Its the 1st time that both teams will play each other.
Pakhtakor returns to the AFC Champions League since their last participation in 2013
Naft Tehran are making their debut in the competition.
Pakhtakor home record vs Iran teams at ACL is the best one: 6 wins, 0 draws, 0 loses
Pakhtakor have won everytime since 2005 at an ACL opening match except in 2004 they lose at home vs Zob Ahan but they reached the semifinals of the competition and in 2008 they lost at home vs Qadsia from Kuwait, in 2012 they lost its away game vs Al Ittihad Jeddah.
The Tashkent giants (Uzbek powerhouse) have been Uzbekistan`s most successful club since the country`s independence in 1991
They hold the record of most appearances in the tournament 12 in total.
2013 Group Stage
2012 Group Stage
2011 Group Stage
2010 Round of 16
2008 Group Stage
2007 Group Stage
2006 Group Stage
2005 Group Stage
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.
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
Its the 1st time that both clubs face each other but the Mariners have already experienced past encounters against theother Guangzhou team, the 2013 ACL champions Guangzhou Evergrande, in that time both clubs played each other at Round of16 with Guangzhou winning the leg and becoming
Guangzhou came from winning 3-0 vs Warriors in the previous round of this edition ACL playoffs.
AFC Champions League 2015 Playoff Round
17 February: Bunyodkor Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Its the 1st time that both clubs face each other .
Its the 1st time that FC Seoul plays vs a Vietnamese club at any stage of ACLsince they made their debut in the competition in 2009
2013 semifinalists want to be again in the group stage, last year they were eliminated by eventual winners Western Sydney Wanderers
Its the 2nd time that Hanoi play at ACL playoffs, last year they losein this same stage vs Muangthong United.
The all time record between Korean and Vietnamese clubs have been in favour for Koreans winning all their matches.
ACL2005 Hoang Anh Gia Lai 1–5 Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Suwon Samsung Bluewings 6-0 Hoang Anh Gia Lai
ACL2005 Busan I’Park 8–0 Binh Dinh
Binh Dinh 0–4 Busan I’Park
Bangkok Glass are back in ACL, last time they competed was in 2008 as Krung Thai Bank and this year they dream of playing the group stage once again.
Its the 2nd time in a row that Beijing will play ACL playoffs, last yuear they played in this same stage winning4-0 vs Chonburi, now they have to play against another Thai club if they want to reach the group stage
Its the 1st time that both clubs face each other,it will be a great challenge for Bangkok if they want to reach the group stage.
17 February 2015 Hitachi Kashiwa Soccer Stadium, Kashiwa, Japan
Its the 1ast time that both teams face each other at ACL competition
Kashiwa previous and only meeting vs a Thai club was vs Burinam United
Chonburi previous and only meeting vs Japanese clubs was Gamba Osaka at 2008
Chonburi dreams to return to the group stage again, last time they werer at that stage was in 2008, they want to continue the tradition of thai clubs to be every year at the group stage since Burinam debuted at ACL in 2012 and with that Thai clubs returned once again to Asia premier club competition.
Last time Kashiwa played at ACL was in 2013 where they reached the semifinal stage losing to eventual winners Guangzhou Evergrande