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2011 AFC Champions League

2011 AFC Champions League
Tournament details
Dates 12 February – 5 November 2011
Teams 36 (from 13 associations)
Final positions
Champions Al-Sadd (2nd title)
Runners-up Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Tournament statistics
Matches played 121
Goals scored 338 (2.79 per match)
Attendance 1,294,388 (10,697 per match)
Top scorer(s) Lee Dong-Gook
(9 goals)
Best player Lee Dong-Gook

The 2011 AFC Champions League was the 30th edition of the top-level Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and the 9th under the current AFC Champions League title. The winner, Al-Sadd qualified for the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan.

Contents

  • Allocation of entries per association 1
    • Entrants per association 1.1
  • Qualifying teams 2
  • Schedule 3
  • Qualifying play-off 4
    • West Asia 4.1
    • East Asia 4.2
  • Group stage 5
    • Group A 5.1
    • Group B 5.2
    • Group C 5.3
    • Group D 5.4
    • Group E 5.5
    • Group F 5.6
    • Group G 5.7
    • Group H 5.8
  • Knockout stage 6
    • Round of 16 6.1
    • Quarter-finals 6.2
    • Semi-finals 6.3
    • Final 6.4
  • Awards 7
  • Top scorers 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11

Allocation of entries per association

The AFC has approved criteria for participation in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.[1] The final decision date was set after the Executive Committee meeting in November 2010.[2]

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

Entrants per association

The allocation for entry to the 2011 ACL stayed the same as the previous two seasons with the exception of Vietnam who were disqualifed and their previous playoff slot was awarded to Qatar.[4]

The finalists of the 2010 AFC Cup also participated in the play-off, provided that they meet the Champions League criteria.

Qualifying teams

The following is the list of direct entrants for the group stage confirmed by the AFC.[6]

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

The following is the list of participants for the playoff stage confirmed by the AFC.[7] The committee further proposed that one team be shifted by the means of a draw from the West to the East for sake of balance.

Schedule

Schedule of dates for 2011 competition.[8]

Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying play-offs Semi-finals 7 December 2010
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)[9]
12–13 February 2011
Finals 19 February 2011
Group stage Matchday 1 1–2 March 2011
Matchday 2 15–16 March 2011
Matchday 3 5–6 April 2011
Matchday 4 19–20 April 2011
Matchday 5 3–4 May 2011
Matchday 6 10–11 May 2011
Knockout phase Round of 16 24–25 May 2011
Quarter-finals 7 June 2011
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)[10]
14 September 2011 27–28 September 2011
Semi-finals 19 October 2011 26 October 2011
Final 4 or 5 November 2011 at home of one of the finalists

Qualifying play-off

The draw for the qualifying play-off was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 7 December 2010.[11] In order to create balance another draw was held, moving one of the teams (Al-Ain) from the West into the East side of the play-offs.[12]

The two winners from the qualifying play-off (one from West Asia and one from East Asia) advanced to the group stage. All losers from the qualifying play-off entered the 2011 AFC Cup group stage.[13]

West Asia

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Semi-final
Al-Sadd 5–1 Al-Ittihad
Final
Al-Sadd 2–0 Dempo

East Asia

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Semi-final
Sriwijaya 2–2 (aet)
(7–6 p)
Muangthong United
Final
Sriwijaya 0–4 Al-Ain

Group stage

The draw for the group stage was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 7 December 2010.[11][14] Clubs from the same country may not be drawn into the same group.[12] The winners and runners-up of each group advanced to the knockout stage.[13]

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Sepahan 6 4 1 1 14 5 +9 13
Al-Hilal 6 4 1 1 11 6 +5 13
Al-Gharafa 6 2 1 3 6 7 −1 7
Al-Jazira 6 0 1 5 7 20 −13 1
  GHA HIL JAZ SEP
Al-Gharafa 0–1 5–2 1–0
Al-Hilal 2–0 3–1 1–2
Al-Jazira 0–0 2–3 1–4
Sepahan 2–0 1–1 5–1
Tiebreakers[13]
  • Sepahan and Al-Hilal are ranked by their head-to-head records: Sepahan (4 pts), Al-Hilal (1 pt).

