Iranian teams drawn in tough ACL groups

December 8, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR - The four Iranian football teams were all given difficult assignments on Monday for the 2010 ACL competition.

The 2010 AFC Champions League draw was held at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur.
Champion Iran has been drawn in Group A along with Al Ahli of Saudi Arabia, Qatar’s Al Gharafa and Al Jazira of the UAE.
Zob Ahan of Isfahan was thrown into what could be West Asia’s Group of Death – Group B- with Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad, the former two-time champions and 2009 runners-up, big-spending Bunyodkor of Uzbekistan, and the West play-off winners.
Sepahan of Isfahan is in Group C which is one of the toughest of the competition, with inaugural ACL winners Al Ain of United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia’s Al Shabab and Uzbek giants Pakhtakor.
Mes of Kerman has been drawn along with the UAE’s Al Ahli, Qataris Al Sadd and Saudi runners-up Al Hilal in Group D.
THE GROUPINGS
West
Group A Al Ahli (KSA), Al Gharafa (QAT), Al Jazira (UAE), Esteghlal (IRN)
Group B Zob Ahan (IRN), Al Ittihad (KSA), Bunyodkor (UZB), Play-off Winner (West)
Group C Al Ain (UAE), Sepahan (IRN), Al Shabab (KSA), Pakhtakor (UZB)
Group D Al Sadd (QAT), Al Ahli (UAE), Mes (IRN), Al Hilal (KSA)
East
Group E Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (KOR), Melbourne Victory (AUS), Beijing Guoan (CHN), Kawasaki Frontale (JPN)
Group F Kashima Antlers (JPN), Jeonbuk Motors (KOR), Persipura Jayapura (IDN), Changchun Yatai (CHN)
Group G Henan Jianye (CHN), Gamba Osaka (JPN), Suwon Bluewings (KOR), Play-off East winners
Group H Adelaide United (AUS), Shandong Luneng (CHN), Cup winners (JPN), Pohang Steelers (KOR)
Play-off draw
West SF1 - Al Karamah (SYR) v Al Wahda (UAE) SF2 - Churchill Brothers (IND) bye into play-off final Final - Winner (Al Karamah v Al Wahda) v Churchill Brothers West winner goes to ACL. The two losers go to AFC Cup.
East SF1 - Armed Forces (SIN) v Sriwijaya (IDN) SF2 - Da Nang (VIE) v Muangthong (THA) Final - Winner SF1 v Winner SF2 East winner goes to ACL. The three losers go to AFC C