List of Asian Club Championship and AFC Champions League finals

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List of Asian Club Championship and AFC Champions League finals
Founded1967
2002 (current format)
RegionAsia (AFC)
Number of teams32 (group stage)
2 (finalists)
Current championsSouth Korea Ulsan Hyundai
(2nd title)
Most successful club(s)Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
South Korea Pohang Steelers
(3 titles each)
2020 AFC Champions League

The AFC Champions League is a seasonal association football competition that was established in 1967. It begins in January or February and ends with the finals in October or November of the same year. The AFC Champions League is open to the league champions and cup winners of Asian Football Confederation member associations, as well as to the clubs finishing in second and third position in the stronger leagues of each zone. Prior to the 2002–03 season, the tournament was named the Asian Club Championship.[1] Originally, only the champions of their respective national league and the defending champion of the competition were allowed to participate. However, this was changed in 2002 to allow the national cup winners to compete as well.

Al-Hilal and Pohang Steelers hold the record for the most victories, with three wins each since the competition's inception. Pohang Steelers have also won the competition the most times consecutively along with Thai Farmers Bank, Suwon Samsung Bluewings and Al-Ittihad, winning it two times. Al-Hilal has contested the most finals, seven, winning three and losing four, while Al-Ahli, FC Seoul, and Persepolis are the only three clubs to reach the finals more than once without winning. Overall, 24 clubs have won the competition since its inception in 1967. Clubs from South Korea have won the most titles with 12. Japanese clubs are second with seven, and Saudi Arabian clubs are third with five wins. The current champions are Ulsan Hyundai, who beat Persepolis 2–1 in the 2020 final.

List of finals[edit]

