AFC Champions League Previews, Predictions & Betting Tips
AFC Champions League Tips
The AFC Champions League, known as the Asian Champions League, is an annual international club football competition organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The competition is Asia’s equivalent to the Copa Libertadores and UEFA Champions League competitions.
The competition started in 1967 as the Asian Club Championship, a tournament between the champions of each AFC nation. After initial political problems between Arab clubs and Isreaeli clubs, the AFC stopped the competition and in 1974 expelled Israel from the confederation.
Returning in 1985, the AFC introduced the Asian Cup Winners' Cup in 1990 and the Asian Super Cup in 1995. In the 2002-03 season the Asian Club Championship, Asian Cup Winners' Cup and Asian Super Cup combined to become the AFC Champions League.
32 clubs compete in the group stage with clubs from Asia's strongest leagues receiving automatic qualification and clubs from lower-ranked nations entering via the qualifying playoffs.
The top two teams from each group advance to the Round of 16 with the final played home and away in a two legged affair. The AFC Champions League winner qualifies for the FIFA Club World Cup.
The Republic of Korea’s Pohang Steelers are the most successful club in the competition with three titles. Clubs from the Republic of Korea have won the tournament 11 times with Japanese clubs next best with six titles.
The reigning AFC Champions League winners are Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds who defeated Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal in the 2017 final.
Recent AFC Champions League Winners and Runners-Up
|2017||Urawa Red Diamonds||Japan||Al-Hilal||Saudi Arabia|
|2016||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||Korea Republic||Al-Ain||United Arab Emirates|
|2015||Guangzhou Evergrande||China||Al-Ahli||United Arab Emirates|
|2014||Western Sydney Wanderers||Australia||Al-Hilal||Saudi Arabia|
|2013||Guangzhou Evergrande||China||FC Seoul||Korea Republic|
|2012||Ulsan Hyundai||Korea Republic||Al-Ahli||Saudi Arabia|
|2011||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||Korea Republic||Al-Sadd||Qatar|
|2010||Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma||Korea Republic||Zob Ahan||Iran|
|2009||Pohang Steelers||Korea Republic||Al-Ittihad||Saudi Arabia|
|2008||Gamba Osaka||Japan||Adelaide United||Australia|
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