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The AFC Cup is an annual International association football competition between domestic clubs run by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Qualification to the competition is available to clubs from AFC-affiliated countries that fall into the AFC's 'developing nations' category as laid out in their 'Vision Asia' document.[1] Countries which are 'emerging' nations are eligible to participate in the AFC Cup, whereas countries which have better infrastructure and football prowess are entered into the AFC Champions League.

AFC Cup
AFC Cup logo.svg
Founded2004; 15 years ago (2004)
RegionAsia (AFC)
Number of teams36
Related competitionsAFC Champions League
Current championsIraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya (3rd title)
Most successful club(s)Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Kuwait Al-Kuwait
(3 titles each)
WebsiteOfficial website
2019 AFC Cup

The 'developing nations' are the 34 'next-best' countries that lie outside the top-12 countries in the AFC region which send their clubs to the more prestigious AFC Champions League. Before the reform in competition format that took place in 2009, the two competitions were not interlinked as the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League are in Europe, and AFC Champions League losers did not compete in the Cup. Following the reform in 2009, finalists of the AFC Cup meeting AFC's criteria and certain other eligible teams are allowed to compete in the qualifying round of AFC Champions League with the losers demoted to play in the AFC Cup.

Al-Kuwait and Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya are the most successful club in the competition's history, having won three titles each. Clubs from Kuwait have won four titles, making them the most successful nation in the competition. Ever since the inauguration of the competition in 2004, the finalists of each edition have been dominated by clubs from West Asia until 2015 when the Malaysian team Johor Darul Ta'zim from East Asia became one of the finalists and became champions. Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya are the current champions after defeating Altyn Asyr in the final to win the 2018 AFC Cup, becoming the first ever club to win the trophy on three successive occasions.

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HistoryEdit

The AFC Cup began in 2004 as a second tier competition to relate back to the AFC Champions League as 14 countries that had developing status competed in the first competition with 18 teams being nominated. Group A, B, C had West and Central Asian teams while the other two groups had east and South East Asia. The winners and three runners-up would then head to the knock-out stage where it was a random draw in who was going to play. Al-Jaish took the first AFC Cup after they defeated fellow Syrian opponents Al-Wahda on away goals.

In 2005, 18 teams competed from nine nations with the nations still being allowed to choose from one or two teams entering. After Syrian teams left the AFC Cup to try at the Champions League for four years, Al-Faisaly defeated Al-Nejmeh in the final. With it, Jordanian teams would win the next two AFC Cup seasons with Bahrain joining the league while Bangladesh was relegated to the AFC President's Cup until the tournament's abolition in 2014.

Al-Muharraq would break the trend in 2008 as they competed in the last two-legged final before it headed back into a one-leg system which still runs to this day.

FormatEdit

Some changes were applied in terms of teams and format for the 2017 AFC Cup. A total of 36 teams participate in the group stage (12 each from West Asia and ASEAN, and 4 each from East Asia, Central Asia, and South Asia). The final will be played as a one-off match.

AllocationEdit

Teams from only 27 AFC countries have reached the group stage of the AFC Cup. The allocation of those teams by member country is listed below; asterisks represent occasions where at least one team was eliminated in qualification for the group stage. 32 AFC countries have had teams participate in qualification, and countries that have never had teams reach the group stage are not shown.

Associations Spots
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
East
  Hong Kong 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 0 0 2
  Macau 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0* 0 1 0
  Mongolia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0* 1 0* 0*
  North Korea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 1*
  Chinese Taipei 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Total 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 4 4
ASEAN
  Cambodia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1* 1 1
  Indonesia 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 1 2 2 2 0 0 2 2
  Laos 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0* 0* 1
  Malaysia 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 0 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 0
  Myanmar 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
  Philippines 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1* 2 2 2 2
  Singapore 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
  Thailand 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Vietnam 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 2 2 2 2 0 0 2 2 2
Total 4 4 4 6 4 8 8 7 10 10 10 10 9 11 12 12
South
  Bangladesh 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0* 1 1 1* 1
  India 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
  Maldives 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1* 2 2 2 2 1* 1* 0
  Nepal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0* 0 0 0 1
Total 5 6 6 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 5 4 4 4
Central
  Kyrgyzstan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0* 0* 2 1* 1*
  Tajikistan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1* 1* 1* 1* 2
  Turkmenistan 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1* 1* 1* 2 1*
  Uzbekistan 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2 2 2 2 0 1 1 2 1 2 2 2 2 4 4 4
West
  Bahrain 0 0 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 1 2 2 2 2 2 2
  Iraq 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 0
  Jordan 0 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
  Kuwait 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 3 3 2 2 2 0 0 0 2
  Lebanon 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
  Oman 1 0 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1* 2 2 2 1*
  Palestine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0* 1* 2 0* 0* 1
  Qatar 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Saudi Arabia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Syria 2 0 0 0 0 2 3 3 2 1* 2 2 2 2 2 2
  Yemen 1 0 0 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 0* 0* 0 0 0 0
Total 6 4 6 10 10 17 16 17 16 14 14 14 14 12 12 12
Total
Finals 18 18 20 24 20 32 31 32 32 32 32 32 32 34 36 36
Qualifying 18 18 20 24 20 32 31 32 33 33 34 41 40 50 44 43

