2012 CAF Champions League Final
The 2012 CAF Champions League Final was the final of the 2012 CAF Champions League, the 48th edition of Africa's premier club football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the 16th edition under the current CAF Champions League format.
7 November Stadium hosted the podium where Al Ahly lifted the trophy
|Event||2012 CAF Champions League|
|Date||4 November 2012|
|Venue||Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria|
|Man of the Match||Moez Ben Cherifia (ES Tunis)|
|Referee||Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)|
|Date||17 November 2012|
|Venue||Stade 7 November, Radès|
|Man of the Match||Al-Sayed Hamdy (Al Ahly)|
|Referee||Bouchaib El Ahrach (Morocco)|
The final was played between Al-Ahly from Egypt and Espérance ST from Tunisia. Al-Ahly won 3–2 on aggregate (first leg: 1–1; second leg: 2–1) to win a record seventh title. As the winner of the 2012 CAF Champions League, they qualified to enter the quarterfinals of the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup as the CAF representative, as well as participate in the 2013 CAF Super Cup against the winner of the 2012 CAF Confederation Cup.
In the following table, finals until 1996 were in the African Cup of Champions Club era, since 1997 were in the CAF Champions League era.
|Team||Region||Previous finals appearances (bold indicates winners)|
|Al Ahly||UNAF (North Africa)||1982, 1983, 1987, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008|
|ES Tunis||UNAF (North Africa)||1994, 1999, 2000, 2010, 2011|
Borg El Arab Stadium StadiumEdit
Borg El Arab Stadium, is a stadium commissioned in 2005 in the Mediterranean Sea resort of Borg El Arab; 25 km west of Alexandria, Egypt. It is the largest stadium in Egypt and the second largest in Africa (after FNB Stadium in Johannesburg) with a capacity of 86,000 and is an all-seater. It is also the 27th largest stadium in the world, and the 9th largest association football stadium in the world. It is located on the Cairo-Alexandria desert highway 10 km from Borg El Arab Airport and 15 km from Alexandria's city center. A running track runs around the pitch, and the ground has four large floodlights. Only one stand is covered by a roof.
The stadium is 145 feddans, is surrounded by a fence which is 3 km long, an internal road network its long is 6 km, a parking lot which could fit 5000 cars and 200 bus beside an airstrip, there are 136 electronic entrances. The main cabin is covered by an umbrella which covers 35% of the stadium total area, and it is considered the biggest umbrella in the Middle East. Its length is 200 m, its dimension is 60 m and its area is 12,000 m2, which is equal to 3 feddans.
The stadium is air-conditioned and that condition includes the clothes chambers, the salons and entrances, also the stadium includes 8 elevators for broadcasters, handicapped, services and important persons. There are 2 sub-stadiums for training and each ground can hold 2000 spectators, includes 2 locker rooms and a stadium for Athletics. The stadium also includes a hotel for 200 guests which is air-conditioned and has a swimming pool, gym and a department building which contains 80 people. The stadium includes a building which contains 300 presses. This building includes cabinets for broadcasters, entrances for emergency, ambulance cars, 39 and cafeterias, 337 bathrooms which classified to 33 bathrooms for women and 8 bathrooms for the handicapped.
7 November StadiumEdit
Stade 7 November is a multi-purpose stadium in Radès, Tunisia about 10 kilometers south-east of the city center of Tunis, in the center of the Olympic City. It is currently used mostly for football matches and it also has facilities for athletics. The stadium holds 60,000 and was built in 2001 for the 2001 Mediterranean Games and is considered to be one of the best stadiums in Africa. The stadium was built for the 2001 Mediterranean Games, the 60,000-seat covered area covers 13,000 m2 and consists of a central area, 3 adjoining grounds, 2 warm-up rooms, 2 paintings and an official stand of 7,000 seats. The press gallery is equipped with 300 desks.
Club Africain and ES Tunis play their major league matches here. Before the construction of this stadium, the Tunis derby used to be played in the 45,000 seat-capacity Stade El Menzah. It is also the stadium of Tunisia national football team since 2001.
Road to finalEdit
|Al Ahly||Round||ES Tunis|
|Opponent||Agg.||1st leg||2nd leg||Qualifying rounds||Opponent||Agg.||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Ethiopian Coffee||3–0||0–0 (A)||3–0 (H)||First round||Brikama United||4–2||1–1 (A)||3–1 (H)|
|Stade Malien||3–2||0–1 (A)||3–1 (H)||Second round||Dynamos||7–1||6–0 (H)||1–1 (A)|
|TP Mazembe||2–1 (H)||Matchday 1||Sunshine Stars||2–0 (A)|
|Zamalek||1–0 (A)||Matchday 2||ASO Chlef||3–2 (H)|
|Berekum Chelsea||4–1 (H)||Matchday 3||Étoile du Sahel||1–0 (H) cancelled†|
|Berekum Chelsea||1–1 (A)||Matchday 4||Étoile du Sahel||2–0 (A) cancelled†|
|TP Mazembe||0–2 (A)||Matchday 5||Sunshine Stars||1–0 (H)|
|Zamalek||1–1 (H)||Matchday 6||ASO Chlef||0–1 (A)|
|Opponent||Agg.||1st leg||2nd leg||Knock-out stage||Opponent||Agg.||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Sunshine Stars||4–3||3–3 (A)||1–0 (H)||Semifinals||TP Mazembe||1–0||0–0 (A)||1–0 (H)|
† The match Étoile du Sahel v Espérance ST on Matchday 4 was abandoned due to crowd disturbance. The CAF decided to disqualify Étoile du Sahel as a result and all results obtained previously by Étoile du Sahel within Group A were cancelled.
The final is decided over two legs, with aggregate goals used to determine the winner. If the sides are level on aggregate after the second leg, the away goals rule applied, and if still level, the tie proceed directly to a penalty shootout (no extra time is played).
|Al Ahly||1–1||ES Tunis|
|Hamdy 88'||Report||Hichri 49'|
CAF's Man of the Match:
|ES Tunis||1 – 2||Al Ahly|
|N'Djeng 85'||Report||Geddo 43'
Espérance de Tunis
CAF's Man of the Match:
- "Ahly and Esperance draw in Champions League final first leg". Confederation of African Football. 4 November 2012.
- "Al Ahly win record seventh CAF Champions League title". Confederation of African Football. 17 November 2012.
- "Ahly win seventh ACL crown". mtnfootball. 17 November 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-11-22. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
- "Al Ahly dedicate triumph to tragic fans". FIFA.com. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
- "The boys are ready", Al-Ahram Weekly, Al Ahram Publishing House (965), 17 September 2009, archived from the original on 10 October 2010, retrieved 6 June 2010
- "Disqualification of Etoile Sportive du Sahel from the 16th Edition of Orange CAF Champions League 2012" (PDF). Confédération Africaine de Football. 26 August 2012.
- "Regulations of the CAF Champions League" (PDF). Confédération Africaine de Football. Retrieved 14 December 2011.