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AFC Cup (Club)

Postby Holyjoe » Wed Oct 06, 2010 5:42 pm

Don't think we have a thread for the minor AFC club competition but it's at the semi-final stage too. There could still be Ilhwa Chunma representation in at least one AFC final even if Seongnam look like they're heading out, as former Chunma manager Rene Desaeyere's Muangthong United won the first leg of their semi-final 1-0 against the Syrian Al Ittihad.

Desaeyere delight despite ‘just one goal’
Tuesday, 05 October 2010

Muangthong United coach Rene Desaeyere is confident his side have enough talent to reach the AFC Cup final after they edged out Al Ittihad 1-0 in the first-leg of their semi-final tie, but confessed the trip to Syria would have been far more comfortable had they established a greater advantage.

Muangthong scored what proved to be the only goal of the game with just nine minutes gone at Thunderdome Stadium through Siaka Dagno.

Christian Kouakou linked up with Datsakorn Thonglao down the left before drawing Syrian keeper Ahmmas Kallasi out of position and squaring the ball across the face of goal for Dagno to drive home.

Kouakou and Teerasil Dangda both spurned good opportunities to extend the home side's lead in the second period before Al Ittihad defender Omar Hemdi was sent-off five minutes from the end.

While pleased with the result, Desaeyere was disappointed not to win by more than just a single goal, although he underlined his belief Muangthong can finish the job in Syria on October 19.

“Of course 1-0 is a good result but it is a shame as I feel we could have got one or two more goals the way we played,” said the Belgian (pictured).

“I must congratulate my team on a great result against a very strong opponent.

“I am not afraid. I know what my players are capable of. Yes, they (Al Ittihad) have a big stadium and many supporters but as you saw here, we were the better side.

“We will have a chance to play our passing football and because of that, I am sure we will score at least one goal. If we score we will win - and we will score.”

Desaeyere also hopes his side can travel to the Middle East having clinched the Thai Premier League title with victory over Thai Army on Friday.

“By the time we go to Syria, I hope to have the added boost of confidence that we will be Thai Premier League champions,” he added.

“This feeling will carry over and allow us to concentrate on the AFC Cup.”

Al Ittihad coach Tita Valeriu, who was banished to the stands in the second-half, admitted his side were made to pay for a sluggish beginning to the encounter.

“We started slowly and were punished for it,” he said.

“The conditions were hard for us and we struggled with the conditions on the pitch. In Syria we do not have pitches like this.”

Nevertheless, the Romanian felt they should not have come away empty handed and is confident Al Ittihad can make home advantage count in the return.

“In the second-half, we improved greatly and should have drawn level and, in my opinion, taken the lead,” Valeriu added.

“It will be difficult at home being one goal down but we know what we need to do and I am sure we will win and go through.”

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Re: 2010 AFC Cup

Postby Rothesay Saint » Thu Oct 07, 2010 12:18 am

Hope they get to the final, any team who's stadium is called The Thunderdome gets my support. :-)
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Re: 2010 AFC Cup

Postby nzfooty » Mon Dec 27, 2010 11:08 am

Syria's Al-Ittihad won this tournament, beating Kuwait's Al-Qadsia 4-2 on penalties after the final ended 1-1.

Apparently it was played in front of 58,604 fans at the Jaber International Stadium, Kuwait City.
That's more than double the amount that showed up for the Seongnam v Zob Ahan Champions League final in Tokyo.

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Re: 2010 AFC Cup (Club)

Postby nzfooty » Mon May 23, 2011 4:02 pm

Tuesday and Wednesday is not only Champions League time. Round of 16 will also be played in the AFC Cup.

Teams:
Lebanon x1
Kuwait x2
Jordan x2
Iraq x2

Uzbekistan x2

India x1

Singapore x1
Thailand x2
Indonesia x2
Vietnam x1

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Re: AFC Cup (Club)

Postby nzfooty » Wed Jun 08, 2011 1:16 pm

Remarkably, this competition had better crowds for the Round of 16 matches than the Champions League (average of 11,119 v 10,225).