Prize moneyEdit

The prize money for the 2019 AFC Cup:[2][3]

Phase Purse
(US Dollars)
Travel Subsidy
(per match)
Preliminary stage N/A $40,000
Playoff stage N/A $40,000
Group stages N/A $40,000
Knockout stages Zonal Champion: $100,000 $40,000
Final Champions: $1.5 million
Runners-up: $750,000
$40,000

Results and statisticsEdit

FinalsEdit

List of AFC Cup finals
Year Nation Home team Score Away team Nation Venue Attendance
2004   Syria Al-Wahda 2–3 Al-Jaish   Syria   Abbasiyyin Stadium, Damascus
  Syria Al-Jaish 0–1 Al-Wahda   Syria   Abbasiyyin Stadium, Damascus
Aggregate 3–3, Al-Jaish won on away goals
2005   Jordan Al-Faisaly 1–0 Al-Nejmeh   Lebanon   Amman International Stadium, Amman
  Lebanon Al-Nejmeh 2–3 Al-Faisaly   Jordan   Rafic El-Hariri Stadium, Beirut
Al-Faisaly won 4–2 on aggregate
2006   Jordan Al-Faisaly 3–0 Al-Muharraq   Bahrain   Amman International Stadium, Amman 7,000
  Bahrain Al-Muharraq 4–2 Al-Faisaly   Jordan   Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa 3,000
Al-Faisaly won 5–4 on aggregate
2007   Jordan Al-Faisaly 0–1 Shabab Al-Ordon   Jordan   Amman International Stadium, Amman 5,500
  Jordan Shabab Al-Ordon 1–1 Al-Faisaly   Jordan   Amman International Stadium, Amman 7,500
Shabab Al-Ordon won 2–1 on aggregate
2008   Bahrain Al-Muharraq 5–1 Safa Beirut   Lebanon   Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa 6,000
  Lebanon Safa Beirut 4–5 Al-Muharraq   Bahrain   Sports City Stadium, Beirut 2,000
Al-Muharraq won 10–5 on aggregate
Year Nation of Winners Winners Score Runners-up Nation Venue Attendance
2009   Kuwait Al-Kuwait 2–1 Al-Karamah   Syria   Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City 17,400
2010   Syria Al-Ittihad 1–1 (aet)
(4–2 p)
Al-Qadsia   Kuwait   Jaber International Stadium, Kuwait City 58,604
2011   Uzbekistan FC Nasaf 2–1 Al-Kuwait   Kuwait   Markaziy Stadium, Qarshi 15,753
2012   Kuwait Al-Kuwait 4–0 Erbil   Iraq   Franso Hariri Stadium, Erbil 30,000
2013   Kuwait Al-Kuwait 2–0 Al-Qadsia   Kuwait   Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City 10,000
2014   Kuwait Al-Qadsia 0–0 (aet)
(4–2 p)
Erbil   Iraq   Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai 5,240
2015   Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 1–0 Istiklol   Tajikistan   Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe 18,000
2016   Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 1–0 Bengaluru   India   Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha 5,806
2017   Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 1–0 Istiklol   Tajikistan   Hisor Central Stadium, Hisor 20,000
2018   Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 2–0 Altyn Asyr   Turkmenistan   Basra Sports City, Basra 24,665

Performance by clubsEdit

Performances in the AFC Cup finals by club
Club Winners Runners-up Years won Years runners-up
  Al-Kuwait 3 1 2009, 2012, 2013 2011
  Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 3 0 2016, 2017, 2018
  Al-Faisaly 2 1 2005, 2006 2007
  Al-Qadsia 1 2 2014 2010, 2013
  Al-Muharraq 1 1 2008 2006
  Al-Jaish 1 0 2004
  Shabab Al-Ordon 1 0 2007
  Al-Ittihad 1 0 2010
  Nasaf Qarshi 1 0 2011
  Johor Darul Ta'zim 1 0 2015
  Erbil 0 2 2012, 2014
  Istiklol 0 2 2015, 2017
  Al-Wahda 0 1 2004
  Al-Nejmeh 0 1 2005
  Safa 0 1 2008
  Al-Karamah 0 1 2009
  Bengaluru 0 1 2016
  Altyn Asyr 0 1 2018