Key
# Finals not played
double-dagger Ties decided on away goals
dagger Matches won after extra time
* Matches decided on penalties
  • The "Year" column refers to the season the competition was held, and wikilinks to the article about that season.
  • Official season orthography of Asian Club Championship is reset. Both one-year and two-year seasons listed separately.[2]
  • Finals are listed in the order they were played.
Asian Champion Club Tournament era (1967–1972)
Year Winners Score Runners-up Venue Attendance
1967 Hapoel Tel Aviv Israel 2–1 Malaysia Selangor Supachalasai National Stadium, Bangkok
1969 Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel 1–0dagger South Korea Yangzee FC Supachalasai National Stadium, Bangkok
1970 Taj Tehran Iran 2–1 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv Amjadieh Stadium, Tehran
1971 Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel w/o[A]# Iraq Al-Shorta Supachalasai National Stadium, Bangkok
1972
Cancelled
Asian Club Championship era (1985–2002)
1985–86 Daewoo Royals South Korea 3–1dagger Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium, Jeddah
1986 Furukawa Electric Japan RR[B] Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal N/A
Year Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
1987 Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia w/o Japan Yomiuri FC Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, Riyadh N/A
Yomiuri FC Japan w/o Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal Ajinomoto Field Nishigaoka, Tokyo N/A
Yomiuri FC won the title.[C]#
1988–89 Al-Rasheed Iraq 3–2 Qatar Al-Sadd Al-Shaab Stadium, Baghdad 10,000
Al-Sadd Qatar 1–0 Iraq Al-Rasheed Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha 5,000
Al-Sadd won 3–3 on away goals.double-dagger
1989–90 Nissan Yokohama FC Japan 1–2 China Liaoning Mitsuzawa Stadium, Yokohama
Liaoning China 1–1 Japan Nissan Yokohama FC Tiexi New District Sports Center, Shenyang
Liaoning won 3–2 on aggregate.
Year Winners Score Runners-up Venue Attendance
1990–91 Esteghlal Iran 2–1 China Liaoning Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka
1991 Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia 1–1*[D] Iran Esteghlal Khalifa International Stadium, Doha
1992–93 PAS Tehran Iran 1–0 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab Al Ahli Stadium, Manama
1993–94 Thai Farmers Bank Thailand 2–1 Oman Oman Club Supachalasai National Stadium, Bangkok
1994–95 Thai Farmers Bank Thailand 1–0 Qatar Al-Arabi Supachalasai National Stadium, Bangkok
1995 Ilhwa Chunma South Korea 1–0dagger Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr King Fahd Stadium, Riyadh
1996–97 Pohang Steelers South Korea 2–1dagger South Korea Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur
1997–98 Pohang Steelers South Korea 0–0*[E] China Dalian Wanda Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
1998–99 Júbilo Iwata Japan 2–1 Iran Esteghlal Azadi Stadium, Tehran 121,000[3]
1999–2000 Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia 3–2dagger Japan Júbilo Iwata King Fahd Stadium, Riyadh 40,000
2000–01 Suwon Samsung Bluewings South Korea 1–0 Japan Júbilo Iwata Suwon World Cup Stadium, Suwon
2001–02 Suwon Samsung Bluewings South Korea 0–0*[F] South Korea Anyang LG Cheetahs Azadi Stadium, Tehran
AFC Champions League era (2002–present)
Year Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2002–03 Al-Ain United Arab Emirates 2–0 Thailand BEC Tero Sasana Tahnoun Bin Mohamed Stadium, Al Ain
BEC Tero Sasana Thailand 1–0 United Arab Emirates Al-Ain Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok
Al-Ain won 2–1 on aggregate.
2004 Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 1–3 South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium, Jeddah
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma South Korea 0–5 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad Seongnam Stadium, Seongnam
Al-Ittihad won 6–3 on aggregate.
2005 Al-Ain United Arab Emirates 1–1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad Tahnoun Bin Mohamed Stadium, Al Ain
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabia 4–2 United Arab Emirates Al-Ain Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium, Jeddah
Al-Ittihad won 5–3 on aggregate.
2006 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors South Korea 2–0 Syria Al-Karamah Jeonju World Cup Stadium, Jeonju 25,830
Al-Karamah Syria 2–1 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Khaled bin Walid Stadium, Homs 40,000
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors won 3–2 on aggregate.
2007 Sepahan Iran 1–1 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds Foolad Shahr Stadium, Fuladshahr 30,000
Urawa Red Diamonds Japan 2–0 Iran Sepahan Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama 59,034
Urawa Red Diamonds won 3–1 on aggregate.
2008 Gamba Osaka Japan 3–0 Australia Adelaide United Osaka Expo '70 Stadium, Suita, Osaka 20,639
Adelaide United Australia 0–2 Japan Gamba Osaka Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide 17,000
Gamba Osaka won 5–0 on aggregate.
Year Winners Score Runners-up Venue Attendance
2009 Pohang Steelers South Korea 2–1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad National Stadium, Tokyo 25,743
2010 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma South Korea 3–1 Iran Zob Ahan National Stadium, Tokyo 27,308
2011 Al-Sadd Qatar 2–2*[G] South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Jeonju World Cup Stadium, Jeonju 41,805
2012 Ulsan Hyundai South Korea 3–0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium, Ulsan 42,153
Year Home team Score Away team Venue Attendance
2013 FC Seoul South Korea 2–2 China Guangzhou Evergrande Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul 55,501
Guangzhou Evergrande China 1–1 South Korea FC Seoul Tianhe Stadium, Guangzhou 55,847
3–3 on aggregate, Guangzhou Evergrande won on away goals.double-dagger
2014 Western Sydney Wanderers Australia 1–0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal Parramatta Stadium, Sydney 20,053
Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia 0–0 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh 66,225
Western Sydney Wanderers won 1–0 on aggregate.
2015 Al-Ahli United Arab Emirates 0–0 China Guangzhou Evergrande Al-Rashid Stadium, Dubai 9,480
Guangzhou Evergrande China 1–0 United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli Tianhe Stadium, Guangzhou 42,499
Guangzhou Evergrande won 1–0 on aggregate.
2016 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors South Korea 2–1 United Arab Emirates Al-Ain Jeonju World Cup Stadium, Jeonju 36,158
Al-Ain United Arab Emirates 1–1 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain 23,239
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors won 3–2 on aggregate.
2017 Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia 1–1 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh 59,136
Urawa Red Diamonds Japan 1–0 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama 57,727
Urawa Red Diamonds won 2–1 on aggregate.
2018 Kashima Antlers Japan 2–0 Iran Persepolis Kashima Soccer Stadium, Kashima 35,022
Persepolis Iran 0–0 Japan Kashima Antlers Azadi Stadium, Tehran 100,000
Kashima Antlers won 2–0 on aggregate.
2019 Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia 1–0 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds King Saud University Stadium, Riyadh 22,549
Urawa Red Diamonds Japan 0–2 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama 58,109
Al-Hilal won 3–0 on aggregate.
Year Winners Score Runners-up Venue Attendance
2020 Ulsan Hyundai South Korea 2–1 Iran Persepolis Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah 8,517

Performances[edit]

By club[edit]

