and Lekhwiya are ranked by their head-to-head record (Al-Nasr: 6 pts; Lekhwiya: 0 pts).

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification HIL PER GHA SHA
1   Al-Hilal 6 3 3 0 10 7 +3 12 Advanced to Round of 16 1–1 2–1 2–1
2   Persepolis 6 3 2 1 14 5 +9 11 0–1 1–1 6–1
3   Al-Gharafa 6 1 3 2 7 10 −3 6 3–3 0–3 2–1
4   Al-Shabab 6 0 2 4 5 14 −9 2 1–1 1–3 0–0

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ADE BYD POH GMB
1   Adelaide United 6 4 1 1 7 2 +5 13 Advanced to Round of 16 0–0 1–0 2–0
2   Bunyodkor 6 3 1 2 8 7 +1 10 1–2 1–0 3–2
3   Pohang Steelers 6 3 0 3 6 4 +2 9 1–0 0–2 2–0
4   Gamba Osaka 6 1 0 5 5 13 −8 3 0–2 3–1 0–3

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ULS TOK BBR BEG
1   Ulsan Hyundai 6 4 2 0 11 7 +4 14 Advanced to Round of 16 1–0 1–1 2–1
2   FC Tokyo 6 3 2 1 12 6 +6 11 2–2 4–2 3–0
3   Brisbane Roar 6 0 3 3 6 11 −5 3[a] 1–2 0–2 1–1
4   Beijing Guoan 6 0 3 3 6 11 −5 3[a] 2–3 1–1 1–1
Source: WorldFootball.net
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Brisbane Roar and Beijing Guoan are tied on their head-to-head record (2 pts, 0 GD, 2 GF), overall goal difference and overall goals scored, and so are ranked by their fair play record (Brisbane Roar: 9 YC + 1 RC = 12 pts; Beijing Guoan: 12 YC + 2 RC = 18 pts).

Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SIC NGY CCM TTD
1   Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 6 2 4 0 13 5 +8 10[a] Advanced to Round of 16 1–1 5–0 1–1
2   Nagoya Grampus 6 2 4 0 10 4 +6 10[a] 2–2 3–0 0–0
3   Central Coast Mariners 6 1 3 2 7 11 −4 6 1–1 1–1 5–1
4   Tianjin Teda 6 0 3 3 2 12 −10 3 0–3 0–3 0–0
Source: WorldFootball.net
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma and Nagoya Grampus are tied on their head-to-head record (2 pts, 0 GD, 3 GF), and so are ranked by their overall goal difference.

Group HEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification GEG KSR JHM BRU
1   Guangzhou Evergrande 6 3 1 2 12 8 +4 10[a] Advanced to Round of 16 3–1 1–3 1–2
2   Kashiwa Reysol 6 3 1 2 11 7 +4 10[a] 0–0 5–1 1–0
3   Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 6 3 0 3 10 15 −5 9 1–5 0–2 3–2
4   Buriram United 6 2 0 4 8 11 −3 6 1–2 3–2 0–2
Source: WorldFootball.net
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Guangzhou Evergrande and Kashiwa Reysol are ranked by their head-to-head record (Guangzhou Evergrande: 4 pts; Kashiwa Reysol: 1 pt).

Knockout stageEdit

BracketEdit

  Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                                     
  Adelaide United 1  
  Nagoya Grampus 0  
    Adelaide United 2 2 4  
    Bunyodkor (aet) 2 3 5  
  Seongnam Ilhwa 0
  Bunyodkor 1  
    Bunyodkor 1 0 1  
    Ulsan Hyundai 3 2 5  
  Ulsan Hyundai 3  
  Kashiwa Reysol 2  
    Ulsan Hyundai 1 4 5
    Al-Hilal 0 0 0  
  Al-Hilal 7
  Baniyas 1  
    Ulsan Hyundai 3
    Al-Ahli 0
  Al-Ittihad 3  
  Persepolis 0  
    Al-Ittihad 4 1 5
    Guangzhou Evergrande 2 2 4  
  Guangzhou Evergrande 1
  FC Tokyo 0  
    Al-Ittihad 1 0 1
    Al-Ahli 0 2 2  
  Sepahan 2  
  Esteghlal 0  
    Sepahan 0 1 1
    Al-Ahli 0 4 4  
  Al-Jazira 3 (2)
  Al-Ahli (aet; p) 3 (4)  

Round of 16Edit

The matchups for the round of 16 were decided based on the results from the group stage.[22] Each tie was played as one match, hosted by the winners of each group (Team 1) against the runners-up of another group (Team 2).[19]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
West Asia
Al-Jazira   3–3 (aet)
(2–4 p)
  Al-Ahli
Sepahan   2–0   Esteghlal
Al-Ittihad   3–0   Persepolis
Al-Hilal   7–1   Baniyas
East Asia
Adelaide United   1–0   Nagoya Grampus
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma   0–1   Bunyodkor
Ulsan Hyundai   3–2   Kashiwa Reysol
Guangzhou Evergrande   1–0   FC Tokyo

Quarter-finalsEdit

The draw for the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and final was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 14 June 2012.[23] It determined the matchups for the quarter-finals and semi-finals as well as the potential host for the final.[24]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Ittihad   5–4   Guangzhou Evergrande 4–2 1–2
Sepahan   1–4   Al-Ahli 0–0 1–4
Adelaide United   4–5   Bunyodkor 2–2 2–3 (a.e.t.)
Ulsan Hyundai   5–0   Al-Hilal 1–0 4–0

Semi-finalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Ittihad   1–2   Al-Ahli 1–0 0–2
Bunyodkor   1–5   Ulsan Hyundai 1–3 0–2

FinalEdit

The final of the 2012 AFC Champions League was hosted by one of the finalists, decided by a draw.[19] According to the draw on 14 June 2012, the winner of semi-final 2 would host the final.[25] Therefore, Ulsan Hyundai was the home team.

Top scorersEdit

Rank Player Club MD1 MD2 MD3 MD4 MD5 MD6 R16 QF1 QF2 SF1 SF2 0F0 Total
1   Ricardo Oliveira   Al-Jazira 1 1 1 3 4 2 12
2   Naif Hazazi   Al-Ittihad 2 1 1 1 2 1 8
3   Rafinha   Gamba Osaka (GS)
  Ulsan Hyundai (QF+SF+F)
2 1 2 1 1 7
  Victor Simões   Al-Ahli 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7
5   Darío Conca   Guangzhou Evergrande 2 1 1 1 1 6
  Kim Shin-Wook   Ulsan Hyundai 1 1 1 1 1 1 6
7   Éamon Zayed   Persepolis 3 1 1 5
  Bruno Correa   Sepahan 1 1 1 1 1 5
  Leandro Domingues   Kashiwa Reysol 2 1 1 1 5
  Yoo Byung-Soo   Al-Hilal 1 4 5
  Amara Diané   Al-Nasr 2 1 1 1 5

Note: Goals scored in qualifying play-off not counted.[26]

Source:[27][28]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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