2009 AFC Champions League

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2009 AFC Champions League
Tournament details
Dates18 February – 7 November 2009
Teams35 (from 13 associations)
Final positions
Champions Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Pohang Steelers (3rd title)
Runners-up Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ittihad
Tournament statistics
Matches played111
Goals scored329 (2.96 per match)
Attendance1,396,226 (12,579 per match)
Top scorer(s) Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro
(10 goals)
Best player(s) Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg No Byung-jun
2008
2010

The 2009 AFC Champions League was the 28th edition of the top-level Asian club football tournament organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and the 7th under the current AFC Champions League title. The final was held at the National Stadium in Tokyo on 7 November 2009. The winners, South Korean club Pohang Steelers, qualified for the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

Contents

The champions league was expanded to 35 clubs this year, with 5 teams starting from a knockout qualifying stage. An extra stage in the knockout phase was added so that the runners up as well as the winners from the group stage would progress. The previous season winner no longer got a bye through to the knockout round. Each team was allowed to field a maximum of four foreign players this season, one of whom had to be from an AFC Member Association country.

Qualification

A total of 35 teams participated in the 2009 AFC Champions League. [1]

AFC assessment ranking

Allocation of entries

Below is the qualification scheme for the 2009 AFC Champions League:

Qualifying play-off: (5 teams)

Group stage: (32 teams)

The following teams had qualified for qualifying play-off, but were removed as their leagues did not meet the Champions League criteria:

TeamOriginal qualification
Flag of Vietnam.svg Binh Duong 2008 V-League champions
Flag of Bahrain.svg Muharraq 2008 AFC Cup winners
Flag of Lebanon.svg Safa 2008 AFC Cup runners-up

Teams

In the following table, the number of appearances and last appearance count only those since the 2002–03 season (including qualifying rounds), when the competition was rebranded as the AFC Champions League. TH means title holders.

West Asia (Group A-D)
TeamQualificationApp*
Group stage
Flag of Iran.svg Persepolis 2007–08 Persian Gulf Cup champions2nd
Flag of Iran.svg Esteghlal 2007–08 Hazfi Cup winners2nd
Flag of Iran.svg Sepahan 2007–08 Persian Gulf Cup runners-up5th
Flag of Iran.svg Saba Qom 2007–08 Persian Gulf Cup 3rd place2nd
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal 2007–08 Saudi Premier League champions5th
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Shabab 2008 King Cup of Champions winners4th
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ittihad 2007–08 Saudi Premier League runners-up5th
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ettifaq 2007–08 Saudi Premier League 4th place1st
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al-Shabab 2007–08 UAE Football League champions1st
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al-Ahli 2007–08 UAE President Cup winners3rd
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al-Jazira 2007–08 UAE Football League runners-up1st
Flag of Qatar.svg Al-Gharafa 2007–08 Qatar Stars League champions4th
Flag of Qatar.svg Umm-Salal 2008 Emir of Qatar Cup winners1st
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Bunyodkor 2008 Uzbek League champions
2008 Uzbekistani Cup winners
2nd
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Pakhtakor 2008 Uzbek League runners-up7th
Qualifying play-off participants
Flag of India.svg Dempo 2007–08 I-League champions1st
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Sharjah 2007–08 UAE Football League 4th place2nd
East Asia (Group E-H)
TeamQualificationApp*
Group stage
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shandong Luneng Taishan 2008 Chinese Super League champions3rd
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai Shenhua 2008 Chinese Super League runners-up5th
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing Guoan 2008 Chinese Super League 3rd place2nd
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Tianjin Teda 2008 Chinese Super League 4th place1st
Flag of Japan.svg Kashima Antlers 2008 J. League Division 1 champions3rd
Flag of Japan.svg Gamba Osaka TH 2008–09 Emperor's Cup winners3rd
Flag of Japan.svg Kawasaki Frontale 2008 J. League Division 1 runners-up2nd
Flag of Japan.svg Nagoya Grampus 2008 J. League Division 1 3rd place1st
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2008 K-League champions2nd
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Pohang Steelers 2008 Korean FA Cup winners2nd
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg FC Seoul 2008 K-League runners-up1st
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i 2008 K-League 3rd place2nd
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Central Coast Mariners 2007–08 A-League premiers1st
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Newcastle United Jets 2008 A-League Grand Final winners1st
Flag of Indonesia.svg Sriwijaya 2007–08 Liga Indonesia Premier Division champions1st
Qualifying play-off participants
Flag of Indonesia.svg PSMS Medan 2007–08 Liga Indonesia Premier Division runners-up1st
Flag of Singapore.svg Singapore Armed Forces 2008 S.League champions1st
Flag of Thailand.svg PEA 2008 Thailand Premier League champions1st

