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AFC Champions League
AFC Champions League
Founded 1967 (2002 in its current format)
Region Asia
Tournament information
Current champions Flag of the People's Republic of China Guangzhou Evergrande (2nd title)
Number of teams 32 Group Stage
47 Total
Most successful club South Korea Pohang Steelers (3 titles)
Football current event Current
Website Official website

The AFC Champions League, commonly known as the Asian Champions League, is an annual continental club football competition organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Introduced in 2002, the competition replaced the Asian Club Championship which had run since 1985 and which had replaced the Asian Champion Club Tournament (1967-1971) after a 14-year hiatus. It is the premier club tournament in Asia, equivalent to the CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores, and the UEFA, CAF, CONCACAF and OFC Champions League competitions.

A total of 32 clubs compete in the round robin group stage of the competition. Clubs from Asia's strongest national leagues receive automatic berths, with clubs from other nations eligible to qualify via the qualifying playoffs and, in addition, they are also eligible to participate in the AFC Cup. Since 2009, the champions do not qualify automatically for the following year competition. The winner of the AFC Champions League qualifies for the FIFA Club World Cup.

The most successful club in the competition is the Pohang Steelers with a total of three titles. The reigning champions of the competition are the Guangzhou Evergrande.

External links

Template:AFC Champions League seasons Template:AFC Champions League Winners

International club football
Africa

CAFChampions League · Confederation Cup · Super Cup

Asia

AFCChampions League · AFC Cup

Europe

UEFAChampions League · Europa League · Super Cup

North America, Central America and the Caribbean

CONCACAFChampions League

Oceania

OFCChampions League

South America

CONMEBOLCopa Libertadores · Copa Sudamericana · Recopa Sudamericana

FIFA Club World Cup
Seasons

Brazil 2000 · Spain 2001 · Japan 2005 · Japan 2006 · Japan 2007 · Japan 2008 · UAE 2009 · UAE 2010 · Japan 2011 · Japan 2012 · Morocco 2013 · Morocco 2014 · Japan 2015 · Japan 2016 · UAE 2017 · UAE 2018 ·

Finals

2000 · 2001 · 2005 · 2006 · 2007 · 2008 · 2009 · 2010 · 2011 · 2012 · 2013 · 2014 · 2015 · 2016 · 2017 ·

Squads

2000 · 2001 · 2005 · 2006 · 2007 · 2008 · 2009 · 2010 · 2011 · 2012 · 2013 · 2014 · 2015 · 2016 · 2017 ·

Qualification

AFC Champions League · CAF Champions League · CONCACAF Champions League · Copa Libertadores · OFC Champions League · UEFA Champions League

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