2021 AFC Champions League

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  1. dinamo_zagreb

    dinamo_zagreb Member+

    Jun 27, 2010
    San Jose, CA / Zagreb, Croatia
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    Croatia
    New continental season will see a new Champions League format. 40 teams will now feature in the competition proper with 10 groups of four teams each. Top team from each group and six best second placed teams (three in each zone) will qualify to the second round.

    For the first time ever, group stage will feature teams from Jordan, India, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan (West) and Philippines (East). Singapore representative returns after a long wait.

    Competition will start with two preliminary rounds, same as before, single-leg knock-out format. Pairings are already known, with Esteghlal - Al-Ain being the most interesting.

    If all goes well, preliminary rounds will be play in March and April with group stage play set to start in April. Final is scheduled for 21/27 November 2021.
     
  2. dinamo_zagreb

    dinamo_zagreb Member+

    Jun 27, 2010
    San Jose, CA / Zagreb, Croatia
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    Croatia
    Group stage draw was made in Kuala Lumpur.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_AFC_Champions_League_group_stage

    Groups will be played in centralised venues, but in double round-robin basis. All will be played in one window - West zone will play 14 - 30 April, East will play 21 April - 7 May. Hosts will be known at a later day. It makes me wonder why they did not went with eight single round-robin 5-team groups as this (centralised groups) is hopefully one-off.

    Second round and quarterfinal will be played over as a single legs, semifinal and final over two legs.
     
  3. Angsa

    Angsa Member

    Aug 26, 2008
    Hong Kong
    Club:
    Everton FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Argentina
  4. dinamo_zagreb

    dinamo_zagreb Member+

    Jun 27, 2010
    San Jose, CA / Zagreb, Croatia
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    Croatia
    Chinese champion Jiangsu just folded. :eek:

    Shanghai Port replaced Shandong in playoff, now they will enter the group stage. Seems like there will be no Chinese team in playoff so I assume winner of preliminary match Brisbane - Kaya will qualify to group stage.

    Turkmenistani representative have also withdrawn from the competition.
     
  5. gold4278

    gold4278 Member

    Feb 21, 2007
    Houston
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I am seeing rumor that Shanghai Port will remain in playoff and that Pohang and Ratchaburi will enter Group Stage directly
     
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  6. dinamo_zagreb

    dinamo_zagreb Member+

    Jun 27, 2010
    San Jose, CA / Zagreb, Croatia
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    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    Croatia
    It all starts today with West zone Playoff round. Three games today, one on Saturday.

    Group stage starts next week with groups played in UAE, Saudi Arabia, and India.

    East zone matches will be played in June and July.
     
  7. Iranian Monitor

    Iranian Monitor Member+

    Aug 18, 2004
    Tehran Iran
    The group games in the western division have concluded and 3 teams from Iran (Persepolis, Esteghlal, and Tractor) along with two Saudi clubs (Al Nasr and Al Hilal), two from the UAE (Sharjah and Al Wahda), as well as a Tajik club (Istiklal) (which made history by being the first club from Tajikstan to make it this far) advancing to the R16,

    The R16 match ups will be several months from now pitting Persepolis (IR) against Istiklal (TAJ), Esteghlal (IR) v. Al Hilal (KSA), Tractor (IR) v Al Nasr (KSA), and the two UAE clubs against one another.
     
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  8. dinamo_zagreb

    dinamo_zagreb Member+

    Jun 27, 2010
    San Jose, CA / Zagreb, Croatia
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    Croatia
    Great group stage, loving this Istiklol team and what they achieved.
     

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