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Al-Sadd 6 2 4 0 8 6 +2 10
Al-Nassr 6 2 2 2 10 7 +3 8
Esteghlal 6 2 2 2 11 10 +1 8
Pakhtakor 6 1 2 3 8 14 −6 5
  NAS SAD EST PAK
Al-Nassr 1–1 2–1 4–0
Al-Sadd 1–0 2–2 2–1
Esteghlal 2–1 1–1 4–2
Pakhtakor 2–2 1–1 2–1
Tiebreakers[13]
  • Al-Nassr and Esteghlal are also tied on their head-to-head records (3 pts, 0 GD, 3 GF), and so are ranked by their overall goal difference.

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Al-Ittihad Jeddah 6 3 2 1 10 5 +5 11
Bunyodkor 6 2 3 1 8 6 +2 9
Al-Wahda 6 1 3 2 6 8 −2 6
Persepolis 6 1 2 3 6 11 −5 5
  ITT WAH BUN PER
Al-Ittihad 0–0 1–1 3–1
Al-Wahda 0–3 1–1 2–0
Bunyodkor 0–1 3–2 0–0
Persepolis 3–2 1–1 1–3

Group D

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Zob Ahan 6 4 1 1 7 3 +4 13
Al-Shabab 6 3 2 1 8 4 +4 11
Emirates 6 2 0 4 6 10 −4 6
Al-Rayyan 6 1 1 4 4 8 −4 4
  RAY SHA EMI ZOB
Al-Rayyan 1–1 2–0 1–3
Al-Shabab 1–0 4–1 0–0
Emirates 2–0 2–1 0–1
Zob Ahan 1–0 0–1 2–1

Group E

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Gamba Osaka 6 3 1 2 13 7 +6 10
Tianjin Teda 6 3 1 2 8 6 +2 10
Jeju United 6 2 1 3 6 10 −4 7
Melbourne Victory 6 1 3 2 7 11 −4 6
  GAM JEJ MEL TIA
Gamba Osaka 3–1 5–1 2–0
Jeju United 2–1 1–1 0–1
Melbourne Victory 1–1 1–2 2–1
Tianjin Teda 2–1 3–0 1–1
Tiebreakers[13]
  • Gamba Osaka and Tianjin Teda are ranked by their head-to-head records: Gamba Osaka (3 pts, +1 GD), Tianjin Teda (3 pts, −1 GD).

Group F

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
FC Seoul 6 3 2 1 9 4 +5 11
Nagoya Grampus 6 3 1 2 9 6 +3 10
Al-Ain 6 2 1 3 4 9 −5 7
Hangzhou Greentown 6 1 2 3 3 6 −3 5
  AIN HAN NAG SEO
Al-Ain 1–0 3–1 0–1
Hangzhou Greentown 0–0 2–0 1–1
Nagoya Grampus 4–0 1–0 1–1
FC Seoul 3–0 3–0 0–2

Group G

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 6 5 0 1 14 2 +12 15
Cerezo Osaka 6 4 0 2 11 4 +7 12
Shandong Luneng 6 2 1 3 9 8 +1 7
Arema 6 0 1 5 2 22 −20 1
  ARE CER JEO SHL
Arema 0–4 0–4 1–1
Cerezo Osaka 2–1 1–0 4–0
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 6–0 1–0 1–0
Shandong Luneng 5–0 2–0 1–2

Group H

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Suwon Samsung Bluewings 6 3 3 0 12 3 +9 12
Kashima Antlers 6 3 3 0 9 3 +6 12
Sydney FC 6 1 2 3 6 11 −5 5
Shanghai Shenhua 6 0 2 4 3 13 −10 2
  KSH SHS SUW SYD
Kashima Antlers 2–0 1–1 2–1
Shanghai Shenhua 0–0 0–3 2–3
Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1–1 4–0 3–1
Sydney FC 0–3 1–1 0–0
Tiebreakers[13]
  • Suwon Samsung Bluewings and Kashima Antlers are also tied on their head-to-head records (2 pts, 0 GD, 2 GF), and so are ranked by their overall goal difference.

