UAFA Club Championship(Redirected from Arab Champions League)
The UAFA Club Championship (Arabic: بطولة الاتحاد العربي للأندية), officially called the Jerusalem Championship (Arabic: بطولة القدس), is an annual regional club football competition organised by the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA) and contested by elite clubs from the Arab world. The tournament is contested by 20 teams, 10 from the Asian Football Confederation and 10 from the Confederation of African Football, all 20 of which are either winners or runners-up of their country's league or cup competition.
|Region||Arab world (UAFA)|
|Number of teams||12 (group stage)
|Current champions||Espérance ST (3rd title)|
|Most successful club(s)|| Al-Rasheed
(3 titles each)
Founded in 1980 as the Arab Club Champions Cup, the tournament was held alongside the Arab Cup Winners' Cup and the Arab Super Cup throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, until the Cup Winners' Cup was merged with the Champions Cup in 2002 with the Super Cup therefore being discontinued. The tournament's first ever champions were Iraqi giants Al-Shorta, who defeated Lebanese side Al-Nejmeh in the final over two legs in 1982. Saudi Arabian clubs have accumulated the most victories, with eight wins. The title has been won by 18 different clubs, seven of which have the title more than once. Since the tournament was merged with the Cup Winners' Cup, only ES Sétif of Algeria have managed consecutive wins, successfully defending their title in 2008. The reigning champions are Espérance de Tunis of Tunisia, who won the 2017 edition to became the joint-most successful club in the tournament's history alongside now-dissolved Iraqi club Al-Rasheed.
The tournament was officially renamed to Jerusalem Championship on 20 December 2017 in support of Palestine's claim that Jerusalem is their capital city. UAFA's announcement was in response to the United States recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital two weeks earlier.
Records and statisticsEdit
|Num||Club||Winners||Runners-up||Years won||Years lost|
|1||Espérance de Tunis||3||2||1993, 2009, 2017||1986, 1995|
|2||Al-Rasheed||3||0||1985, 1986, 1987||
|CS Sfaxien||2000, 2004||2005|
|6||ES Sétif||2||0||2007, 2008||
|Wydad Casablanca||1989||2008, 2009|
|Club Africain||1997||1988, 2002|