2017 AFC Champions League

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2017 AFC Champions League
Tournament details
DatesQualifying:
24 January – 8 February 2017
Competition proper:
20 February – 25 November 2017
TeamsCompetition proper: 32
Total: 47 (from 19 associations)
Final positions
Champions Flag of Japan.svg Urawa Red Diamonds (2nd title)
Runners-up Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal
Tournament statistics
Matches played126
Goals scored394 (3.13 per match)
Attendance1,779,826 (14,126 per match)
Top scorer(s) Flag of Syria.svg Omar Kharbin
(10 goals)
Best player(s) Flag of Japan.svg Yōsuke Kashiwagi
Fair play award Flag of Japan.svg Urawa Red Diamonds
2016
2018

The 2017 AFC Champions League was the 36th edition of Asia's premier club football tournament organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and the 15th under the current AFC Champions League title.

Contents

Urawa Red Diamonds defeated Al-Hilal in the final to win their second AFC Champions League title, and qualified as the AFC representative at the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. [1]

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors were the defending champions, but they were excluded from the 2017 season due to a bribery scandal in the domestic K League Classic. [2] Jeonbuk appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, [3] but their request for provisional measures was rejected on 3 February. [4]

Association team allocation

The AFC Competitions Committee proposed a revamp of the AFC club competitions on 25 January 2014, [5] which was ratified by the AFC Executive Committee on 16 April 2014. [6] The 46 AFC member associations (excluding the associate member Northern Mariana Islands) are ranked based on their national team's and clubs' performance over the last four years in AFC competitions, with the allocation of slots for the 2017 and 2018 editions of the AFC club competitions determined by the 2016 AFC rankings (Entry Manual Article 2.2): [7]

For the 2017 AFC Champions League, the associations were allocated slots according to their association ranking published on 30 November 2016, [8] which takes into account their performance in the AFC Champions League and the AFC Cup, as well as their national team's FIFA World Rankings, during the period between 2013 and 2016. [7] [9]

The slot allocation was announced on 7 December 2016, with India and Maldives returning to the West Region. [10] The final slot allocation, after unused slots were redistributed, was announced on 12 December 2016. [11] [12]

Participation for 2017 AFC Champions League [13]
Participating
Not participating
Notes
  1. ^
    Australia (AUS): The top division run by the Football Federation Australia, the A-League, only had nine Australia-based teams in the 2015–16 season, so Australia could only get a maximum of three total slots (Entry Manual 5.4). [7]
  2. ^
    Indonesia (IDN): Indonesia did not submit any entry.
  3. ^
    Iraq (IRQ): Iraq did not fulfill the AFC Champions League criteria.
  4. ^
    Kuwait (KUW): Kuwait could not enter due to FIFA's suspension of the Kuwait Football Association at the entry deadline. [14]
  5. ^
    Lebanon (LIB): Lebanon did not fulfill the AFC Champions League criteria.
  6. ^
    Syria (SYR): Syria did not fulfill the AFC Champions League criteria.

Teams

The following 47 teams from 19 associations entered the competition. [11]

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.

