2012 AFC field set…almost.Posted: November 24, 2011
Well we have know than our own Brisbane Roar FC would be apart of the 2012 for about a full year now, but who would they be facing? Well now we know the teams that they will be coming up against and could be drawn to face on December 6 in Kuala Lumpur, but before we go thru who is in the draw, here are the key dates you need to know for the 2012 Champions League.
2012 AFC Champions League Group Stage Draw: 6 December 2011.
Qualification Play off Semi Finals: 11-12 Febuary 2012.
Qualification Play off Final: 18 Febuary 2012.
Group Stage Matchday 1:- 6-7 March 2012
Group Stage Matchday 2: 20-21 March 2012
Group Stage Matchday 3: 3-4 April 2012
Group Stage Matchday 4: 17-18 April 2012
Group Stage Matchday 5: 1-2 May 2012
Group Stage Matchday 6: 15-16 May 2012
Round of 16: 29-30 May 2012
Quarter Final Leg 1: 19 September 2012
Quarter Final Leg 2: 2-3 October 2012
Semi Final Leg 1: 24 October 2012
Semi Final Leg 2: 31 October 2012
Final: 9/10 November 2012
Now these dates throw up some potential banana skins for Brisbane, both in the regular season and in the finals series. For the sake of this discussion, I will make the rather big assumption that Brisbane will qualify for back-to-back Grand Finals. Matchday 1 of the ACL shouldn’t be too much of an issue with 2 home games (March 2 vs Melb.H and March 11 vs Adelaide) flanking a possible away trip.
Matchday 2 is potentially more tricky if it is an away game due to the fact it falls between 2 away games in the A-League (March 18 in Newcastle and March 25 down the Gold Coast. If for example you are going Newcastle-Korea-Gold Coast that could be tough week with very little recovery between the 1st 2 matches.
It is Matchdays 3 and 4 where things get more difficuilt however with M3 falling right in the middle of weeks 1 and 2 of the finals series, but M4 could be the trickiest of all. Lets make the assumption that Brisbane win the major semi final series and host the GF again. In that case they would have a midweek Champions League game and then a Grand Final on the weekend, but they would have the previous weekend off, and more than enough time for an away trip. If however they lost the major semi of the A-Leauge, or finished 3-6 it would become alot tougher. They would then have to play a Preliminary Final on the weekend, then play a Champions League game and then quickly recover for a potential Grand Final. Matchdays 5 and 6 are in May and the only issues for them -and the round of 16 possibly- are keeping the players fitness up for those by playing local league sides.
We’ll have more on this on December 6, once the draw is complete and the match scheduele is drawn up, here’s hoping for a favourable draw for Brisbane during that potentially tricky period.
Ok now moving on to who has qualified, starting with the Korean pot:
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors: Korean League Champions
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma: Korean FA Cup Winners
Pohang Steelers: Korean League Runner-Up
Ulsan Hyundia: Korean 3-6 Playoff Winner
Guangzhou Evergrande: Chinese League Champions
Tianjin Teda: Chinese FA Cup Winners
Beijing Guoan: Chinese League Runner-Up
Liaoning Whowin: Chinese League 3rd Place
Japanese Pot:* J-League still running, but 3 sides have claimed the league spots.
Kashiwa Reysol (Currently 1st place)
Nagoya Grampus (Currently 2nd place)
Gamba Osaka (Currently 3rd place)
2011 Emperor’s Cup winner: Decided Jan 1, 2012
Brisbane Roar: Australia Premier and Champions
Central Coast Mariners: Australian League Runner-Up
Pesipura Jayapura: Indonesian League Champions
East Asian Qualifier: Arema(Indonesia) vs Buriram Pea (Thailand)
As mentioned the Japanese Emperor’s Cup is still running and the 4th round will take place on Dec.17. The matchups:
Nagoya Grampus (Qualified) vs Kasiwa Reysol (Qualified)
Yokohama F.Marinos vs Matsumoto Yamaga
Kashima Antlers vs Kyoto Sanga F.C
Kawasaki Frontale vs Shonan Bellmare
Mito HollyHock vs F.C Tokyo
Ehime F.C vs Urawa Red Diamonds
Cerezo Osaka vs Vegalta Sendai
Shimuzu S-Pulse vs Jef United Chiba
We here at The Roar Review will keep you up to date with this competition as it may well have an impact on who Brisbane Roar will face on their Asian adventure.
Moving on briefly to West Asia which I wont cover in too much detail, because it is irrelevant up until the Quarter Final stage, but here is who is in:
Sepehan: League Champions
Persepolis: Cup Winners
Esteghal: League Runner up
Zob Ahan: League 3rd place
Al-Hilal: League Champions
Al-Ahli: Cuup Winners
Al-Ittihad: League Runner up
Al-Etifaq: League 3rd place
United Arab Emirates:
Al-Jazira: League and Cup winners
Bani Yas: League Runner up
Al Nasr: League 3rd place
Lehkwiya: League Champions
Al-Rayyan: Cup Winners
Bundyokor: League Champions
Pakhtakor: Cup Winners
Salgaocar: Indian League Champions
Al-Gharafa: Qatari League Runner-Up
Al-Shabab: United Arab Emirates League 4th place
Nasaf Qarshi (Uzbekistan) :2011 AFC Cup Winner
Al-Kuwait (Kuwait): 2011 AFC Cup Runner-Up