2008 AFC Champions League

The AFC Champions League 2008 was the 27th edition of the continental competition, the highest in Asia, which was held for the sixth time under its present name.

  • 2.1 Group Stage
  • 2.2 Final Round
  • 4.1 Group A
  • 4.2 Group B
  • 4.3 Group C
  • 4.4 Group D
  • 4.5 Group E
  • 4.6 Group F
  • 4.7 Group G
  • 5.1 quarterfinals 5.1.1 First leg
  • 5.1.2 Rückspiele
  • 5.2.1 First leg
  • 5.2.2 Rückspiele
  • 5.3.1 First leg
  • 5.3.2 Rückspiele

Participating teams

In addition to the defending champions Urawa Red Diamonds (Japan) took 28 more teams from 14 countries participated in this competition. Indonesia were originally two places, because the association had problems to finish his competitions in time, another place in Thailand and Vietnam were ever awarded.

West Asia

East Asia

Central Asia

Southeast Asia


Group stage

In the group stage, 28 teams played in seven groups of four teams in the league mode (outward and return ). The teams were divided along geographical lines. In groups A to D, the teams from West and Central Asia played in groups E to G took the teams from East and Southeast Asia. Side Urawa Red Diamonds, the defending champion of the last edition, which does not participate in the group phase, the seven group winners qualified for the quarterfinals.

The tournament was played with three points for a win.

Final round

The quarter-final was a draw, but it could not be two teams from one country meet directly. The teams played in the knockout system with return game of the tournament winner, the away goals rule applied. If in the return game and / or final after regular time and extra time no winner would then have been the winner in the penalty shootout would have been determined.

The winner of the tournament qualified for the FIFA Club World Cup 2008.


  • Group stage: March 12, March 19, April 9, April 23, May 7, May 21,
  • Quarter-finals: September 17, September 24
  • Semi-finals: October 8, October 22
  • Final: November 5, November 12,

Group stage

Bye: Japan Urawa Reds

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Group E

Group F

Group G

Final round


The quarter-final was played in home and away matches. The first legs took place on September 24, September 17 and the return games.

First leg



The semi-final was played in home and away matches. The first legs took place on 22 October, on October 8 and the return games.

First leg



The final was played in home and away matches. The first leg took place on November 5, the return match on November 12 instead.

First leg