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2017 AFC Champions League

Posted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 5:21 am
by MipoFanatic
eujin wrote:I'm not so sure about that. It all depends what forces are rallied against them. Despite spending lots of money, the Chinese have been humiliated this year (and long had problems with corruption in football themselves) and the West Asians have been humiliated for years (and long had problems with corruption in football themselves) so it wouldn't surprise me to see a few wanting to see Korea shown up in public on the grounds of "getting tough". There are plenty of people in Asian football who would love to see the Koreans taken down a notch or two. The OFC booted New Zealand out of their Olympic qualifying tournament even though they qualified for the final and ended up sending Fiji instead. Suffice to say that the Kiwis don't have many friends in the OFC, not the least reason being they keep winning everything.

The AFC risks having a finalist or even a tournament winner with a big question mark over them. That might be enough to get a few sponsors nervous. Companies like Nike have been burnt by this sort of thing in football in the past.

On the other hand, they may do nothing.

Hmmm....

Reigning champions in danger of losing AFC Champions League spot
Yonhap News

SEOUL, Jan. 12 (Yonhap) -- Reigning Asian club football champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors could lose their chance to defend the title this year due to a bribery scandal, the South Korean pro league office said Thursday.

The K League said the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has confirmed that Jeonbuk's eligibility for this year's AFC Champions League (ACL) will be reviewed by an independent judicial body called the Entry Control Body (ECB).

The ECB is external to the AFC and was established in December 2016. It has jurisdiction on reviewing and ruling on a team's eligibility for entering AFC competitions.


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Re: 2017 AFC Champions League

Posted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:27 am
by MipoFanatic

Re: 2017 AFC Champions League

Posted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 6:47 am
by Holyjoe
Good stuff, cheating fuckers.

Was reading that an ex-Adelaide United chairman was apparently one of the decision makers on the committee that decided to boot Jeonbuk out of the competition (and consequently out of the group that Adelaide United were in) after the current Adelaide United chairman had been quite vociferous in his protests about Jeonbuk's inclusion in this year's tournament. Bit weak from the AFC really, Jeonbuk shouldn't have been in the draw to begin with.

Re: 2017 AFC Champions League

Posted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 9:22 pm
by RoqueJunior
K-League should have punished Jeonbuk in the same way. I mean more points deduction, but in this season as they did with Gyeongnam, not when the season was ongoing.

Re: 2017 AFC Champions League

Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:49 pm
by RoqueJunior
Yes, it's official now. Jeonbuk can't defend their title. CAS appeal rejected.

Re: 2017 AFC Champions League

Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:46 pm
by RoqueJunior
Big scare for the other Hyundai team today. They could only defeat Kitchee of Hong Kong after pks.

Re: 2017 AFC Champions League

Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:28 am
by OttoSilver
And in the mean time Easterns are leading the HK league, again. :(

Granted, their head to head this season is 1-1-1 so far.

Re: 2017 AFC Champions League

Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:35 pm
by Suwonesque
Suwon drew with Kawasaki away. A very dreadful match, but not a bad point for us.

Re: 2017 AFC Champions League

Posted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:55 am
by Suwonesque
Suwon Bluewings 2-2 Guangzhou Evergrande. Lost opportunity for us. We played very well, but Guangzhou's overall talent made a difference. We could have won if we believe we could beat them.

Re: 2017 AFC Champions League

Posted: Sat May 13, 2017 6:38 am
by eujin
As someone who likes to read the tea leaves of the Champions League I can't help but comment that Korea only got one club through the group stage this year and that was Jeju in only their second appearance. With Jeonbuk kicked out maybe we shouldn't read too much into that fact and things might well open up nicely for Jeju from here. Japan and China both got three teams through, but if past performance is any indication most of them will implode in the knock-out phase. Thai Muangthong are surely just making up the numbers despite their relative moneybags by Thai standards. It all feels very close though. Exciting times.

Re: 2017 AFC Champions League

Posted: Sat May 13, 2017 1:02 pm
by Rothesay Saint
For the first time, I've seen a lot more of the western side of the AFC Champions league than the East. Seems the usual fairly even mix of teams from Iran (3), Saudi (2), UAE (2) and Qatar (1) in the knock out stage. The only two entertaining things for me in the draw is that firstly as Iran and Saudi are still at each others throats, the Esteghlal Khuzestan v Al-Hilal first leg will be in Oman (there were a few of the group stage games between the two countries' sides played in Oman as well). Secondly Al-Ahli appear to be playing with themselves in the Round of 16. Even without reading the tea leaves I'm confident we will see Al-Ahli in the quarter finals.

Re: 2017 AFC Champions League

Posted: Sat May 13, 2017 6:24 pm
by eujin
I wonder if Al-Ahli are officially the most successful club in world football in terms of titles. They've won the African Champions League 8 times as well, not to mention countless Egyptian league titles. Eat your heart out Celtic/Bayern/Juve/Barcelona.

Re: 2017 AFC Champions League

Posted: Sun May 14, 2017 12:01 pm
by Rothesay Saint
It's an impressive achievement. I looked up what Al-Ahli meant in Arabic and apparently it translates as a red coloured cow*



* I'm lying, obviously, it is the Arabic word for national or public.