Notes
  1. ^
    Hong Kong (HKG): Eastern, the 2015–16 Hong Kong Premier League champions, initially gave up their place in the AFC Champions League due to financial problems. As a result, the Hong Kong Football Association decided that Kitchee, the 2015–16 Hong Kong Season Play-off winners, would enter the group stage instead of the qualifying play-offs, while Southern District, the play-off runners-up, would enter the qualifying play-offs. [15] However, the AFC did not allow Kitchee to replace Eastern in the AFC Champions League group stage, and Kitchee would still enter the qualifying play-offs, while Southern District would not be able to participate in the AFC Champions League. [16] [17] On 21 November 2016, the Hong Kong Football Association announced they had reversed their decision and would put forward Eastern and Kitchee as their representatives. [18]
  2. ^
    South Korea (KOR): On 18 January 2017, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, the 2016 K League Classic runners-up, were excluded from the 2017 AFC Champions League due to a bribery scandal in the domestic K League Classic. [19] As a result, Jeju United, the league 3rd place, entered the group stage instead of the qualifying play-offs to replace them, while Ulsan Hyundai, the league 4th place, entered the qualifying play-offs to replace Jeju United. [2]
  3. ^
    Saudi Arabia (KSA): Al-Ittihad, the 2015–16 Saudi Professional League 3rd place, could not participate in the AFC Champions League due to club licensing requirements problems. As a result, Al-Taawoun, the league 4th place, entered the group stage instead of the qualifying play-offs, while Al-Fateh, the league 5th place, entered the qualifying play-offs. [20]
  4. ^
    Singapore (SIN): Albirex Niigata Singapore, the 2016 S.League champions, is a satellite team of Japanese club Albirex Niigata and thus ineligible to represent Singapore in AFC club competitions. As a result, Tampines Rovers, the league runners-up, entered the qualifying play-offs.
  5. ^
    Thailand (THA): Due to the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Football Association of Thailand cancelled the remainder of the 2016 Thai football season on 14 October 2016. [21] The standings of the 2016 Thai Premier League at the point of cancellation were declared as final, meaning Muangthong United and Bangkok United finished as the league champions and runners-up respectively. [22] The four semi-finalists of the 2016 Thai FA Cup were declared as co-winners, and a draw was held to decide which team would represent Thailand in the AFC Champions League, and was won by Sukhothai. [23]

Schedule

The schedule of the competition was as follows. [24] Starting from 2017, matches in the West Region were played on Mondays and Tuesdays instead of Tuesdays and Wednesdays. [25]

StageRoundDraw dateFirst legSecond leg
Preliminary stagePreliminary round 1No draw24 January 2017
Preliminary round 225 & 31 January 2017
Play-off stagePlay-off round7–8 February 2017
Group stageMatchday 113 December 2016
(Petaling Jaya, Malaysia) [10]
20–22 February 2017
Matchday 227 February – 1 March 2017
Matchday 313–15 March 2017
Matchday 410–12 April 2017
Matchday 524–26 April 2017
Matchday 68–10 May 2017
Knockout stageRound of 1622–24 May 201729–31 May 2017
Quarter-finals6 June 2017
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) [26]
21–23 August 201711–13 September 2017
Semi-finals26–27 September 201717–18 October 2017
Final18 November 201725 November 2017

Qualifying play-offs

In the qualifying play-offs, each tie was played as a single match. Extra time and penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary (Regulations Article 9.2). The eight winners of the play-off round advanced to the group stage to join the 24 direct entrants. All losers in each round from associations with only play-off slots entered the AFC Cup group stage. [1] The bracket of the qualifying play-offs for each region was determined by the AFC based on the association ranking of each team, with the team from the higher-ranked association hosting the match. Teams from the same association could not be placed into the same play-off. [12]

Preliminary round 1

Team 1 Score Team 2
East Region
Global Flag of the Philippines.svg 2–0 Flag of Singapore.svg Tampines Rovers

Preliminary round 2

Team 1 Score Team 2
West Region
Al-Wehdat Flag of Jordan.svg 2–1 Flag of India.svg Bengaluru FC
Nasaf Qarshi Flag of Uzbekistan.svg 4–0 Flag of Bahrain.svg Al-Hidd
Team 1 Score Team 2
East Region
Kitchee Flag of Hong Kong.svg 3–2 (a.e.t.) Flag of Vietnam.svg Hà Nội
Bangkok United Flag of Thailand.svg 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(4–5 p)
Flag of Malaysia.svg Johor Darul Ta'zim
Sukhothai Flag of Thailand.svg 5–0 Flag of Myanmar.svg Yadanarbon
Brisbane Roar Flag of Australia (converted).svg 6–0 Flag of the Philippines.svg Global

Play-off round

Team 1 Score Team 2
West Region
Al-Wahda Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 3–0 Flag of Jordan.svg Al-Wehdat
Al-Fateh Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1–0 Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Nasaf Qarshi
Esteghlal Flag of Iran.svg 0–0 (a.e.t.)
(4–3 p)
Flag of Qatar.svg Al-Sadd
El Jaish Flag of Qatar.svg 0–0 (a.e.t.)
(1–3 p)
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Bunyodkor
Team 1 Score Team 2
East Region
Ulsan Hyundai Flag of South Korea.svg 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(4–3 p)
Flag of Hong Kong.svg Kitchee
Gamba Osaka Flag of Japan.svg 3–0 Flag of Malaysia.svg Johor Darul Ta'zim
Shanghai SIPG Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 3–0 Flag of Thailand.svg Sukhothai
Shanghai Shenhua Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 0–2 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brisbane Roar

