AFC Champions League is the pinnacle of the club football in the AFC region. Every club starts it’s season with a major goal in their checklist, which is to qualify for the Champions League. Top flight clubs from the footballing powerhouses of Asia test their mettle in this annual continental league to get named as the reigning champions of Asia.The current format of the competition was launched in the year 2009 as a double round robin group stage of 32 teams while the competition had its inception back in 1967 as the ‘Asian Club Championship’.
FC Goa made history as they became the first ever Indian team to get a direct entry in the group stage of the tournament. The Gaurs are a part of the West Region which would formulate the A-E groups. FCG will battle it out with the teams from Qatar, Saudi, Iran, UAE, Iraq to name a few. AFC Champions League has witnessed emergence of new stars over the seasons and we would love to see the upcoming stars from India rise at the continental stage too. The upcoming seasons would be crucial to sustain India’s run in the top tier Asian League. So, here we will take a look back at the teams with the best record so far and which might be a potential threat.
5) AL HILAL (1 AFC Champions League Title)
The most successful team of the Saudi Pro League has maintained it’s stature in the ACL too. The club is the defending champion of the ACL and it also went on to play the Clubs World Cup 2019 edition. It shares a rich legacy having won the SPL 15 times and also being the runners up for the equal number of times. Which means that they participated in the finals for a magnanimous 30 times. The club is being managed by the Romanian Razvan Lucescu. Bafetimbi Gomis ,the frenchman is one of the key players in the squad.