Wed 27 January 2021 | 11:01

2021 AFC Champions League draw promises a lot of thrilling matches

The champions, Ulsan Hyundai FC, is grouped with Thailand's BG Pathum United, Vietnam's Viettel FC, and a playoff winner in group F while runners-up, Persepolis FC, will compete with Al Rayyan of Qatar, India's FC Goa, and a playoff winner in Group E.

The draw, which was conducted virtually and streamed live and held in Kuala Lumpur, saw 2019 champions Al Hilal SFC of Saudi Arabia, Shabab Al Ahli of UAE, FC Istiklol of Tajikistan, and a playoff winner drawn in

Group A


Group B

comprises UAE's Sharjah, Iran's Tractor FC, Pakhtakor of Uzbekistan, and a playoff winner while

Group C

will see Qatar's Al Duhail SC, Saudi Arabia's Al Ahli Saudi, Esteghlal of Iran, and Al Shorta of Iraq bidding to advance to the Round of 16.

Meanwhile, Qatar's Al Sadd SC will go toe-to-toe with Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr, Al Wehdat of Jordan, and a playoff winner in

Group D


The 2021 AFC Champions League kicks off with the preliminary stage on April 7 while the group stage will be played in centralized venues starting in April.


2021 AFC Champions League Group Stage Draw

Group A: Al Hilal SFC (KSA), Shabab Al Ahli (UAE), FC Istiklol (TJK), QAT-UZB P/O winner

Group B: Sharjah (UAE), Tractor FC (IRN), Pakhtakor (UZB), KSA-IRQ P/O winner

Group C: Al Duhail SC (QAT), Al Ahli Saudi (KSA), Esteghlal (IRN), Al Shorta (IRQ)

Group D: Al Sadd SC (QAT), Al Nassr (KSA), Al Wehdat (JOR), IRN-UAE P/O winner

Group E: Persepolis FC (IRN), Al Rayyan (QAT), FC Goa (IND), UAE-IRQ P/O winner

Group F: Ulsan Hyundai FC (KOR), BG Pathum United (THA), Viettel FC (VIE), AUS-PHI-CHN P/O winner

Group G: Jiangsu FC (CHN), Nagoya Grampus (JPN), Johor Darul Ta'zim (MAS), KOR-THA P/O winner.

Group H: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (KOR), Gamba Osaka (JPN), Tampines Rovers (SIN), Sydney FC (AUS)

Group I: Kawasaki Frontale (JPN), Guangzhou FC CHN), United City FC (PHI), KOR-THA P/O winner

Group J: Shandong Luneng FC (CHN), Port FC (THA), Kitchee SC (HKG), JPN-AUS-MYA P/O Winner

source: SportMob

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