Performance by nationsEdit

Nation Winners Runners-up
  Kuwait 4 3
  Iraq 3 2
  Jordan 3 1
  Syria 2 2
  Bahrain 1 1
  Malaysia 1
  Uzbekistan 1
  Lebanon 2
  Tajikistan 2
  India 1
  Turkmenistan 1

Top scorersEdit

Year Footballer Club Goals
2004   Indra Sahdan Daud   Home United 7
  Egmar Goncalves   Home United
2005   Mo'ayyad Salim   Al-Faisaly 9
2006   Mahmoud Shelbaieh   Al-Wehdat 8
2007   Odai Al Saify   Shabab Al-Ordun 5
  Mohammed Ghaddar   Al-Nejmeh
2008   Rico   Al-Muharraq 19
2009   Robert Akaruye   Busaiteen 8
  Mohamad Hamwi   Al-Karamah
  Jehad Al Hussain   Al-Kuwait
  Huỳnh Kesley Alves   Bình Dương
2010   Afonso Alves   Al-Rayyan 9
2011   Ivan Bošković   Nasaf Qarshi 10
2012   Amjad Radhi   Erbil 9
  Raja Rafe   Al-Shorta
2013   Issam Jemâa   Al-Kuwait 16
2014   Juan Belencoso   Kitchee 11
2015   Daniel McBreen   South China 8
  Riste Naumov   Ayeyawady United
2016   Hammadi Ahmed   Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 16
2017   Kim Yu-song   April 25 9
2018   An Il-bom   April 25 12

Winning coachesEdit

Year Club Coach
2004   Al-Jaish   Costică Ștefănescu
2005   Al-Faisaly   Branko Smiljanić
2006   Al-Faisaly   Adnan Hamad
2007   Shabab Al-Ordon   Nizar Mahrous
2008   Al-Muharraq   Salman Sharida
2009   Al-Kuwait   Mohamad Abdulla
2010   Al-Ittihad   Valeriu Tița
2011   Nasaf Qarshi   Anatoliy Demyanenko
2012   Al-Kuwait   Marin Ion
2013   Al-Kuwait   Marin Ion
2014   Al-Qadsia   Antonio Puche
2015   Johor Darul Ta'zim   Mario Gomez
2016   Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya   Basim Qasim
2017   Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya   Hussam Al Sayed
2018   Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya   Basim Qasim

All-time top goalscorersEdit

As of 10 November 2018
Footballer Clubs Goals
  Aleksandar Đurić   Geylang United, Singapore Armed Forces, Tampines Rovers
32
  Amjad Radhi   Erbil SC, Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
32
  Rico   Al-Muharraq, Al-Riffa, Al-Hidd
32
  Mahmoud Shelbaieh   Al-Wehdat
31
  Ali Ashfaq   Club Valencia, New Radiant, VB Sports Club
29
  Bader Al-Mutawa   Qadsia SC
28
  Hammadi Ahmad   Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
26
  Rogerinho   Al-Kuwait
26
  Mohammed Ghaddar   Nejmeh,   Kelantan FA
25

MarketingEdit

SponsorshipEdit

Like the AFC Champions League, the AFC Cup is sponsored by a group of multinational corporations, in contrast to the single main sponsor typically found in national top-flight leagues.

The tournament's current main sponsors are:

Broadcasting rightsEdit

Country/Region Channels Reference
  ASEAN Fox Sports Asia
  Cambodia BTV News
  China CCTV
PPTV
[5]
  Canada Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
  Europe Eurosport
  Indonesia MNC Media (featuring All Indonesian teams only, starting from group stages)
  Kyrgyzstan KTRK (featuring All Kyrgyz teams only)
  MENA beIN SPORTS
  Tajikistan Varzish TV (featuring All Tajik teams only)
  United States Eleven Sports Network

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ AFC Cup 2004
  2. ^ AFC Cup 2019 Competition Regulations. Asian Football Confederatopm. p. 57. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  3. ^ "AFC increases prize money for 2018 club competitions". The AFC. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 February 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "体奥动力接手,PPTV独家直播全部亚冠赛事 -懂球帝". dongqiudi.com. Retrieved 28 February 2017.

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