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When the AFC Champions League was launched in August 2002, it was by no means the first Asian continental club competition.

Indeed, there is a rich tradition of club competitions in the AFC, dating back to 1967; when the first Asian Club Championship was played.

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AFC Champions League

AFC Champions League

The three major Asian club competitions, Asian Champions Cup, Asian Cup Winners Cup, and Asian Super Cup were merged into one larger tournament and re-branded as the AFC Champions League.

Two-Legged Finals
2003: Travel to United Arab Emirates Al Ain beat Travel to Thailand BEC Tero Sasana (2:1 agg).
2004: Travel to Saudi Arabia Al Ittihad beat Travel to South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (6:3 agg).
2005: Travel to Saudi Arabia Al Ittihad beat Travel to United Arab Emirates Al Ain (5:3 agg).
2006: Travel to South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors beat Travel to Syria Al Karama (3:2 agg).
2007: Travel to Japan Urawa Red Diamonds beat Travel to Iran Sepahan (3:1 agg).
2008: Travel to Japan Gamba Osaka beat Travel to Australia Adelaide United (5:0 agg).

One Match Finals
2009: Travel to South Korea Pohang Steelers beat Travel to Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad (2:1) - in Tokyo.
2010: Travel to South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma beat Travel to Iran Zob Ahan (3:1) - in Tokyo.
2011: Travel to Saudi Arabia Al-Sadd beat Travel to South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (2:2 4:2pen) - Jeonju.

Asian Club Football - Historical Archives

Asian Club Championship

Similar to the old European Cup.

1968: Travel to Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv beat Travel to Malaysia Selangor (2:1) - in Bangkok.
1970: Travel to Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv beat Travel to South Korea Yangzee (1:0) - in Bangkok.
1971: Travel to Iran Taj Club beat Travel to Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv (2:1) - in Tehran.
1972: Travel to Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv beat Travel to Iraq Al-Shorta (2:0 walkover).
1986: Travel to South Korea Daewoo Royals beat Travel to Saudi Arabia Al Ahli (3:1) - in Jeddah.
1987: Travel to Japan Furukawa finished above Travel to Saudi Arabia Al Hilal - in Riyadh.
1988: Travel to Japan Yomiuri beat Travel to Saudi Arabia Al Hilal (walkover - objection to officials).
1989: Travel to Qatar Al Saad beat Travel to Iraq Al Rasheed (3:3 agg).
1990: Travel to China Liaoning beat Travel to Japan Nissan (3:2 agg).
1990: Travel to Iran Esteghlal beat Travel to China Liaoning (2:1) - in Dhaka.
1992: Travel to Saudi Arabia Al Hilal beat Travel to Iran Esteghlal (1.1 5:3pen) - in Doha.
1993: Travel to Iran Pas beat Travel to Saudi Arabia Al Shabab (1:0) - in Bahrain.
1994: Travel to Thailand Thai Farmers Bank beat Travel to Oman Oman Club (2:1) - in Bangkok.
1995: Travel to Thailand Thai Farmers Bank beat Travel to Qatar Al Arabi (1:0) - in Bangkok.
1996: Travel to South Korea Ilhwa Chunma beat Travel to Saudi Arabia Al-Nasr (1:0) - in Riyadh.
1997: Travel to South Korea Pohang Steelers beat Travel to South Korea Ilhwa Chunma (2:1) in Kuala Lumpur.
1998: Travel to South Korea Pohang Steelers beat Travel to China Dalian Wanda (0:0 6:5pen) - in HK.
1999: Travel to Japan Jubilo Iwata beat Travel to Iran Esteghlal (2:1) - in Tehran.
2000: Travel to Saudi Arabia Al Hilal beat Travel to Japan Jubilo Iwata (3:2) - in Riyadh.
2001: Travel to South Korea Suwon Bluewings beat Travel to Japan Jubilo Iwata (1:0) - in Suwon.
2002: Travel to South Korea Suwon Bluewings beat Travel to South Korea Anyang Cheetahs (0:0 4:2pen) - in Tehran.

Asian Cup Winners' Cup

The winners of the Cup Winners Cup used to contest the Asian Super Cup; against the winners of the Asian Club Championship.

1991: Travel to Iran Persepolis beat Travel to Bahrain Muharraq (1:0 agg).
1992: Travel to Japan Nissan beat Travel to Saudi Arabia Al-Nasr (6:1 agg).
1993:Travel to Japan  Nissan beat Travel to Iran Persepolis (2:1 agg).
1994: Travel to Saudi Arabia Al Qadisiya beat Travel to Hong Kong South China (6:2 agg).
1995: Travel to Japan Yokohama Flugels beat Travel to United Arab Emirates Al Shaab (2:1 aet).
1996: Travel to Japan Bellmare Hiratsuka beat Travel to Iraq Al Talaba (2:1).
1997: Travel to Saudi Arabia Al Hilal beat Travel to Japan Nagoya Grampus Eight (3:1).
1998: Travel to Saudi Arabia Al-Nasr beat Travel to South Korea Suwon Bluewings (1:0).
1999: Travel to Saudi Arabia Al Ittihad beat Travel to South Korea Chunnam Dragons (3:2 aet).
2000: Travel to Japan Shimizu S-Pulse beat Travel to Iraq Al Zawraa (1:0).
2001: Travel to Saudi Arabia Al Shabab beat Travel to China Dalian Shide (4:2).
2002: Travel to Saudi Arabia Al Hilal beat Travel to South Korea Chonbuk Motors (2:1 aet).

Asian Super Cup

Started in 1995, the competition came to an end in 2002; when both the major AFC tournaments were merged into the Asian Champions League.

1995: Travel to Japan Yokohama Flugels beat Travel to Thailand Thai Farmers Bank (4:3 agg).
1996: Travel to South Korea Ilhwa Chunma beat Travel to Japan Bellmare Hiratsuka (6:3 agg).
1997: Travel to Saudi Arabia Al Hilal beat Travel to South Korea Pohang Steelers (2:1 agg).
1998: Travel to Saudi Arabia Al-Nasr beat Travel to South Korea Pohang Steelers (1:1 agg).
1999: Travel to Japan Jubilo Iwata beat Travel to Saudi Arabia Al Ittihad (2:2 agg).
2000: Travel to Saudi Arabia Al Hilal beat Travel to Japan Shimizu S-Pulse (3:2 agg).
2001: Travel to South Korea Suwon Bluewings beat Travel to Saudi Arabia Al Shabab (4:3 agg).
2002: Travel to South Korea Suwon Bluewings beat Travel to Saudi Arabia Al Hilal (1:1 agg 4:2pen).

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