Knockout stage

Round of 16

Based on the results from the group stage, the matchups of the round of 16 were decided as below.[15] 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).[12]

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Sepahan 3–1 Bunyodkor
Al-Ittihad Jeddah 3–1 Al-Hilal
Al-Sadd 1–0 Al-Shabab
Zob Ahan 4–1 Al-Nassr
Gamba Osaka 0–1 Cerezo Osaka
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 3–0 Tianjin Teda
FC Seoul 3–0 Kashima Antlers
Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2–0 Nagoya Grampus

Quarter-finals

The draw for the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and final was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 7 June 2011.[16] In this draw, the "country protection" rule was applied: if there are exactly two clubs from the same country, they may not face each other in the quarter-finals; however, if there are more than two clubs from the same country, they may face each other in the quarter-finals.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Cerezo Osaka 5–9 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 4–3 1–6
Al-Ittihad Jeddah 3–2 FC Seoul 3–1 0–1
Sepahan 2–4 Al-Sadd 0–31 2–1
Suwon Samsung Bluewings 3–2 Zob Ahan 1–1 2–1 (aet)
Notes
  • Note 1: The AFC Disciplinary Committee decided to award the quarter-final first leg to Al-Sadd against Sepahan as a 3–0 forfeit win after Sepahan were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player. The match originally ended 1–0 to Sepahan.[17]

Semi-finals

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1–2 Al-Sadd 0–2 1–0
Al-Ittihad Jeddah 3–5 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2–3 1–2

Final

The final of the 2011 AFC Champions League was hosted by one of the finalists, decided by draw.[13] This format was a change from the 2009 and 2010 editions, where the final was played at a neutral venue.[18]

2011 AFC Champions League
Winners
Al-Sadd
2nd Title

Awards

The following awards were given for the 2011 AFC Champions League:[19]

Top scorers

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 Lee Dong-Gook Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1 2 2 4 9
2 Eninho Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2 1 1 2 1 7
3 Ha Tae-Gyun Suwon Samsung Bluewings 3 1 2 6
4 Bader Al-Mutawa Al-Nassr 1 2 1 1 5
Farhad Majidi Esteghlal 1 1 2 1 5
Dejan Damjanović FC Seoul 1 1 2 1 5
Ibrahima Touré Sepahan 1 1 2 1 5
8 Yasser Al-Qahtani Al-Hilal 1 2 1 4
Abdelmalek Ziaya Al-Ittihad 2 1 1 4
Hiroshi Kiyotake Cerezo Osaka 1 1 2 4
Takashi Inui Cerezo Osaka 1 2 1 4
Rodrigo Pimpão Cerezo Osaka 2 1 1 4
Yeom Ki-Hun Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1 1 1 1 4
Igor Castro Zob Ahan 1 1 2 4
Mohammad Ghazi Zob Ahan 1 1 1 1 4

See also

References

  1. ^ "Criteria for Participation in AFC Club Competitions for 2011–2012 seasons" (PDF). AFC. 
  2. ^ "12 MAs keen to join ACL". AFC. 2009-11-30. 
  3. ^ "Singapore seek to pull out of ACL". AFC. 2010-10-04. 
  4. ^ a b c "ACL slots maintained". AFC. 2010-11-21. 
  5. ^ "Ad hoc Committee for Professional Clubs". AFC. 2010-07-27. 
  6. ^ "ACL, AFCC 2010 teams". AFC. 2010-11-29. 
  7. ^ "AFC Competitions Committee". AFC. 2010-11-23. 
  8. ^ "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2011" (PDF). AFC. 
  9. ^ "ACL, AFCC 2011 draws". AFC. 2010-10-11. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 
  10. ^ "ACL, AFC Cup draws on June 7". AFC. 2011-05-13. 
  11. ^ a b "Stage set for ACL, AFC Cup draws". AFC. 2010-12-06. 
  12. ^ a b c "AFC Champions League 2011 Draw Mechanism for Play-off Stage & Preliminary Stage (Group & Round of 16)" (PDF). AFC. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g "AFC Champions League 2011 Competitions Regulations" (PDF). AFC. 
  14. ^ "Mouth-watering matches on the ACL agenda". AFC. 2010-12-07. 
  15. ^ "ACL: Juicy encounters in offing". AFC. 2011-05-12. 
  16. ^ "Korea challenge for former champions". AFC. 2011-06-07. 
  17. ^ "AFC Disciplinary Committee sanctions Sepahan". AFC. 2011-09-26. 
  18. ^ "AFC Competitions Committee decisions". AFC. 2010-07-31. 
  19. ^ "Double delight for Lee". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 2011-11-05. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 

External links

  • AFC Champions League Official Website
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