BOTN looks at the Australian HAL clubs 2012 AFC Champions League Campaigns
Australia now has three A-League teams in the mix!
Australia's entrants in the 2012 AFC Champions League, are Premiers Brisbane Roar FC, second placed Central Coast Mariners FC. New arrangements giving Australia access a third place through a draw and HAL third placed Adelaide City FC, a veteran of the competition, now join them.
The draw took place on Tuesday 6 December, 2011. Adelaide gained Australia new 1/2 spot, but drew a bye in the play-off and thereby direct entry to the group round however after a court case the Reds played the Indonesion champions Persipura Jayapura from near the border with Papua New Guinea. They won 3-0.
Brisbane Roar FC in their first appearance are placed in Group F with Beijing Guaon of China, Ulsan Hyundai of South Korea, and also from the Japan the winner of the Emperor's Cup.
Central Coast Mariners FC are in for the second time and have been drawn in Group G with Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma of South Korea, with Japan's Nagoya Grampus , and China's Tianjin Teda
Adelaide United FC have been drawn in Group E with old rivals Gamba Osaka (Japan), Bunyodkor PFK (Uzbekistan)
and the Thai FA Cup champions.
Match fixtures: East - Group E
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide - Thursday 16 February, 2012
Adelaide United FC 3 - Persipura Jayapura FC 0
Adelaide United FC: (Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide)
Match 1: Tues 6 March, 2012 - AWAY (Uzebkistan) - Bunyodkor PFK 1 (Murzoev 90+) - Adelaide United FC 2 (Nigel Boogard 13', Antony Golec 54')
Match 2: Tues 20 March - HOME - Adelaide United FC 2 (Daniel Mullen 17', 24') - Gamba Osaka FC 0
Match 3: Tues 3 April - AWAY - Pohang Steelers FC 1 (Dae Ho) - Adelaide United FC 0
Match 4: 17 April - HOME - Adelaide United FC 1 (Bruce Djite 89') - Pohang Steelers FC 0
Match 5: Wed 2 May - HOME - Adelaide United FC 0 - Bunyodkor PFK 0 - Hindmarsh Stadium Gamba Osaka FC
Match 6: Wed 16 May - AWAY - Gamba Osaka FC 0 - Adelaide United FC 2
Match fixtures: East - Group F
Brisbane Roar FC: (Suncorp Stadum, Brisbane)
Match 1: Tues 6 March, 2012 - HOME - Brisbane Roar FC 0 - Tokyo FC 2 (Yazawa 46', Hasegawa 55') Crowd: 12,307
Match 2: Tues 20 March - AWAY - Beijing Guaon FC 1 - Brisbane Roar FC 1
Match 3: Wed 4 April - AWAY - Ulsan Hyundai FC 1 - Brisbane Roar FC 1 (Nick Fitzgerald 36')
Match 4: Tues 17 April - HOME - Brisbane Roar FC 1 (Shane Stefanutto 25') - Ulsan Hyundai FC 2 (Juan Velez 11’, Kwak Tae-Hwi 73'(pen)
Match 5: Wed 2 May - AWAY - Tokyo FC 4 - Brisbane Roar FC 2 - at FC Tokyo
Match 6: Wed 15 May - HOME - Brisbane Roar FC 1 (Besart Berisha) - Beijing Guaon FC 1 - Brisbane Stadium
Match fixtures: East - Group G
Central Coast Mariners FC: (Bluetounge Stadium, Gosford)
Match 1: Wed 7 March, 2012 - AWAY - Tiajin Teda FC 0 - Central Coast Mariners FC 0 (Tianjin Teda Football Stadium, Tianjin, China)
Match 2: Wed 21 March - HOME - Central Coast Mariners FC 1 - Nagoya Grampus FC 1
Match 3: Tues 3 April - HOME - Central Coast Mariners FC 1 (Adam Kwasnik 50') - Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma FC 1 (Everton 57')
Match 4: Tues 17 April - AWAY - Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma FC 5 - Central Coast Mariners FC 0 (Tancheon Sports Complex, Seongnam, South Korea)
Match 5: Tues 1 May - HOME - Central Coast Mariners FC 5 - Tiajin Teda FC 1 (Central Coast Stadium)
Match 6: Tues 15 May - AWAY - Nagoya Grampus FC 3 - Central Coast Mariners FC 0 (at Mizuho Athletic Stadium, Nagoya, Japan)
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma FC and Nagoya Grampus FC progress from the Group. Mariners were third and Tianjin fourth.
Match fixtures: Round of 16
Tues 29 May - HOME - Adelaide United FC 1 (Jon McKain 42') - Nagoya Grampus Eight FC 0
Adelaide United progress to the Quarter Finals in September, 2012
Fans of Australia's participation in the AFC Champions League may wish to look at the last AFC report:
General Assessment Report
By Chris Dunkerley From 7 December, 2011
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