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.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.
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 can see this whole ACL being canned.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)
AFC calls for emergency meetings with National and Club representatives | Football | News | AFC Champions League 2020Kuala 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.www.the-afc.com
Just when we are about to peak and win the whole thing tooI 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.