BOTN looks at the Australian HAL clubs in the 2013 AFC Champions League Campaigns
Australia now has two A-League teams in the mix!
Australia's entrants in the 2013 AFC Champions League, the 32nd, are Premiers Central Coast Mariners FC direct, and Grand Final winners Brisbane Roar FC through a play-off. New 2012 arrangements giving Australia access a third place in 2012 have been withdrawn ending Perth Glory's hopes in 2013.
Central Coast Mariners FC are in for the third time and have been drawn in Group H with Suwon Bluewings FC of South Korea, with Japan's Emporer's up winner Kashiwa Reysol FC, and China's Guizhou Renhe FC
Brisbane Roar FC in their second appearance but are required to play off with Buriram United FC of Thailand for entry to Group E with FC Seoul, Vegalta Sendai (Japan), and Jiangsu Sainty (China).
Match fixtures: East - Group H
Central Coast Mariners FC: (Central Coast Stadium, Gosford)
Match 1: Wednesday 27 February, 2013 - HOME - 7pm, Central Coast Stadium -
Central Coast Mariners FC 0 - Suwon Bluewings FC 0 (Korea)
Match 2: Wednesday 13 March, 2013 - AWAY - Hitachi Stadium, Kashiwa
Kashiwa Reysol FC 3 - Central Coast Mariners 1
Match 3: Wednesday 3 April, 2013
Central Coast Mariners FC 2 - Guizhou Renhe FC 1
Match 4: Tuesdaysday 9 April, 2013 - AWAY - Guiyang Stadium, Guiyang, Guizhou Province, China
Guizhou Renhe FC 2 - Central Coast Mariners FC 1
Match 5: Tuesday 23 April, 2013 - AWAY in South Korea - Suwon Bluewings FC 0 - Central Coast Mariners FC 1
Match 6: Tuesday 30 April, 2013
Central Coast Mariners FC 0 - Kashiwa Reysol FC 3
Round of 16
Central Coast Mariners FC 1 - Guangzhou Evergrande FC 2 (China) - Wednesday 15 May, 2013 - Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Guangzhou Evergrande FC vs Central Coast Mariners FC - 8pm, Wednesday 22 May, 2013 - Guangzhou Tianhe Sport Center, Guangzhou
Match fixtures: East - Group E
Brisbane Roar FC: (Suncorp Stadum, Brisbane)
Brisbane Roar FC played off with Buriram United FC of Thailand away on Wednesday 13 February, 2013: Buriram United FC 0 - Brisbane Roar FC 0 AET
Buriram went through to the Group stage with 3-0 on penalties.
Match fixtures: Round of 16
By Chris Dunkerley From 1 January, 2013
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[Sydney FC vs Suwong Samsung Bluewings, 2011 - Photo by Nick Guoth]