Champions League Match Schedule released:

Last night Brisbane learned its Champions League Group Stage Fate, where they will play Suwon Bluewings, Urawa Red Diamonds or Montedio Yamagata, and a qualifier. Today we have learned the match schedule, with Brisbane set to open up their 2015 Champions League campaign at home in February to the playoff winner. Here’s the full match schedule.

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As mentioned above, Brisbane will start the campaign at home in on February 25 against the playoff winner, before heading to Japan to face either Urawa or Montedio on March 4. Brisbane then play home –matchday 3- and away –matchday 4- against Suwon Bluewings, before a trip to the playoff winner on Matchday five. On the final matchday of the group stage, Brisbane will host the Japanese side, so Brisbane have the advantage of starting and finishing the group stage with home games.

There is one complication to this however, with Suncorp having a concert booked for February 24th, which makes it difficult to see how they can host the first matchday. Depending on how all of this plays out, Brisbane may be forced to either swap home games with the playoff-winner, or play the game at another venue – probably Robina? As you can see above, venues and times are still TBC.

As things stand however, here’s how the Champions League fixtures fit in around the A-League fixtures:

Matchday one:
Friday February 20: Brisbane Roar vs. Melbourne Victory
Wednesday February 25: Brisbane Roar vs. Playoff Winner 4
Saturday February 28: Perth Glory vs. Brisbane Roar

Matchday two:
Saturday February 28: Perth Glory vs. Brisbane Roar
Wednesday March 4: Japan 2 vs. Brisbane Roar
Sunday March 8: Brisbane Roar vs. Western Sydney Wanderers

Matchday three:
Sunday March 15: Sydney FC vs. Brisbane Roar
Tuesday March 17: Brisbane Roar vs. Suwon Bluewings
Sunday March 22: Brisbane Roar vs. Wellington Phoenix

Matchday four:
Thursday April 2: Brisbane Roar vs. Central Coast Mariners
Wednesday April 8: Suwon Bluewings vs. Brisbane Roar
Saturday April 11: Adelaide United vs. Brisbane Roar

Matchday five:
Saturday April 18: Brisbane Roar vs. Melbourne Victory
Wednesday April 22: Playoff Winner 4 vs. Brisbane Roar
Friday April 24: Brisbane Roar vs. Newcastle Jets

Matchday Six:
Elimination Final: May 1 or May 3
Tuesday May 5: Brisbane Roar vs. Japan 2
Semi Finals: May 8 or May 10.

There are a couple of fixtures here that are incredibly close together here, the first of which occurs on Matchday three. FFA have already moved the Sydney vs. Brisbane game from the Saturday to the Sunday, and now I have to think it’s going to be moved again as it would give Brisbane just 48 hours to prepare for the Suwon game in Brisbane. At least in this case both games are in Australia.

On Matchday five however Brisbane currently face the prospect of an away game – likely to be in either China or Thailand- on a Wednesday evening, then having to get back to Brisbane for a game on the Friday night. Nothing is confirmed as yet but I have to think that the Newcastle will be moved, probably to the Sunday afternoon. Time will tell on that one however.

The Matchday six clashes could also be tough, but at least that’s a home game in the Champions League, and if we do make finals –and that’s no guarantee right now- the FFA have in the past allocated and moved finals fixtures to give more time to prepare for teams playing in Asia. Worry about that one in a couple months if we qualify for the finals.

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