Performances in the Asian Club Championship and AFC Champions League by club
Club Titles Runners-up Seasons won Seasons runner-up
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 3 4 1991, 1999–2000, 2019 1986, 1987, 2014, 2017
South Korea Pohang Steelers 3 0 1996–97, 1997–98, 2009
Iran Esteghlal 2 2 1970, 1990–91 1991, 1998–99
South Korea Seongnam FC 2 2 1995, 2010 1996–97, 2004
Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 2 1 2004, 2005 2009
South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2 1 2006, 2016 2011
Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 2 1 2007, 2017 2019
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv1 2 0 1969, 1971
Qatar Al-Sadd 2 0 1988–89, 2011
Thailand Thai Farmers Bank 2 0 1993–94, 1994–95
South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2 0 2000–01, 2001–02
South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 2 0 2012, 2020
China Guangzhou 2 0 2013, 2015
Japan Júbilo Iwata 1 2 1998–99 1999–2000, 2000–01
United Arab Emirates Al-Ain 1 2 2002–03 2005, 2016
Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv1 1 1 1967 1970
China Liaoning 1 1 1989–90 1990–91
South Korea Busan IPark 1 0 1985–86
Japan JEF United Chiba 1 0 1986
Japan Tokyo Verdy 1 0 1987
Iran PAS Tehran 1 0 1992–93
Japan Gamba Osaka 1 0 2008
Australia Western Sydney Wanderers 1 0 2014
Japan Kashima Antlers 1 0 2018
Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli 0 2 1985–86, 2012
South Korea FC Seoul 0 2 2001–02, 2013
Iran Persepolis 0 2 2018, 2020
Malaysia Selangor 0 1 1967
South Korea Yangzee 0 1 1969
Iraq Al-Shorta 0 1 1971
Iraq Al-Rasheed 0 1 1988–89
Japan Yokohama F. Marinos 0 1 1989–90
Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab 0 1 1992–93
Oman Oman Club 0 1 1993–94
Qatar Al-Arabi 0 1 1994–95
Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 0 1 1995
China Dalian Shide 0 1 1997–98
Thailand Police Tero 0 1 2002–03
Syria Al-Karamah 0 1 2006
Iran Sepahan 0 1 2007
Australia Adelaide United 0 1 2008
Iran Zob Ahan 0 1 2010
United Arab Emirates Shabab Al-Ahli 0 1 2015

1 In 1974 the Israel FA was expelled from the AFC due to political pressure, and became a full UEFA member in 1994. As a result, Israeli clubs no longer participate in AFC tournaments but in their UEFA counterparts instead.

By nation[edit]

Performances in finals by nation
Nation Titles Runners-up Total
 South Korea 12 6 18
 Japan 7 4 11
 Saudi Arabia 5 9 14
 Iran 3 6 9
 China 3 2 5
 Israel 3 1 4
 Qatar 2 1 3
 Thailand 2 1 3
 United Arab Emirates 1 3 4
 Australia 1 1 2
 Iraq 0 2 2
 Malaysia 0 1 1
 Oman 0 1 1
 Syria 0 1 1

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

A. ^ The final was scratched and Maccabi Tel Aviv were awarded the championship as Al-Shorta refused to play the Israeli side for political reasons.[4]

B. ^ The championship was decided in a final group round-robin of four teams.

C. ^ The final was scratched and Yomiuri FC were awarded the championship as Al-Hilal was unable to participate in the final after eight of the starting players were chosen to be in the Saudi national team's preparation camp, which coincided with the final matches.[5]

D. ^ Score was 1–1 after 90 minutes and extra time. Al-Hilal won the penalty-shootout 4–3.[6]

E. ^ Score was 0–0 after 90 minutes and extra time. Pohang Steelers won the penalty-shootout 6–5.[7]

F. ^ Score was 0–0 after 90 minutes and extra time. Suwon Samsung Bluewings won the penalty-shootout 4–2.[8]

G. ^ Score was 2–2 after 90 minutes and extra time. Al-Sadd won the penalty-shootout 4–2.[9]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "AFC Champions League Official Programme". AFC.com. Archived from the original on 2013-02-27.
  3. ^ "رکورد بیشترین تعداد تماشاگر بازی‌های باشگاهی آسیا همچنان در اختیار استقلال". www.yjc.ir. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  4. ^ "Champions' Cup 1971". rsssf.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 26 December 2000. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  5. ^ "الزعيم تاريخ عريق من الانتصارات الآسيوية". al-jazirah.com (in Arabic). 7 March 2001. Archived from the original on 11 April 2020. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Champions' Cup 1991/92". rsssf.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 2 August 2004. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Champions' Cup 1997/98". rsssf.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 16 October 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Champions' Cup 2001/02". rsssf.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 17 March 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Going the distance: A look back at the 2011 ACL final". the-afc.com. Asian Football Confederation. 3 November 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2016.