The AFC Champions League KO Stage Starts Today – Thrilling Action Anticipated
Football Fever!! As the AFC Champions League (ACL) Quarter Finals starts today Wednesday, 14 September 2011, QNet takes a look at the eight teams who have made it through to this advanced stage of the competition.
During these Quarter Finals, like the previous seasons on a home-and-away format, Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad will continue their bid to claim a third ACL title against K-League champions FC Seoul, while Japan’s sole remaining representative, Cerezo Osaka, will meet again with their Korean rivals from Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. These two duels will take place respectively at the Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) and the Osaka Nagai Stadium (Osaka, Japan).
The four other teams consist of Suwon Samsung Bluewings – the third Korean club having reached this stage – who will clash with 2010 ACL finalist Zobahan from Iran, and the second Iranian club – Sepahan, facing the Qatari qualifiers, Al Saad. They are meeting today respectively at the Suwon World Cup Stadium (Suwon, Korea) and the Foolad Shahr Stadium (Esfahan, Iran).
AFC Acting President Zhang Jilong said he expects a tough contest for the continent’s top club football honours this time round. “I am expecting a very good competition because only the best teams make it to this stage,” Jilong told official AFC website, www.the-afc.com.
“We have three teams from Korea Republic, one from Japan, two from Iran, and one each from Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The draw itself has been very interesting and the home-and-away matches should be very entertaining.”
He added, “The title itself has been in the grip of clubs from the Korea Republic since the last two years and it would be interesting to see if their dominance can be successfully challenged by the other aspirants.”
Do not miss the AFC Champions League Quarter Finals action, proudly supported by QNet, today and on 27-28 September for the second leg!
Watch this QNet Blog section for more updates, and click here for the latest fixtures on the AFC Champions League Season 2011.