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    Asian Champions League

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    Toby
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    Asian Champions League

    Post by Toby on Thu Oct 01, 2009 7:41 am

    What do you guys think of the quarter-finals?? Steelers vs Bunyodkor was a good game to watch.

    Socceroos striker Josh Kennedy has fired Nagoya Grampus into their first Asian Champions League semi-final with a late winner against Japanese rivals Kawasaki Frontale.

    Ristic sends Pohang through
    Umm-Salal hold on in Seoul
    Al-Ittihad cruise into semis
    Kennedy proves Nagoya hero
    The two-leg quarter-final tie appeared to be heading for extra-time with Nagoya up 2-1 at home having lost last week's first leg at Kawasaki by the same score.

    But Kennedy scored in the 88th minute to give his side an historic 4-3 aggregate win and re-affirm himself as an instant hit in Japan.

    The lanky frontman has found the net in his past three games and took his tally to seven goals in 11 matches since joining the J.League outfit following a nine-year stint in Germany.

    Kennedy's performances, and the fact he is now playing regular football, will delight Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek heading into next year's World Cup.

    Knowing they needed at least a 1-0 victory to progress to the semi-finals, Nagoya started strongly at the Mizuho Stadium, with Yoshizumi Ogawa and Yoshida Maya putting them 2-0 up after 35 minutes.

    But Jong Tae-se hit back three minutes later with a valuable away goal for Kawasaki to level the tie at 3-3, before Kennedy broke the deadlock.

    Nagoya will play Al-Ittihad in next month's semi-finals after the Saudi Arabia side cruised past Uzbekistan's Pakhtakor.

    The sides were locked following a 1-1 first-leg draw in Tashkent, but Al-Ittihad eased to a 4-0 second-leg victory thanks to goals from Sultan Al Nemri, Amine Chermiti, Hicham Aboucherouane and captain Mohammed Noor to secure a 5-1 aggregate success.

    Korea's Pohang Steelers overcame a 3-1 first-leg deficit to defeat Uzbekistan powerhouse Bunyodkor 4-1 after extra-time and 5-4 on aggregate.

    The loss ended former Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari's first foray into Asian continental football.

    Scolari, who guided his native Brazil to the 2002 World Cup title, joined the Uzbek club this season and was hoping to win the Asian championship and get a shot at the Club World Cup.

    Pohang will take on Umm-Salal for a place in the final after the Qataris held FC Seoul to a 1-1 draw in their second-leg clash to advance 4-3 on aggregate.

    source: theworldgame.com.au
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    Re: Asian Champions League

    Post by JohnLovesCanberraUnited on Sun Oct 11, 2009 11:48 am

    How have the Aussie teams gone???
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    Re: Asian Champions League

    Post by Toby on Sun Oct 25, 2009 9:09 am

    Newcastle and CCM have both been knocked out.. they are up to the semis now..
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    Re: Asian Champions League

    Post by United On The Gong on Mon Oct 26, 2009 9:57 am

    JohnLovesCanberraUnited wrote:How have the Aussie teams gone???

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    Re: Asian Champions League

    Post by Toby on Thu Oct 29, 2009 6:17 am

    Pohang steelers (S. Korea) are to meet Al Ittihad (KSA) in the asian champions league final. Pohang steelers defeated Umm Salal (QAT) 4-1 on aggregate whilst Al Ittihad destroyed Nagoya Grampus (8-3). Goal of the tournament: the third goal

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-L457GYxbfc
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    Re: Asian Champions League

    Post by Admin_Capital Punishment on Thu Oct 29, 2009 6:33 am

    So a Pohang-Al Ittihad final in Tokyo. Jeez, could you imagine the crowd if the Qatari team made it.
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    Re: Asian Champions League

    Post by Toby on Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:52 am

    Football Federation Australia is expected to pursue its dream of staging an AFC Champions League final after the weekend decider in neutral Tokyo drew a 25,743 crowd.

    Pohang Steelers of Korea Republic beat Saudi Arabia's Al Ittihad 2-1 in the final at the National Stadium that attracted a bigger-than-expected attendance.

    The official figure for paying spectators has not yet been released.

    The AFC will shortly examine the ramifications of turning its two-legged final into a one-off showdown but it will retain the current format of the final for two to four seasons.

    And the FFA is expected to retain its interest in staging the event in Australia in the period.

    "The attendance at the Champions League final was very encouraging for the AFC and all member associations," FFA chief executive Ben Buckley said.

    "It shows that the reputation of the event is increasing and that fans are keen to watch the two best club teams in Asian football, regardless of where they're from."

    The venue of the 2010 final will be annouced on the occasion of the draw for the 32-team event later this year.

    Australia's representatives in the competition will be 2009 champions Melbourne Victory and beaten grand finalists Adelaide United.

    source: the worldgame.com.au


    A fantastic crowd for a neutral game indeed. However I don't think Australians follow (and know) asian football enough to get a similar crowd at a neutral venue.
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    Re: Asian Champions League

    Post by JohnLovesCanberraUnited on Sat Apr 17, 2010 9:33 am

    new acl season.... melbourne out 1st round (as always) and adelaide still going... GO AUSSIE
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    Re: Asian Champions League

    Post by Toby on Mon Oct 04, 2010 1:16 am

    Semi finals:

    Al Shabab (KSA) - Seognam Ilhwa Chunma (KOR) - 05/09/10 return leg 20/09/10

    Zobahan (IRN) - Al Hilal (KSA) - 06/09/10 return leg 20/09/10

    Both games are televised on fox

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