Schedule

DateEvent
18 DecemberDraw for qualifying play-off
7 JanuaryDraw for group stage
18 FebruaryQualifying play-off semi-final
25 FebruaryQualifying play-off finals
10–11 MarchGroup stage Match Day 1
17–18 MarchGroup stage Match Day 2
7–8 AprilGroup stage Match Day 3
21–22 AprilGroup stage Match Day 4
5–6 MayGroup stage Match Day 5
DateEvent
19–20 MayGroup stage Match Day 6
27 MayRound of 16, West Asia
24 JuneRound of 16, East Asia
29 JuneDraw for remaining rounds
23–24 SeptemberQuarter-finals 1st leg
30 SeptemberQuarter-finals 2nd leg
21 OctoberSemi-finals 1st leg
28 OctoberSemi-finals 2nd leg
7 NovemberFinal (National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan)

Qualifying play-off

Preliminary round

Team 1 Score Team 2
East Zone
PEA Flag of Thailand.svg 1–4 (aet) Flag of Singapore.svg Singapore Armed Forces

Play-off round

Team 1 Score Team 2
East Zone
Singapore Armed Forces Flag of Singapore.svg 2–1 (aet) Flag of Indonesia.svg PSMS Medan
West Zone
Sharjah Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 3–0 Flag of India.svg Dempo

Group stage

The draw for the group stage was held on 7 January 2009 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Each club played double round-robin (home and away) against fellow three group members, a total of 6 matches each. Each team had been numbered from 1 to 4, the numbers determine the order of the fixtures.

Clubs receive 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss. The clubs are ranked according to points and tie breakers are in following order:

  1. Greater number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  2. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned; (Away goals do not apply)
  3. Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned; (Away goals do not apply)
  4. Goal difference in all the group matches;
  5. Greater number of goals scored in all the group matches;
  6. Kicks from the penalty mark if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play;
  7. Fewer score calculated according to the number of yellow and red cards received in the group matches; (1 point for each yellow card, 3 points for each red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for each direct red card, 4 points for each yellow card followed by a direct red card)
  8. Drawing of lots.

Winners and runners-up of each group qualified for the next round.

Group A

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification HIL PAK SAB AHL
1 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal 6420104+614Advance to knockout stage 2–0 1–1 2–1
2 Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Pakhtakor 641195+413 1–1 2–1 2–0
3 Flag of Iran.svg Saba Qom 61237925 0–1 1–2 0–0
4 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al-Ahli 601561481 1–3 0–2 3–5

Group B

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification PRS SHB GHA SHA
1 Flag of Iran.svg Persepolis 42115617Advance to knockout stage 1–0 3–1 3–1
2 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Shabab 421142+27 0–0 1–0 5–0
3 Flag of Qatar.svg Al-Gharafa 41037813 5–1 1–3
4 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Sharjah [lower-alpha 1] 00000000Withdrew [lower-alpha 2] 1–30–2
Source: WorldFootball.net
Notes:
  1. Sharjah were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player Abdelaziz Mohamed Al Mazam during the team’s AFC Champions League match against Al Shabab of Saudi Arabia on 8.4.09. Thus, Al Sharjah were fined USD 4000 and the match was awarded to Al Shabab 3-0. [2]
  2. Sharjah withdrew from the competition with two games remaining. Their results were expunged. [3]

