2006 A3 Champions Cup schedule

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2006 A3 Champions Cup schedule

Postby Poor Student » Thu Dec 15, 2005 8:40 am

Hello. I have very little knowledge of Asian football but I am always looking to expand on my knowledge of the global game. What is this A3 Champions Cup tournament? I have only heard of it today.

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Postby Holyjoe » Thu Dec 15, 2005 9:46 am

It's a four-team tournament involving clubs from the three big East Asian leagues (South Korea, Japan and China) which is hosted on a rotational basis between the countries. The champions of each league qualify for it along with one other side from the host country - this year it was held in Korea so J-League champions Yokohama F. Marinos, C-League champions Shenzhen Jianlibao and K-League champions Suwon Samsung Bluewings all competed along with K-League runners-up Pohang Steelers.

There is a West Asian version of the same tournament but there is no matchup between the two respective winners. It's little more than a glorified pre-season tournament.

I think there are plans afoot to include more clubs in the East Asian version a few years down the line and to move it from the pre-season slot it occupies now to a mid-summer competition, but I don't know if anything's been confirmed on that front yet.

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Postby Poor Student » Thu Dec 15, 2005 10:00 am

Interesting. So it's about as serious to these clubs as say the World Club Championship is to Liverpool right now? It's a new thing I take it?

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Postby Holyjoe » Thu Dec 15, 2005 2:35 pm

Yeah it's not really that important a tournament, though there is $400,000 up for grabs for the winner which isn't really all that bad for three pre-season games.

Suwon stuffed Shenzhen 3-1 in this year's A3 cup but then went on to lose out to them in the AFC Champions League group. They used a reasonably strong squad with a bunch of youngsters included, and it took the place of an extended foreign training camp.

The tournament started in 2003: http://www.rsssf.com/tablesa/a3mazda03.html

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2006 A3 Champions Cup schedule

Postby Holyjoe » Fri Dec 16, 2005 12:53 pm

The tournament is likely to be held in Japan between August 1st-7th next year.

Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i, Gamba Osaka and Dalian Shide will all compete as champions along with one other as-yet-undetermined Japanese side, though chances are it'll be the J-League runners-up.

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Postby toohyper » Sat Dec 17, 2005 12:33 pm

Sounds really terrific. 4 fine quality clubs.
GO Gwangju and Jeonbuk!!!

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Postby Holyjoe » Fri Dec 23, 2005 9:46 am

Reports are suggesting that JEF United Icihara, as Nabisco Cup winners, will be in the A3 Champions Cup as the fourth club.

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Postby MipoFanatic » Fri Dec 23, 2005 3:16 pm

Slightly off topic, but what a finish to the J.League season. Top 5 all within a single point!
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