Group stage

The draw for the group stage was held on 13 December 2016, 16:00 MYT ( UTC+8 ), at the Hilton Petaling Jaya in Petaling Jaya , Malaysia . [11] [27] [28] The 32 teams were drawn into eight groups of four: four groups each in the West Region (Groups A–D) and the East Region (Groups E–H). Teams from the same association could not be drawn into the same group. [12] In the group stage, each group was played on a home-and-away round-robin basis. The winners and runners-up of each group advanced to the round of 16 of the knockout stage .

Group A

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification AHL EST TAA LOK
1 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al-Ahli 6321105+511 [lower-alpha 1] Advance to knockout stage 2–1 0–0 4–0
2 Flag of Iran.svg Esteghlal 6321105+511 [lower-alpha 1] 1–1 3–0 2–0
3 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Taawoun 612371255 [lower-alpha 2] 1–3 1–2 1–0
4 Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Lokomotiv Tashkent 612371255 [lower-alpha 2] 2–0 1–1 4–4
Source: AFC
Notes:
  1. 1 2 Head-to-head results: Al-Ahli 2–1 Esteghlal, Esteghlal 1–1 Al-Ahli.
  2. 1 2 Head-to-head results: Al-Taawoun 1–0 Lokomotiv Tashkent, Lokomotiv Tashkent 4–4 Al-Taawoun.

Group B

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification LEK ESK FAT JAZ
1 Flag of Qatar.svg Lekhwiya 6420156+914Advance to knockout stage 2–1 4–1 3–0
2 Flag of Iran.svg Esteghlal Khuzestan 623165+19 1–1 1–0 1–1
3 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Fateh 61327926 2–2 1–1 3–1
4 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al-Jazira 602431182 1–3 0–1 0–0
Source: AFC

Group C

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification AIN AHL ZOB BUN
1 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al-Ain 6330147+712Advance to knockout stage 2–2 1–1 3–0
2 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ahli 6321107+311 2–2 2–0 2–0
3 Flag of Iran.svg Zob Ahan 62136937 0–3 1–2 2–1
4 Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Bunyodkor 610551273 2–3 2–0 0–2
Source: AFC

Group D

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification HIL PER RAY WAH
1 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal 6330107+312Advance to knockout stage 0–0 2–1 1–0
2 Flag of Iran.svg Persepolis 623198+19 1–1 0–0 4–2
3 Flag of Qatar.svg Al-Rayyan 6213101337 3–4 3–1 2–1
4 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al-Wahda 6114121314 2–2 2–3 5–1
Source: AFC

Group E

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification KSA MUA ULS BRI
1 Flag of Japan.svg Kashima Antlers 6402135+812Advance to knockout stage 2–1 2–0 3–0
2 Flag of Thailand.svg Muangthong United 632173+411 2–1 1–0 3–0
3 Flag of South Korea.svg Ulsan Hyundai 62139907 0–4 0–0 6–0
4 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brisbane Roar 6114416124 2–1 0–0 2–3
Source: AFC

Group F

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification URA SSI SEO WSW
1 Flag of Japan.svg Urawa Red Diamonds 6402187+1112 [lower-alpha 1] Advance to knockout stage 1–0 5–2 6–1
2 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai SIPG 6402159+612 [lower-alpha 1] 3–2 4–2 5–1
3 Flag of South Korea.svg FC Seoul 6204101556 [lower-alpha 2] 1–0 0–1 2–3
4 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Western Sydney Wanderers 62041022126 [lower-alpha 2] 0–4 3–2 2–3
Source: AFC
Notes:
  1. 1 2 Head-to-head results: Shanghai SIPG 3–2 Urawa Red Diamonds, Urawa Red Diamonds 1–0 Shanghai SIPG (Urawa Red Diamonds won on away goals).
  2. 1 2 Head-to-head results: FC Seoul 2–3 Western Sydney Wanderers, Western Sydney Wanderers 2–3 FC Seoul (tied on head-to-head results, ranked on total goal difference).