Group C

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification ITT UMS JAZ EST
1 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ittihad 6330144+1012Advance to knockout stage 7–0 1–1 2–1
2 Flag of Qatar.svg Umm-Salal 622261378 1–3 2–2 1–0
3 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al-Jazira 60516715 0–0 0–1 2–2
4 Flag of Iran.svg Esteghlal 60426824 1–1 1–1 1–1

Group D

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification ETT BUN SEP SHB
1 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ettifaq 6402158+712Advance to knockout stage 4–0 2–1 4–1
2 Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Bunyodkor 62225948 2–1 2–2 0–0
3 Flag of Iran.svg Sepahan 621397+27 3–0 0–1 2–0
4 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al-Shabab 621361157 1–4 2–0 2–1

Group E

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification NAG NEW ULS BEI
1 Flag of Japan.svg Nagoya Grampus 6330104+612Advance to knockout stage 1–1 4–1 0–0
2 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Newcastle Jets 631265+110 0–1 2–0 2–1
3 Flag of South Korea.svg Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i 620441066 1–3 0–1 1–0
4 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing Guoan 61234515 1–1 2–0 0–1

Group F

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification OSA SEO SHA SRI
1 Flag of Japan.svg Gamba Osaka 6501174+1315Advance to knockout stage 1–2 3–0 5–0
2 Flag of South Korea.svg FC Seoul 63121411+310 2–4 1–1 5–1
3 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shandong Luneng 6213109+17 0–1 2–0 5–0
4 Flag of Indonesia.svg Sriwijaya 6105724173 0–3 2–4 4–2

Group G

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification KAS SUW SHA SAF
1 Flag of Japan.svg Kashima Antlers 6411166+1013Advance to knockout stage 3–0 2–0 5–0
2 Flag of South Korea.svg Suwon Samsung Bluewings 6402128+412 4–1 2–1 3–1
3 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai Shenhua 622298+18 1–1 2–1 4–1
4 Flag of Singapore.svg Singapore Armed Forces 6015419151 1–4 0–2 1–1

Group H

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification POH KAW TIA CCM
1 Flag of South Korea.svg Pohang Steelers 633073+412Advance to knockout stage 1–1 1–0 3–2
2 Flag of Japan.svg Kawasaki Frontale 6312107+310 0–2 1–0 2–1
3 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Tianjin Teda 622265+18 0–0 3–1 2–2
4 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Central Coast Mariners 602451382 0–0 0–5 0–1

Knockout stage

Bracket

 Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
                   
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ettifaq 1 
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Pakhtakor 2 
  Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Pakhtakor 101 
  Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ittihad 145 
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ittihad 2
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Shabab 1 
  Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ittihad 628 
  Flag of Japan.svg Nagoya Grampus 213 
Flag of Japan.svg Gamba Osaka 2 
Flag of Japan.svg Kawasaki Frontale 3 
  Flag of Japan.svg Kawasaki Frontale 213
  Flag of Japan.svg Nagoya Grampus 134 
Flag of Japan.svg Nagoya Grampus 2
Flag of South Korea.svg Suwon Samsung Bluewings 1 
  Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ittihad 1
  Flag of South Korea.svg Pohang Steelers 2
Flag of Iran.svg Persepolis 0 
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Bunyodkor 1 
  Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Bunyodkor 314
  Flag of South Korea.svg Pohang Steelers (aet)145 
Flag of South Korea.svg Pohang Steelers 6
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Newcastle Jets 0 
  Flag of South Korea.svg Pohang Steelers 224
  Flag of Qatar.svg Umm-Salal 011 
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal 0 (3) 
Flag of Qatar.svg Umm-Salal (p)0 (4) 
  Flag of Qatar.svg Umm-Salal 314
  Flag of South Korea.svg FC Seoul 213 
Flag of Japan.svg Kashima Antlers 2 (4)
Flag of South Korea.svg FC Seoul (p)2 (5) 

Round of 16

The draw for the round of 16 of the 2009 AFC Champions League was held on 7 January 2009, along with the draw for the group stage. The West Asian matches were played on 26 and 27 May. The East Asian matches were played on 24 June.

