2004 AFC Champions League
- From now on the 14 most developed federations of Asia were only allowed to take part, the remaining teams played either the AFC Cup AFC President's Cup or the
- The qualification phase was abolished, instead the 28 league and cup winners of the individual associations play directly into the group stage
- The defending champions Al Ain was automatically qualified for the knockout stages.
Bye: United Arab Emirates Al Ain Club
After the quarter-finals, the teams from the Emirates were now suddenly disappeared from the competition and only the Saudi giants Al -Ittihad took the Arab world against an alleged Korean superiority. Pakhtakor of Tashkent moved again as underdogs the semi-finals.
Al -Ittihad destroyed in the 88th minute of the semi-final game against Chonbuk (which was gone in the meantime by the former German international Paulo Rink 2-1 lead ) all dreams of a pure Korean finals. Thus met in the playoffs on 24 November and 1 December 2004 ( in Jeddah and Seongnam ) two clubs to one another that already had both each have a Asia Cup in their display case:
Surprisingly, succeeded Al -Ittihad offset the unfavorable home defeat in the first leg and to keep the trophy in Arabia.
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