Group G

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification KAW GZE SSB EAS
1 Flag of Japan.svg Kawasaki Frontale 624083+510 [lower-alpha 1] Advance to knockout stage 0–0 1–1 4–0
2 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande 6240185+1310 [lower-alpha 1] 1–1 2–2 7–0
3 Flag of South Korea.svg Suwon Samsung Bluewings 6231116+59 0–1 2–2 5–0
4 Flag of Hong Kong.svg Eastern 6015124231 1–1 0–6 0–1
Source: AFC
Notes:
  1. 1 2 Head-to-head results: Guangzhou Evergrande 1–1 Kawasaki Frontale, Kawasaki Frontale 0–0 Guangzhou Evergrande (Kawasaki Frontale won on away goals).

Group H

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification JIA JEJ ADE GAM
1 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Jiangsu Suning 650193+615Advance to knockout stage 1–2 2–1 3–0
2 Flag of South Korea.svg Jeju United 6312129+310 0–1 1–3 2–0
3 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Adelaide United 6123101335 0–1 3–3 0–3
4 Flag of Japan.svg Gamba Osaka 611471364 0–1 1–4 3–3
Source: AFC

Knockout stage

In the knockout stage, the 16 teams played a single-elimination tournament, with the teams split into the two regions until the final. Each tie was played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. The away goals rule, extra time (away goals would not apply in extra time) and penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary (Regulations Article 11.3). [1]

Bracket

The bracket was decided after the draw for the knockout stage, which was held on 6 June 2017, 16:00 MYT (UTC+8), at the JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. [12] [26] [29] [30]

  Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                       
Flag of Iran.svg Esteghlal 112 
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al-Ain 066 
  Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al-Ain 000 
  Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal 033 
Flag of Iran.svg Esteghlal Khuzestan 112
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal 224 
  Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal 426 
West Region
  Flag of Iran.svg Persepolis 022 
Flag of Iran.svg Persepolis 011 
Flag of Qatar.svg Lekhwiya 000 
  Flag of Iran.svg Persepolis 235
  Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ahli 213 
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ahli 134
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al-Ahli 112 
  Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal 101
  Flag of Japan.svg Urawa Red Diamonds 112
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai SIPG 235 
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Jiangsu Suning 123 
  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai SIPG (p)415 (5)
  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande 055 (4) 
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande (a)112
Flag of Japan.svg Kashima Antlers 022 
  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai SIPG 101
East Region
  Flag of Japan.svg Urawa Red Diamonds 112 
Flag of Thailand.svg Muangthong United 112 
Flag of Japan.svg Kawasaki Frontale 347 
  Flag of Japan.svg Kawasaki Frontale 314
  Flag of Japan.svg Urawa Red Diamonds 145 
Flag of South Korea.svg Jeju United 202
Flag of Japan.svg Urawa Red Diamonds (a.e.t.)033 

Round of 16

In the round of 16, the winners of one group played the runners-up of another group from the same region, with the matchups determined by the group stage draw, and the group winners hosting the second leg. [12]

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
West Region
Esteghlal Flag of Iran.svg 2–6 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al-Ain 1–0 1–6
Al-Ahli Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 4–2 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al-Ahli 1–1 3–1
Esteghlal Khuzestan Flag of Iran.svg 2–4 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal 1–2 1–2
Persepolis Flag of Iran.svg 1–0 Flag of Qatar.svg Lekhwiya 0–0 1–0
Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
East Region
Muangthong United Flag of Thailand.svg 2–7 Flag of Japan.svg Kawasaki Frontale 1–3 1–4
Guangzhou Evergrande Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2–2 (a) Flag of Japan.svg Kashima Antlers 1–0 1–2
Shanghai SIPG Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 5–3 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Jiangsu Suning 2–1 3–2
Jeju United Flag of South Korea.svg 2–3 Flag of Japan.svg Urawa Red Diamonds 2–0 0–3 (a.e.t.)

