Defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande are placed with Korean heavyweights Pohang Steelers, 2007 ACL champions Urawa Red Diamonds from Japan and Sydney FC from Australia who returns to the competition after 5 years of absence.
Guanghou Evergrande are looking to defend successfully their title and they aim t win it for the 2nd year in a row and a 3rd in total but they must play in a difficult group vs Pohang, Urawa and Sydney, their main stars Elkeson and Dario Conca have gone to Shanghai SIPG who will also play ACL.
Guangzhou Evergrande keeps most of the players that won the ACL title last year, they have added into their ranks the experienced Colombian forward Jackson Martinez.
Urawa Reds will be looking to improve what they did from their irregular campaign last year in whih they only got 4 points, they know it won´t be an easy group but they are going to find some inspiration from their glory days in 2007 to past the group stage and reach the final stages. They conserve almost the same team from last year but their have added Slovenian international Branko Ilic who comes from Kazakh champions FC Astana.
Pohang comes from winning Hanoi in the playoff stage and they are serious contenders to past the group stage and even to win the title too.
Sydney FC will be looking to improve what they did the last time they have played ACL, in their 2 times they played this competition they haven´t gone beyond the group stage and they are aiming to do that having a team with many experienced players like David Carney who will play the ACL campaign for the 2nd time with the Sky Blues and young and talented players too.like Robert Stambolziev.