Team 1 Score Team 2
West Asia
Al-Hilal Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 0–0 (a.e.t.)
(3–4 p)
Flag of Qatar.svg Umm-Salal
Persepolis Flag of Iran.svg 0–1 Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Bunyodkor
Al-Ittihad Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 2–1 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Shabab
Al-Ettifaq Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1–2 Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Pakhtakor
Team 1 Score Team 2
East Asia
Nagoya Grampus Flag of Japan.svg 2–1 Flag of South Korea.svg Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Gamba Osaka Flag of Japan.svg 2–3 Flag of Japan.svg Kawasaki Frontale
Kashima Antlers Flag of Japan.svg 2–2 (a.e.t.)
(4–5 p)
Flag of South Korea.svg FC Seoul
Pohang Steelers Flag of South Korea.svg 6–0 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Newcastle Jets

Quarter-finals

The draw for the quarter-finals and the remaining knockout rounds took place at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 29 June 2009. The first leg matches were played on 23–24 September, with the second leg matches were played on 30 September.

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Umm-Salal Flag of Qatar.svg 4–3 Flag of South Korea.svg FC Seoul 3–2 1–1
Kawasaki Frontale Flag of Japan.svg 3–4 Flag of Japan.svg Nagoya Grampus 2–1 1–3
Pakhtakor Flag of Uzbekistan.svg 1–5 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ittihad 1–1 0–4
Bunyodkor Flag of Uzbekistan.svg 4–5 Flag of South Korea.svg Pohang Steelers 3–1 1–4 (a.e.t.)

Semi-finals

The first leg matches were played on 21 October, with the second leg matches were played on 28 October 2009.

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
Al-Ittihad Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 8–3 Flag of Japan.svg Nagoya Grampus 6–2 2–1
Pohang Steelers Flag of South Korea.svg 4–1 Flag of Qatar.svg Umm-Salal 2–0 2–1

Final

The 2009 AFC Champions League Final was played on 7 November at National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan.

Al-Ittihad Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1–2 Flag of South Korea.svg Pohang Steelers
Noor Soccerball shade.svg 74' Report No Byung-jun Soccerball shade.svg 57'
Kim Hyung-il Soccerball shade.svg 66'

Top scorers

Note: Goals scored in qualifying round not counted.

RankPlayerClub MD1 MD2 MD3 MD4 MD5 MD6 R16 QF1 QF2 SF1 SF2  F Total
1 Flag of Brazil.svg Leandro Flag of Japan.svg Gamba Osaka 13211210
2 Flag of Ghana.svg Prince Tagoe Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ettifaq 23218
3 Flag of Brazil.svg Denilson Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Pohang Steelers 31127
4 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Nasser Al-Shamrani Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Shabab 11316
5 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Mohammed Noor Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ittihad 1315
Flag of Japan.svg Yoshizumi Ogawa Flag of Japan.svg Nagoya Grampus 12115
Flag of Morocco.svg Hicham Aboucherouane Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ittihad 111115
Flag of Montenegro.svg Dejan Damjanović Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg FC Seoul 3115
Flag of Brazil.svg Renatinho Flag of Japan.svg Kawasaki Frontale 111115
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Zaynitdin Tadjiyev Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Pakhtakor 111115
Flag of Brazil.svg Araújo Flag of Qatar.svg Al-Gharafa 1135

Fair Play Award

Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Pohang Steelers [4]

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