Quarter-finals

The draw for the quarter-finals was held on 6 June 2017. In the quarter-finals, the four teams from the West Region played in two ties, and the four teams from the East Region played in two ties, with the matchups and order of legs decided by draw, without any seeding or country protection. [26] [29] [30]

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
West Region
Al-Ain Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 0–3 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal 0–0 0–3
Persepolis Flag of Iran.svg 5–3 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Ahli 2–2 3–1
Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
East Region
Shanghai SIPG Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 5–5 (5–4 p) Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande 4–0 1–5 (a.e.t.)
Kawasaki Frontale Flag of Japan.svg 4–5 Flag of Japan.svg Urawa Red Diamonds 3–1 1–4

Semi-finals

In the semi-finals, the two quarter-final winners from the West Region played each other, and the two quarter-final winners from the East Region played each other, with the order of legs determined by the quarter-final draw. [26]

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
West Region
Al-Hilal Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 6–2 Flag of Iran.svg Persepolis 4–0 2–2
Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
East Region
Shanghai SIPG Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 1–2 Flag of Japan.svg Urawa Red Diamonds 1–1 0–1

Final

In the final, the two semi-final winners played each other, with the order of legs (first leg hosted by team from the West Region, second leg hosted by team from the East Region) reversed from the previous season's final. [26]

Al-Hilal Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1–1 Flag of Japan.svg Urawa Red Diamonds
Report
Urawa Red Diamonds Flag of Japan.svg 1–0 Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal
Report

Urawa Red Diamonds won 2–1 on aggregate.

Awards

AwardPlayerTeam
Most Valuable Player Flag of Japan.svg Yōsuke Kashiwagi [31] Flag of Japan.svg Urawa Red Diamonds
Top Goalscorer Flag of Syria.svg Omar Kharbin [32] Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal
Fair Play Award Flag of Japan.svg Urawa Red Diamonds

Top scorers

  Team eliminated / inactive for this round.
RankPlayerTeamMD1MD2MD3MD4MD5MD62R12R2QF1QF2SF1SF2F1F2Total
1 Flag of Syria.svg Omar Kharbin Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal 12132110
2 Flag of Brazil.svg Hulk Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai SIPG 1111111119
Flag of Brazil.svg Rafael Silva Flag of Japan.svg Urawa Red Diamonds 11121111
4 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Omar Abdulrahman Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al-Ain 211127
Flag of Brazil.svg Alan Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande 11122
Flag of Brazil.svg Carlos Eduardo Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal 11113
Flag of Brazil.svg Ricardo Goulart Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangzhou Evergrande 1123
Flag of Iran.svg Mehdi Taremi Flag of Iran.svg Persepolis 2131
9 Flag of Japan.svg Yu Kobayashi Flag of Japan.svg Kawasaki Frontale 111126
Flag of Iran.svg Kaveh Rezaei Flag of Iran.svg Esteghlal 111111

Note: Goals scored in the qualifying play-offs are not counted when determining top scorer (Regulations Article 64.4). [1]

Source: AFC [33]

Player of the week awards

MatchdayToyota Player of the Week
PlayerTeam
Group stage
Matchday 1 [34] Flag of Morocco.svg Youssef El-Arabi Flag of Qatar.svg Lekhwiya
Matchday 2 [35] Flag of South Korea.svg Kim In-sung Flag of South Korea.svg Ulsan Hyundai
Matchday 3 [36] Flag of South Korea.svg Yun Il-lok Flag of South Korea.svg FC Seoul
Matchday 4 [37] Flag of South Korea.svg Ko Seung-beom Flag of South Korea.svg Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Matchday 5 [38] Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Khalid Eisa Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al-Ain
Matchday 6 [39] Flag of Uruguay.svg Nicolás Milesi Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal
Knockout stage
Round of 16 1st leg [40] Flag of Thailand.svg Teerasil Dangda Flag of Thailand.svg Muangthong United
Round of 16 2nd leg [41] Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Omar Abdulrahman Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg Al-Ain
Quarter-finals 1st leg [42] Flag of Japan.svg Yu Kobayashi Flag of Japan.svg Kawasaki Frontale
Quarter-finals 2nd leg [43] Flag of Brazil.svg Carlos Eduardo Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal
Semi-finals 1st leg [44] Flag of Syria.svg Omar Kharbin Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal
Semi-finals 2nd leg [45] Flag of Nigeria.svg Godwin Mensha Flag of Iran.svg Persepolis
Final [46] Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Mohammed Al-Breik Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Al-Hilal

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