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
This time another Tajik club makes their debut at AFC competition, a team who were the surprise of Tajik League last year now wants to reach the AFC Cup group stage and emulate Ravshan whop reached the group stage by winning their qualifying playoff lasyt year vs Al Yarmouk from Yemen.
Khayr have some good players like their recent signing Kyrgyz experienced player Vladimir Verevkin who comes from Alay Osh and played AFC Cup last year, also Tajik international Mahmadali Sodikov who won the AFC President’s Cup in 2012 with FK Istiklol Dushanbe.
Sheikh Russel had a good 2014 surprising everyone by qualifying above KRL from Pakistan in the AFC President’s Cup group stage reaching the AFC President’s Cup final stage that was played in Sri Lanka where they won to Mongolian champions Erchim, now this year they want to surprise more and their main objetive is to reach the AFC Cup group stage.
They count with experienced Bosnian player Bojan Petrić, Jamaican former international Akeem Priestley and Nigerian player Kingsley Chigozie.
Last time that Bangladesh was represented at AFC Cup was in 2006 with Brothers Union and Mohammedan Sporting Club Dhaka.
The winner of this match will play vs Salam Zgharta from Lebanon for a place in ther AFC Cup group stage.
The road to the group stage wont be easy for Sheikh Russel and Khayr but if they work hard they can get it.
After winning the Turkmenistan Cup last year now Ahal have the big responsability to represent Turkmenistan in a good way in their 1st participation in an AFC Competition, they dream to reach the group stage but they must play vs a team who have a lot of experience in the Asian scene having won the AFC President`s Cup 2 times who is Kyrgyz powerhouse Dordoi that returns to an AFC competition after winning the Kyrgyz League, last time they featured in an AFC competition was in the 2013 AFC President`s Cup where they were eliminated in the final round group stage, now this time they want to follow the staps of Alay Osh and reach the group stage. Sergey Dvoryankov is no longer at the team and the person who camein his replacent was Zavisa Mirosavljevic from Serbia, Former captain Ruslan Sydykov is no longer at Dordoi after he retired from international football last year, Pakistani players Kallem ullah and Muhammad Adil are 2 key players in which Dordoi arehopeful to reach the group stage. they also count with experienced players like Vadim Kharchenko, Daniel Tagoe, David Tetteh and Azamat Baimatov and also with veteran goalkeeper Vladislav Volkov, new players have arrived to the team like Stanceski Perica from Serbia and Previato from Brazil.
Ahal counts with 2013 AFC President`s Cup champion and Turkmenistan national team goalkeeper Nikita Gorbunov, defenders Myrat Hamrayev, Mekan Saparov, midfielder Alibek Abdurakhmanov and forward Mamedali Karadanov andalso experienced player Suleiman Orazov.
The winner of this match will play vs Fanja of Oman next February 17.