Road to Asia update: August

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With Brisbane set to commence their third AFC Champions League campaign early next year, this is the first of what will be a monthly recap of the various Asian League’s to see who may be in the draw come early December. The following teams have already qualified for either the group stage, or the qualification rounds:

East Asia:
Australia: Brisbane Roar, Western Sydney Wanderers, Central Coast Mariners
Hong Kong: Kitchee FC
Vietnam: Becamex Binh Duong.

West Asia:
Iran: Foolad, Tractor Sazi, Persepolis, Naft Tehran.
Saudi Arabia: Al-Nassr, Al-Shabab, Al-Hilal, Al-Ahli.
United Arab Emirates: Al-Ahli, Al-Ain, Al-Wahda, Al-Jazira.
Qatar: Lekhwiya, Al-Saad, El Jaish, Al-Sailiya.
India: Bengaluru.
Jordan: Al-Wehdat Oman: Al-Nahda.
Bahrain: Riffa.
Iraq: Al-Shorta.
Kuwait: Al-Qadsia.

In West Asia, the only nation still to confirm their ACL is Uzbekistan, who will see the top two in the league, and the cup winners qualify. As things stand Lokomotiv Tashkent and Pakhtakor are 10 points clear in the league after 17 rounds so they are seemingly destined to qualify.

In the Uzbekistan Cup, Lokomotiv Tashkent have made the final, and will take on Bundyokor later in the year. If Bundyokor win, they will go into the ACL, if they fail to win, the spot will go to the third placed side in the league. Currently Nasaf Qarshi -35points- are 1 point clear of Bundyokor.

Moving on to the focus of our attention in East-Asia, where Japan, South Korea, China, Thailand and Singapore. We’ll start with Japan, where the top 3 in the league qualify, along with the Emperor’s Cup winner. Here’s the J-League table:

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Meanwhile in the Emperor’s Cup, they’re up to the round of 16, with the ties to be played on September 10.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima/Mito HollyHock vs. Gamba Osaka
FC Tokyo vs. Shimizu S-Pulse
Cerezo Osaka vs. Jubilo Iwata
Montedio Yamagata vs. Sagan Tosu
Giravanz Kitakyushu vs. Ventforet Kofu
V-Varen Nagasaki vs. JEF United Chiba
Ehime FC vs. Omiya Ardija
Thespakusatsu Gunma vs. Nagoya Grampus

South Korea: Top 2 + cup winner automatically qualify, 3rd place into the playoffs.

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In the Cup, they’re up to the semi-final stages, with the draw being held earlier on today. Matches to be played on October 22nd.

Sangju Sangmu vs. FC Seoul
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors vs. Seongnam FC

China: League and Cup winners automatically qualify, second and third go into the qualification round.

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In the cup, they’re also into the semi-final round, which will be played over two legs. The first leg is set down for the 1st of October, with the return leg on October 22nd.

Shandong Luneng vs. Qingdao Hainiu
Shanghai Shenhua vs. Jiangsu Sainty

*Teams listed first play first leg at home.

Thailand: League winner qualifies automatically, Cup winner and league runner up go into the playoffs.

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In the cup, they’re up to the semi-final stage, but the draw has yet to be concluded. The last four standing are Chiangrai United, Bangkok Glass, Suphanburi and Chonburi.

Finally in Singapore, where the league winner gets a playoff spot, the league is currently being won by Brunei DPMM -40 points- however they are ineligible for the ACL spot as they aren’t a Singapore based team. That leaves second placed Home United, third placed Warriors FC and fourth placed Tampines Rovers –all 38 points fighting for the spot.

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