2020 AFC Champions League (ACL)

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Aussie_boy

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Kashima Antlers all the way, remember back in 08 swapping scarfes with one of their supporters. So damn friendly, as are all the Japanese fans.
 

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As fun as this may be, it showcases the gulf in class between the comps, especially given these are the two best teams in their respective leagues.
 

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As fun as this may be, it showcases the gulf in class between the comps, especially given these are the two best teams in their respective leagues.
I don't see it that way, yes there is a gulf but Victory defeated Kashima only a couple of weeks ago! and Perth certainly held their own against F.C Tokyo.
I think this is more to do with Yokohama being a class above all even J-League and K-League teams and how good of a manager and tacticion Ange realy is when you give him the resources to produce his style and vision.
 

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Its a good idea to put a J League thread together.

Btw All about Cerezo Osaka ;)
Kashima Antlers all the way, remember back in 08 swapping scarfes with one of their supporters. So damn friendly, as are all the Japanese fans.


I have created a J-League thread on the main soccer board if interested.
 

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AFC calls for emergency meetings with National and Club representatives | Football News | AFC Champions League 2020


Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is to call further emergency meetings with the representatives of MAs and its Leagues from both the East and West regions next week as the AFC continues to manage the worldwide impact of the Covid-19 outbreak.

The meeting of the East Zone representatives will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Monday and the West Zone meeting will follow on March 7 and 8, 2020.

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Dato’ Windsor John, the AFC General Secretary, said: “These are unprecedented and challenging times, but the AFC is working tirelessly to monitor the situation, including the various travel restrictions, while being in constant contact with our Member Associations, Leagues and Clubs.
“We are grateful for the support we have received from all our stakeholders, including our Commercial and Broadcast partners and agencies, as we try to protect the safety and well-being of all our players, officials and spectators while also ensuring the integrity of the competitions.”
The AFC has also been working with FIFA to assess the potential impact on the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers matches scheduled to take place in March.
As a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, the following matches will be postponed to later dates:
AFC Champions League:
Match Day 3
March 2, 2020 (West):

Group A: Al Wahda FSCC (UAE) v Esteghlal FC (IRN);
Group C: Persepolis FC (IRN) v Al Taawoun FC (KSA)
March 3, 2020 (West):
Group B: Shabab Al Ahli Dubai (UAE) v Shahr Khodro FC (IRN);
Group D: Sepahan FC (IRN) v Al Nassr (KSA)
March 3, 2020 (East):
Group E: FC Seoul (KOR) v Chiangrai United (THA)
Match Day 4
April 6, 2020 (West):

Group D: Al Nassr (KSA) v Sepahan FC (IRN)

 

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AFC calls for emergency meetings with National and Club representatives | Football News | AFC Champions League 2020


Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is to call further emergency meetings with the representatives of MAs and its Leagues from both the East and West regions next week as the AFC continues to manage the worldwide impact of the Covid-19 outbreak.

The meeting of the East Zone representatives will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Monday and the West Zone meeting will follow on March 7 and 8, 2020.

See also :

Dato’ Windsor John, the AFC General Secretary, said: “These are unprecedented and challenging times, but the AFC is working tirelessly to monitor the situation, including the various travel restrictions, while being in constant contact with our Member Associations, Leagues and Clubs.
“We are grateful for the support we have received from all our stakeholders, including our Commercial and Broadcast partners and agencies, as we try to protect the safety and well-being of all our players, officials and spectators while also ensuring the integrity of the competitions.”
The AFC has also been working with FIFA to assess the potential impact on the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Asian Qualifiers matches scheduled to take place in March.
As a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, the following matches will be postponed to later dates:
AFC Champions League:
Match Day 3
March 2, 2020 (West):

Group A: Al Wahda FSCC (UAE) v Esteghlal FC (IRN);
Group C: Persepolis FC (IRN) v Al Taawoun FC (KSA)
March 3, 2020 (West):
Group B: Shabab Al Ahli Dubai (UAE) v Shahr Khodro FC (IRN);
Group D: Sepahan FC (IRN) v Al Nassr (KSA)
March 3, 2020 (East):
Group E: FC Seoul (KOR) v Chiangrai United (THA)
Match Day 4
April 6, 2020 (West):

Group D: Al Nassr (KSA) v Sepahan FC (IRN)

I can see this whole ACL being canned.

While I think the fear around COVID-19 probably outweighs the risk a little bit, there are too many key countries across Asia that have been affected by it.

I just don't see a way to get this back on track and have the tournament meeting the timeframes that it needs to, especially when countries like Japan and Australia are being so cautious.
 

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Kuala Lumpur: Representatives of the East Zone Member Associations (MA) with competing teams in the AFC Champions League 2020 have agreed to extend the dates of the knock-out rounds to allow for more time to complete the disrupted Group Stage fixtures.
Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, it was agreed that Group matches scheduled for March and April which cannot be played, will be moved to May 19-20 - Match Day (MD3), May 26-27 (MD4), June 16-17 (MD5) and June 23-24 (MD6).

Where matches have been agreed between the two clubs, then the matches will go ahead as planned, if agreed by other stakeholders. A full list of fixtures will be confirmed between the MAs and the Clubs by March 16, 2020.

If the current unprecedented situation continues then matches involving teams, other than clubs from Japan, can be played in July and any outstanding matches which have not been staged from Match Day 1 and 2 need to be concluded before August 2020.

That means that the round of 16 matches will be played on August 11/12 and the second leg on August 25/26, 2020. The ACL quarter-finals will be played on September 15/16 with the return legs on September 29/30, 2020.

The semi-finals will then take place on October 20/21 and the return leg on October 27/28, 2020 and the final dates would remain as November 22 (East) and 28 (West), 2020.

Dato’ Windsor John, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) General Secretary, thanked the representatives for their cooperation and said: “These are challenging, and unprecedented times and we are grateful that everyone has come together to try and find a solution which works for everyone.

“As the AFC President, Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has already stated, the AFC will not put anyone at risk during these times of heightened health concerns and so we have taken some sensible decisions to postpone both matches and events.

“The AFC hopes that there is a quick and safe end to this current situation and that we can return to normality where football can play a role in bringing some joy and entertainment to people’s lives. Our support and sympathies are extended to communities affected.”

An emergency meeting will be held with the West Zone representatives at the weekend.

 

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I can see this whole ACL being canned.

While I think the fear around COVID-19 probably outweighs the risk a little bit, there are too many key countries across Asia that have been affected by it.

I just don't see a way to get this back on track and have the tournament meeting the timeframes that it needs to, especially when countries like Japan and Australia are being so cautious.
Just when we are about to peak and win the whole thing too
 

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I’ll be surprised if the ACL continues to go ahead. The World Cup qualifiers from March to June have be postponed, anymore postponement of matches in the ACL and group stage Matches will be played in September!
 
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