2012 AFC field set…almost.

 

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

 

Chinese Pot:

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

 

 Miscellaneous Pot:

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:

Iran:

Sepehan: League Champions

Persepolis: Cup Winners

Esteghal: League Runner up

Zob Ahan: League 3rd place

 

Saudi Arabia:

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

 

Qatar:

Lehkwiya: League Champions

Al-Rayyan: Cup Winners

 

Uzbekistan:

Bundyokor: League Champions

Pakhtakor: Cup Winners

 

Qualification teams:

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

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