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2023-2024 AFC Champions League: Al Hilal Gets Easy Draw, Al Ittihad and Al Nasr Face Tough Opponents

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2023-2024 AFC Champions League Group Stage Draw Results

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Introduction

The draw for the group stage of the 2023-2024 AFC Champions League took place at the AFC Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. The draw resulted in an easy matchup for Al Hilal and tough ones for Al Ittihad and Al Nasr.

Group Stage Details

Al Hilal had an easy group as they did not have previous achievements in the AFC Champions League. On the other hand, Al Ittihad was placed in a difficult group with Sabhan and the Iraqi Air Force, while Al Nasr faced a challenging group including Iranian Persepolis, Al-Duhail Al-Qatari, and Al-Istiqlal.

The Asian group stage will feature 20 teams from the Western region divided into 5 groups, with 4 teams in each group.

#Asia Champions League Western region 2023/24 is ready ✅

Which group do you think is the strongest? pic.twitter.com/IklsAtEh3I

– AFC Champions League (@theAFCCL_ar) August 24, 2023

Group Stage Draw Results

The draw for the Western region resulted in the following groups:

  • Group 1: “Pakhtakor” (Uzbekistan), “Al-Fayha” (Saudi Arabia), “Akhal”, “Al-Ain”
  • Group 2: Al-Sadd (Qatar), Nasaf (Uzbekistan), Al-Faisaly (Jordan), Sharjah (United Arab Emirates)
  • Group 3: Saudi Al-Ittihad, Sabhan, Iraqi Air Force, AGMK
  • Group 4: Al Hilal, Nasaji Mazandaran, Mumbai City, Naviakhor
  • Group 5: Iranian Persepolis, Qatari Al-Duhail, Iranian Esteghlal, Saudi An-Nasr

Tournament Details

The 21st edition of the AFC Champions League will witness a transition from spring to fall season for the first time. The tournament will take place from September 2023 to May 2024.

The matches of the first round of the Western groups will be held on the 18th and 19th of the next month.

Previous Champions

In the previous edition, Japanese club Urawa became the AFC Champions League champions by defeating Al Hilal in the final match of the tournament.

Source

Source: RT

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