Round of 16


Nasaf Qarshi
(Uzbekistan) 2–1 (Jordan) Al-Faisaly
Duhok (Iraq) 1–0 (India) Dempo
Al-Qadsia (Kuwait) 2–2 (aet) (Kuwait) Al-Kuwait (2–3 p)
Al-Wehdat (Jordan) 2–1 (Uzbekistan) Shurtan Guzar
Arbil (Iraq) 1–0 (aet) (Singapore) Tampines Rovers
Muangthong United (Thailand) 4–0 (Lebanon) Al-Ahed
Song Lam Nghe An (Vietnam) 1–3 (Indonesia) Persipura Jayapura
Chonburi (Thailand) 3–0 (Indonesia) Sriwijaya

Quarter-finals

Persipura Jayapura (Indonesia) v (Iraq) Arbil
Chonburi (Thailand) v (Uzbekistan) Nasaf Qarshi
Al-Kuwait (Kuwait) v (Thailand) Muangthong United
Al-Wehdat (Jordan) v (Iraq) Duhok

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Re: AFC Cup (Club)

Postby nzfooty » Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:53 am

Quarter-finals

Persipura Jayapura (Indonesia) 1-2, 0-1 (Iraq) Arbil
Chonburi (Thailand) 0-1, 1-0 (Uzbekistan) Nasaf Qarshi (3–4 p)
Al-Kuwait (Kuwait) 1-0, 0-0 (Thailand) Muangthong United
Al-Wehdat (Jordan) 5-1, 3-0 (Iraq) Duhok

Semi-finals

Nasaf Qarshi (Uzbekistan) 1-0, 1-1 (Jordan) Al-Wehdat
Arbil (Iraq) 0-2, 3-3 (Kuwait) Al-Kuwait

Final

29 October
Nasaf Qarshi (Uzbekistan) v (Kuwait) Al-Kuwait

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Re: AFC Cup (Club)

Postby nzfooty » Sun Nov 06, 2011 8:57 am

Final
Markaziy Stadium, Qarshi
Attendance: 15,753
29 October
Nasaf Qarshi (Uzbekistan) 2-1 (Kuwait) Al-Kuwait
Shomurodov 62' 1-0
Perepļotkins 65' 2-0
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Re: AFC Cup (Club)

Postby nzfooty » Fri May 18, 2012 10:46 pm

2012 AFC Cup

Qualifying play-off

Victory (Maldives) 3–4 (Yemen) Al-Tilal


Group stage


Group A

(Kuwait) Al-Qadsia 10
(Oman) Al-Suwaiq 10

(Jordan) Al-Faisaly 9
(Syria) Al-Ittihad 4

Group B

(Iraq) Arbil 14
(Kuwait) Kazma 11

(Yemen) Al-Oruba 8
(India) East Bengal 0

Group C

(Saudi Arabia) Al-Ettifaq 14
(Kuwait) Al-Kuwait 11

(Lebanon) Al-Ahed 7
(Maldives) VB 1

Group D

(Jordan) Al-Wehdat 12
(Uzbekistan) Neftchi Farg'ona 11

(Oman) Al-Oruba 7
(India) Salgaocar 4


Group E

(Syria) Al-Shorta 15
(Iraq) Al-Zawra'a 12

(Lebanon) Safa 9
(Yemen) Al-Tilal 0


Group F

(Hong Kong) Kitchee 11
(Malaysia) Terengganu 10

(Vietnam) Song Lam Nghe An 7
(Singapore) Tampines Rovers 5


Group G

(Thailand) Chonburi 14
(Singapore) Home United 10

(Hong Kong) Citizen 7
(Myanmar) Yangon United 2


Group H

(Malaysia) Kelantan 13
(Indonesia) Arema 7

(Vietnam) Navibank Saigon 7
(Myanmar) Ayeyawady United 7


Round of 16

22 May

Al-Qadsia (Kuwait) v (Kuwait) Al-Kuwait
Al-Ettifaq (Saudi Arabia) v (Oman) Al-Suwaiq
Al-Shorta (Syria) v (Singapore) Home United
Chonburi (Thailand) v (Iraq) Al-Zawra'a

23 May

Arbil (Iraq) v (Uzbekistan) Neftchi Farg'ona
Al-Wehdat (Jordan) v (Kuwait) Kazma
Kitchee (Hong Kong) v (Indonesia) Arema
Kelantan (Malaysia) v (Malaysia) Terengganu

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Re: AFC Cup (Club)

Postby eujin » Sat May 19, 2012 2:47 am

When was the last time the DPRK put a team in for one of these tournaments? Has anyone heard any rumours about a possible return? They've been behaving quite well at the national level for a while now. Presumably there's some benefit of putting a few club sides out too?

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Re: AFC Cup (Club)

Postby nzfooty » Sat May 19, 2012 10:45 am

eujin wrote:When was the last time the DPRK put a team in for one of these tournaments? Has anyone heard any rumours about a possible return? They've been behaving quite well at the national level for a while now. Presumably there's some benefit of putting a few club sides out too?


I think season 1991-92 of the Asian Club Championship is the last time a North Korean team graced a continental competition.

It seems they were given a few places in the early editions of the AFC Cup but were excluded for some reasons (likely to do with that assessment of various leagues the AFC has, where their take into consideration relegation and accurate reporting of attendances - LOL, you cannot even find accurate info on the type of competitions there in the DPRK), along with Myanmar (and one or two other countries).

