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[10 Mar 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

By John Duerden – Goal.com
The Asian Champions League started in 2003 and the tally stands at 3-3 between West and East Asia.
That doesn’t quite tell the whole story as UAE and Saudi Arabian clubs won the first three editions only for the trophy to spend the last three years residing in South Korea and Japan. No clubs from the West made the last four in 2008…
The momentum certainly seems to be in the east and the challenge from Japan, South Korea and China is going to be strong.
West Asian clubs …

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[9 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]

By John Duerden – Goal.com
In recent years, the Asian Champions League has belonged to East Asia.
In fact, if you take the early success of Israel out of the equation, which that nation did by leaving the AFC in 1974, then Japan and South Korea alone have lifted a cool 50% of the total trophies on offer.
That trophy is now a round and slightly strange object but it is becoming more prized by the year. Not only is it a key to FIFA’s Club World Cup, it now brings the much-improved …