2002–03 AFC Champions League

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2002–03 AFC Champions League
Tournament details
Dates13 August – 27 November 2002
(Qualifying rounds)
9 March – 11 October 2003
(Group & Final stages)
Teams16 (Group stage)
Final positions
ChampionsUnited Arab Emirates Al-Ain (1st title)
Runners-upThailand BEC Tero Sasana
Tournament statistics
Matches played30
Goals scored104 (3.47 per match)
Top scorer(s)China Hao Haidong
(9 goals)
Best player(s)Thailand Therdsak Chaiman
2001–02 (Asian Club Championship)
2004

The 2002–03 AFC Champions League was the twenty-second edition of Asia's premier football competition organised by the Asian Football Confederation, and the first edition under the AFC Champions League title.

Sixteen teams competed in this edition as they went through qualifying before going into four groups of four with only the winner of the group qualifying to the knockout-stage which went to two-legs instead of the single leg that the previous year competition had. In the final it was Al-Ain of the United Arab Emirates beating BEC Tero Sasana of Thailand 2–1 on aggregate.

Qualification[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Thailand BEC Tero Sasana 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 7
South Korea Daejeon Citizen 3 2 0 1 3 3 0 6
China Shanghai Shenhua 3 1 0 2 6 7 −1 3
Japan Kashima Antlers 3 0 1 2 5 7 −2 1

Kashima Antlers Japan2–2Thailand BEC Tero Sasana
Hirase Goal 21'
Fernando Goal 77'
(Report)[permanent dead link] Yongant Goal 76'90'
Attendance: 10,000

Kashima Antlers Japan3–4China Shanghai Shenhua
Aoki Goal 24'
Fernando Goal 56'
Nozawa Goal 90'
(Report)[permanent dead link] Yang Guang Goal 1'
Zhang Yuning Goal 11'
Martínez Goal 31'87'
Attendance: 6,000



Daejeon Citizen South Korea1–0Japan Kashima Antlers
Papa Oumar Goal 87' (Report)
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Masoud Moradi

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
China Dalian Shide 3 2 1 0 10 2 +8 7
South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 3 2 0 1 9 4 +5 6
Japan Shimizu S-Pulse 3 1 1 1 8 2 +6 4
Thailand Osotsapa FC 3 0 0 3 1 20 −19 0
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma South Korea6–0Thailand Osotsapa FC
Park Nam-yeol Goal 22'
Kim Dae-eui Goal 31'
Kim Do-hoon Goal 37'61'83'
Drakulić Goal 53'
(Report)[permanent dead link]
Attendance: 20,000



Osotsapa FC Thailand1–7China Dalian Shide
Jankam Goal 13' (Report)[permanent dead link] Hao Haidong Goal 27'32'49'61'
Yan Song Goal 60'
Zou Jie Goal 80'
Dong Fangzhu Goal 82'


Group C[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 3 3 0 0 6 1 +5 9
Qatar Al Sadd 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
Iran Esteghlal 3 1 0 2 5 7 −2 3
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 3 1 0 2 4 6 −2 3

Al-Ain United Arab Emirates1–0Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Harib Goal 12' (pen.) (Report)

Al-Ain United Arab Emirates2–0Qatar Al Sadd
Traoré Goal 24'
Sanogo Goal 89'
(Report)[permanent dead link]
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Lu Jun

Esteghlal Iran2–3Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
Khatibi Goal 18'
Samereh Goal 42'
(Report)[permanent dead link] Suffo Goal 34'74'85'

Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia1–3Qatar Al Sadd
Jumaan Goal 57' (Report)[permanent dead link] Keita Goal 45'
Sergio Ricardo Goal 80'
Kamil Goal 90'

Esteghlal Iran1–3United Arab Emirates Al-Ain
Samereh Goal 67' (Report)[permanent dead link] Faisal Ali Goal 65'
Sanogo Goal 76'
Harib Goal 78'
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Lu Jun

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 3 3 0 0 7 0 +7 9
Iran Persepolis 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6
Iraq Al-Talaba 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 3
Turkmenistan Nisa Asgabat 3 0 0 3 1 10 −9 0

Al-Talaba Iraq0–1Iran Persepolis
(Report) Golmohammadi Goal 62'
Attendance: 5,000

Al-Talaba Iraq3–0Turkmenistan Nisa Asgabat
Abdulsada Goal 10'
Mahmoud Goal 24'90'
(Report)
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Bae Jae-yong

Pakhtakor Uzbekistan1–0Iran Persepolis
Soliev Goal 22' (Report)[permanent dead link]
Attendance: 45,000

Persepolis Iran4–1Turkmenistan Nisa Asgabat
Khanmohammadi Goal 14'76'
Golmohammadi Goal 47'
Aslanian Goal 90'
(Report)[permanent dead link] Meredov Goal 89' (pen.)

Pakhtakor Uzbekistan3–0Iraq Al-Talaba
Krokhmal Goal 25'57'
Goçgulyýew Goal 37'
(Report)[permanent dead link]
Attendance: 55,000

Knock-out stage[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  Semi-finals Final
                         
United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 4 3 7  
China Dalian Shide 2 4 6  
    United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 2 0 2
  Thailand BEC Tero Sasana 0 1 1
Thailand BEC Tero Sasana 3 0 3
Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 1 1 2  

Semi-finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
BEC Tero Sasana Thailand 3–2 Uzbekistan Pakhtakor 3–1 0–1
Al-Ain United Arab Emirates 7–6 China Dalian Shide 4–2 3–4

First leg[edit]


Al-Ain United Arab Emirates4–2China Dalian Shide
Sanogo Goal 62' (pen.) Goal 83'
Omar Goal 64'
Yaslam Goal 75'
(Report)[permanent dead link] Hao Haidong Goal 17'
Li Yao Goal 88'

Second leg[edit]

BEC Tero Sasana won 3–2 on aggregate.


Dalian Shide China4–3United Arab Emirates Al-Ain
Wang Peng Goal 27'
Janković Goal 77'
Hao Haidong Goal 81'84'
(Report) Rodrigo Fabiano Goal 46'
Omar Goal 65'
Majidi Goal 87'
Attendance: 46,000

Al-Ain won 7–6 on aggregate.

Final[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Al-Ain United Arab Emirates 2–1 Thailand BEC Tero Sasana 2–0 0–1

First leg[edit]

Second leg[edit]

Al-Ain won 2–1 on aggregate.

Top scorers[edit]

9
4
3

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Matches was postponed from 22 April 2003 to 30 August 2003 due to SARS outbreak in China.

External links[edit]