Thursday, December 01, 2005

Draws for AFC's 2006 Champions League and Cup

The draw for the 2006 AFC Champions League, the fourth edition of the tournament, was conducted by the Asian Football Confederation's Deputy General Secretary, Dato Paul Mony Samuel at AFC House. Twenty-eight teams from 14 countries found out their groups and opponents, with current champions, Al Ittihad of Saudi Arabia, joining the group winners at the quarterfinal stage.

The teams are separated in the group stage into seven groups of four on a regional basis – four from West and Central and South Asia and three from ASEAN and East Asia. Clubs from the same country were kept apart in the draw and play one another on a home-and-away basis. The first Match Day is on 8 March 2006.

Group A: Pakhtakor (UZB), Al Qadisiya (KUW), Foolad (IRN), Al Ittihad (SYR); Group B: Al Ain (UAE), Mashal (UZB), Al Minaa (IRQ), Al Hilal (KSA); Group C: Al Wahda (UAE), Al Gharafa (QAT), Al Kahrama (SYR), Saba Battery (IRN); and Group D: Al Sadd (QAT), Al Arabi (KUW), Al Quwa Al Jawiya (IRQ), Al Shabab (KSA).

Group E: KFA Cup Winners (KOR), Dalian Shide (CHN), J.League 2005 Champions (JPN), Da Nang (VIE); Group F: K-League 2005 Champions (KOR), Arema Malang (IDN), Tobacco Monopoly (THA), Tokyo Verdy (JPN); and Group G: Persipura Jayapura (INA), Shanghai Shenhua (CHN), Prov. Electrical Authority (THA), Dong Tam Long An (VIE).

The draw for the 2006 AFC Cup, the club competition for 'developing' football associations, was also held at AFC House. Teams are seperated into the group stage into six groups of four on a regional basis - four from West and Central and South Asia and two from ASEAN and East Asia. Clubs from the same country were kept apart in the draw and play one another on a home-and-away basis.

Group A: Muharraq (BHR), Al Ahed (LIB), Mahindra United (IND), Brothers Union (BAN); Group B: Al Nasr (OMA), Al Helal (YEM), FC MERW (TKM), Dempo SC (IND); Group C: Al Wihdat (JOR), Dhofar (OMA), LC (BAN); and Group D: Al Nijmeh (LIB), Al Faisaly (JOR), FC MTTU (TKM).

Group E: New Radiant (MDV), Perlis (MAS), Home United FC (SIN), Sun Hei (HKG); and Group F: Selangor (MAS), Hurriya SC (MDV), Happy Valley AA (HKG), Tampines Rovers (SIN).

See also: Asian continental tournament developments (2 Nov)

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