2015 AFC Champions League Draw Preview

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Today, the draw for the 2015 AFC Champions League Group Stage will take place at the AFC Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, which means that today is the day that Brisbane Roar learn their fate of who they will play in their second Group Stage campaign. The draw itself will be conducted at approximately 6.00pm Queensland time, with a live stream on the AFC official YouTube account here.

* I was going to post this yesterday, but with the Matt Smith news breaking, I delayed it until today.

The draw today will reveal both the groups, along with the qualifiers for both East and West Asia. Here’s a brief rundown of how the draw will unfold. Firstly the draw for the qualifiers will take place, with East Asia having three rounds of qualifying, while West Asia has just the two. Onto the draw itself, it hasn’t been confirmed as yet, but there will be three pots of four teams, with the fourth pot being the four East and West Asian qualifiers. The actual pots are yet to be confirmed, but regardless we will only learn two of the three teams Brisbane will face in the Group Stage this evening, with the fourth to be confirmed in the new year. There are as it stands 12 automatic qualifiers from both East and West Asia for the Group Stage, with four qualifiers from each half of Asia.

With that, here’s a rundown of the teams that have qualified for the 2015 AFC Champions League Group Stage. The Japanese teams are still to be confirmed, but I’ll explain that situation in a moment.
East Asia:
Group Stage Qualifiers:

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Teams entering East Asian Round 1 Qualifiers:

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Teams entering East Asian Round 2 Qualifiers:

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Teams entering East Asian Round 3 Qualifiers:

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West Asia:
Group Stage Qualifiers:

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Teams entering West Asian Round 2 Qualifiers:

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Teams entering West Asian Round 3 Qualifiers:

In relation to the Japanese sides- the situation is complicated by the fact that the 2014 Emperor’s Cup Final is set to take place this weekend, and the outcome of that game will have a direct impact on who takes which spot.

Gamba Osaka and Urawa Red Diamonds have secured a spot in the 2015 AFC Champions League Group Stage. Gamba, as J-League Champions will take that spot, while Urawa will either end up as Japan 2* or Japan 3* depending on the outcome of the Cup final. Kashima Antlers, who finished third in the J-League, have secured at least a Qualifier berth, while fourth placed side Kashiwa Reysol will be relying on Gamba winning the Cup to make it into Asia. Kashiwa can only gain the Qualifier spot. The final side in the equation is J.2 side Montedio Yamagata, who must beat Gamba in the Emperor’s Cup final to be in the Champions League. If they do win that game, they will automatically progress to the Group Stage, knocking Kashima Antlers into the Qualification spot and Kashiwa out of the equation.

IF Gamba Osaka wins the 2014 Emperors Cup:
– Gamba Osaka will qualify as the J-League and Emperors Cup  Champions and enter the competition at the group stage.

– Urawa Red Diamonds will qualify in Japan 2*, as the J-League runner up and enter the competition at the group stage.

– Kashima Antlers will qualify in Japan 3*, as the J-League 3rd placed side and enter the competition at the group stage.

– Kashiwa Reysol will qualify in Japan 4*, as the J-League 4th placed side and enter the competition at East Asian Qualifying Round 3.

IF Montedio Yamagata wins the 2014 Emperors Cup:

– Gamba Osaka will qualify as the J-League Champions, and enter the competition at the group stage.

– Montedio Yamagata will qualify in Japan 2*, as the Emperors Cup winner and enter the competition at the group stage.

– Urawa Red Diamonds will qualify in Japan 3*, as the J-League runner up and enter the competition at the group stage.

– Kashima Antlers will qualify in Japan 4*, as the J-League 3rd placed side and enter the competition at the East Asian Qualifying Round 3.

Hopefully that explains the situation in Japan. There will be plenty of reaction this evening after the draw has concluded.

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