Feb 4, 2016

FC Tokyo, Thai club Chonburi to vie for ACL berth

FC Tokyo will face Chonburi of Thailand in a playoff to decide who will join this season’s Asian Champions League, the Japan Football Association announced Thursday. The Thai side overcame Myanmar’s Yangon United 3-2 on Tuesday and will now travel to face FC Tokyo ...

Dec 29, 2015

Reds earn automatic qualification for Asian Champions League

Urawa Reds have clinched their automatic qualification for next season’s Asian Champions League after advancing to the Emperor’s Cup final on Tuesday, the Japan Football Association announced. The J. League championship winners Sanfrecce Hiroshima and runners-up Gamba Osaka had already booked the two automatic ...

Dec 10, 2015

Hiroshima handed 2016 AFC assignment

J. League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima were drawn in Group F with FC Seoul, Buriram United and the playoff winner from either Australia, China, India or Singapore for next season’s Asian Champions League on Thursday. The yet-to-be-determined Emperor’s Cup champions have been slotted in Group ...

Gamba fall short of spot in Asian Champions League final

Oct 21, 2015

Gamba fall short of spot in Asian Champions League final

Gamba Osaka missed out on a place in the final of the Asian Champions League on Wednesday night after the domestic treble winners were held to a 0-0 draw by China’s Guangzhou Evergrande in the second leg of their semifinal. Guangzhou, the 2013 ACL ...

Zheng leads Evergrande past Gamba

Oct 1, 2015

Zheng leads Evergrande past Gamba

Zheng Zhi scored the winning goal as Guangzhou Evergrande beat Gamba Osaka 2-1 in the first leg of the Asian Champions League semifinals on Wednesday. Gamba welcomed the return of the J. League’s top scorer Takashi Usami, who missed his team’s 3-2 win over ...

Determined Gamba ready to face Evergrande in ACL semifinals

Sep 29, 2015

Determined Gamba ready to face Evergrande in ACL semifinals

Gamba Osaka manager Kenta Hasegawa says his team will pull out all the stops to overcome China’s Guangzhou Evergrande in the first leg of their Asian Champions League semifinal on Wednesday night. Gamba are the only Japanese team left in the competition, with 2013 ...

Gamba advances to Asian Champions League semifinals

Sep 16, 2015

Gamba advances to Asian Champions League semifinals

Gamba Osaka beat Jeonbuk Motors in a 3-2 thriller at Osaka’s Expo Stadium on Wednesday night to set up an Asian Champions League semifinal against Chinese heavyweights Guangzhou Evergrande, ensuring Japan will have a representative in Asia’s premier club competition’s final four. A 94th-minute ...

Guangzhou eliminates Kashiwa

Sep 16, 2015

Guangzhou eliminates Kashiwa

China’s Guangzhou Evergrande did enough to move on to the Asian Champions League semifinal stage on Tuesday, securing a 1-1 draw with Kashiwa Reysol at Tianhe Sport Center Stadium to advance 4-2 on aggregate, keeping their hopes for a second ACL title in three ...

Gamba, Jeonbuk draw in first leg of ACL quarters

Aug 26, 2015

Gamba, Jeonbuk draw in first leg of ACL quarters

Japanese treble winners Gamba Osaka stayed in the hunt for a second Asian Champions League crown after grinding out a 0-0 draw away to South Korea’s Jeonbuk Motors in the first leg of the their quarterfinal on Wednesday night. Jeonbuk, the 2006 champions, enjoyed ...

Guangzhou Evergrande clobber Kashiwa Reysol

Aug 25, 2015

Guangzhou Evergrande clobber Kashiwa Reysol

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China’s Guangzhou Evergrande inflicted more Asian Champions League misery on Kashiwa Reysol with a resounding 3-1 win in the first leg of their quarterfinal on Tuesday night. Daisuke Suzuki gifted Guangzhou the lead when he headed into his own net after five minutes and ...