The draw for the elimination rounds of the AFC Champions League for the current season 2023-2024 will be held today, Thursday, at the confederation's headquarters in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur..
The Asian Football Confederation has published details of the tournament's knockout rounds on its official website, with the 16 teams that have booked their places in the next stage of the competition being drawn, which will see clubs from the west of the continent play. Round of 16 first leg matches on February 12 and 13, 2024, and matches will be played. It returns on the 19th and 20th of the same month.
Clubs in the east of the continent will compete one day after the matches of clubs in the west of the continent, with the first legs taking place on the 13th and 14th of the following February, and the return matches on the 20th and 21st of the same month..
The eight clubs who win a total of two matches in the round of 16 will qualify for the quarter-finals, which will be played next March 4, 5, 11 and 12 for the western region of the continent. On the 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th of the same month for the eastern part of the continent.
The semi-finals will be played on April 16 and 23, with the first leg on the 17th and 24th of the same month, while the final will be played on May 11 and 18, 2024 in two matches..
It is noteworthy that out of the 40 clubs that participated in the 21st edition of the most important competition at the club level in the AFC which started in September 2023, 16 teams qualified for the round of 16 with 8 teams. West and East of the Asian continent, namely: Al-Hilal, Al-Ittihad, Al-Nasr (Saudi Arabia), Al-Ain (UAE), Nassaf (Uzbekistan) and three second place clubs: Navbakor (Uzbekistan), Sepahan ( Iran), and Al-Fayha (Saudi Arabia)..
The eastern side of the continent includes South Korean clubs Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, Yokohama Marinos, Kawasaki Frontale (Japan), Pohang Steelers, Ulsan Hyundai (South Korea) and Shandong Taishan (China)..
Arab clubs have great chances to win the title, with Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal, runners-up in the last edition, and its compatriots Al-Nasr and Al-Ittihad, in addition to Emirates' Al-Ain among others.
Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia has won the competition title twice with its modern system, a collective record fourteenth time in the elimination round, while Nafpakor of Uzbekistan and Al-Fayha of Saudi Arabia reached the first stage. time in their history in the tournament..
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