ACL2015 Group Stage Matchday 1 Suwon Bluewings vs Urawa Red Diamonds

AFC Champions League 2015 Group Stage Matchday 1

Suwon Bluewings vs Urawa Red Diamonds

Urawa wants to erase their experience from 2013 where they got a difficult group and played vs the team that was later eventual champions Guangzhou Evergrande, Korean heavyweights Jeonbuk Motors and Thailand club Muangthong United, Urawa did an acceptable campaign in the group stage keeping their possibilities of progressing to the Round of 16 that year but missing that chance narrowly after getting an away draw 2-2 vs Muangthong United leveled on points with Jeonbuk but the Korean club advancing because of having better goal difference.
Wednesday Group F game will see 2007 champions Urawa Reds travel to Korea to face a Suwon team that wants to repeat the good campaign they had in 2011 where they reached the semifinals only to lose vs eventual champions Al Sadd.

Suwon Bluewings
Its the 1st time that both teams face each other, a clash of former Asian champions, Suwon and Urawa last appearance at ACL was in 2013, Suwon last title was in 2002 while the last time Urawa won the title was in 2007.
Suwon made a bad campaign ending last in their group with only 3 points because of 3 the draws they got.
Suwon are making their 6th appareance in the competition while Urawa are taking part for the 4th time.

Winners of the last two editions of both the Asian Club Championship and the Asian Supercup in 2001 and 2002 Korean side Suwon Bluewings aim to have that same success in the AFC Champions League winning the title this year.

Formed in 1995 this is the year of their anniversary, they celebrate 20 years old and they have enjoyed much success winning 4 K-League titles and 3 Korean FA Cups plus their continental titles.
Their best campaign so far was in 2011 where they reached the semifinals stage.

AFC Champions League record
2013 – Group Stage
2011 – Semifinals
2010 – Quarterfinals
2009 – Round of 16
2005 – Group Stage

Urawa Red Diamonds
Urawa Reds made a successful debut on the continental stage in 2007 when they won the AFC Champions League with an aggregate victory 3-1 vs Sepahan in the final. With their victory they became the 1st and only J-League club to win the AFC Champions Lague since its played in their current format from 2002-03
They reached the ACL semifinals in 2008 but lost to eventual champions Gamba Osaka.
Last time that Urawa played vs a Korean club was in 2013 vs Jeonbuk Motors losing 3-1 at home and drawing 2-2 in Korea.

AFC Champions League record

2013 – Group Stage
2008 – Semifnals
2007 – Champions

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