The relevant Wikipedia page says they are eligible for the President's Cup (the weakest of the three continental club competitions).

However, just as North Korea's participation the Challenge Cup (for nations), this does not seem right. At least the the Challenge Cup has a carrot at the end (a place at the Asian Nations Cup). The rewards for winning the President's Cup however are... :scratch:

The top 15 are classed as developed associations.

Australia
Bahrain
China PR
Iran
Iraq
Japan
Jordan
North Korea
South Korea
Kuwait
Oman
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Syria
Uzbekistan



The next 14 are classed as developing associations.

Hong Kong
India
Indonesia
Lebanon
Malaysia
Maldives
Myanmar
Singapore
Tajikistan
Thailand
Turkmenistan
United Arab Emirates
Vietnam
Yemen



The last 17 are classed as emerging associations, which need time to develop their football. These are the teams which should participate in
the AFC Challenge Cup.

Afghanistan
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Brunei
Cambodia
Chinese Taipei
Guam
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Macau
Mongolia
Nepal
Pakistan
Palestine
Philippines
Sri Lanka
Timor-Leste

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Re: AFC Cup (Club)

Postby nzfooty » Thu May 24, 2012 9:21 am

2012 AFC Cup

Results from Asia’s second tier continental competition:

Round of 16

22 May

Al-Qadsia (Kuwait) 1-1 (aet, 1-3 pen) (Kuwait) Al-Kuwait
Al-Ettifaq (Saudi Arabia) 1-0 (Oman) Al-Suwaiq
Al-Shorta (Syria) 3-0 (Singapore) Home United
Chonburi (Thailand) 1-0 (Iraq) Al-Zawra'a


23 May

Arbil (Iraq) 4-0 (Uzbekistan) Neftchi Farg'ona
Al-Wehdat (Jordan) 2-1 (aet) (Kuwait) Kazma
Kitchee (Hong Kong) 0-2 (Indonesia) Arema
Kelantan (Malaysia) 3-2 (Malaysia) Terengganu


Quarter-finals
(18 Sep & 25 Sep)

Qualified teams:

Arema (Indonesia)
Kelantan (Malaysia)
Chonburi (Thailand)

Arbil (Iraq)
Al-Wehdat (Jordan)
Al-Kuwait (Kuwait)
Al-Ettifaq (Saudi Arabia)
Al-Shorta (Syria)

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Re: AFC Cup (Club)

Postby eujin » Thu May 24, 2012 5:41 pm

Having not paid much attention, a stupid question: Why is there a Saudi team in this tournament?

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Re: AFC Cup (Club)

Postby nzfooty » Thu May 24, 2012 6:12 pm

eujin wrote:Having not paid much attention, a stupid question: Why is there a Saudi team in this tournament?


They lost 3-1 to Esteghlal of Iran in the qualifying play-offs of the Champions League. Why would teams from Iran and Saudi Arabia need to qualify?
Only one country has four automatic places in the group stages in West Asia and as you may have guessed it, it is Qatar (up from 2 + 1 last year).

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Re: AFC Cup (Club)

Postby eujin » Thu May 24, 2012 6:42 pm

Ah yes, that makes sense. Now you mention it I see Chonburi in there too. Beating them was obviously part of Hwang Sun-hong's cunning plan to reduce the number of matches for Pohang this year. A late season push here we come...not.

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Re: AFC Cup (Club)

Postby nzfooty » Thu Jan 16, 2014 5:00 pm

nzfooty wrote:
eujin wrote:Having not paid much attention, a stupid question: Why is there a Saudi team in this tournament?


They lost 3-1 to Esteghlal of Iran in the qualifying play-offs of the Champions League. Why would teams from Iran and Saudi Arabia need to qualify?
Only one country has four automatic places in the group stages in West Asia and as you may have guessed it, it is Qatar (up from 2 + 1 last year).


Having made it to the semis, the Saudi team (Al-Ettifaq) lost to Al-Kuwait (6-1 on aggregate). These have been the finals since then (with links to the relavant wiki
pages):

2012 Final

Arbil (Iraq) 0–4 (Kuwait) Al-Kuwait
Franso Hariri Stadium, Arbil
Attendance: 30,000


2013 Final

Al-Qadsia (Kuwait) 0–2 (Kuwait) Al-Kuwait
Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City
Attendance: 10,000

2014 edition
Link


Performance by nations

This a competition clearly dominated by teams from West Asia

Rank Nation Winners // Runners-up
1 Kuwait 3 // 3
2 Jordan 3 // 1
3 Syria 2 // 2
4 Bahrain 1 // 1
5 Uzbekistan 1 // 0
6 Lebanon 0 // 2
7 Iraq 0 // 1


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