AFC Champions League group-stage draw

AFC Champions League holders Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors have been drawn in a tough group for the 2017 edition of the competition as they look to defend their title.

The Korea Republic side, who beat Al Ain 3-2 on aggregate to claim the trophy last month, are in a group containing Australian outfit Adelaide United, Jiangsu Suning of China and a play-off winner.

Beaten finalists Al Ain will, meanwhile, begin their latest campaign from Group C where they will go head-to-head with Al Ahli FC from Saudi Arabia, Iran’s Zobahan FC and the winner of the play-off between Qatar’s El Jaish SC and Uzbekistan’s FC Bunyodkor .

Elsewhere, 2013 and 2015 winners Guangzhou Evergrande have been drawn in Group G along with Suwon Samsung Bluewings from Korea Republic, Hong Kong’s Eastern SC of and Japan’s third – yet to be decided – club.

Australia’s Western Sydney Wanderers, who picked up the silverware in 2014, find themselves in Group F with K League Classic winners FC Seoul, Japan’s second club and one of Shanghai SIPG, Sukhothai FC or Yadanarbon FC.

AFC Champions League 2017 Preliminary Stage & Playoff Schedule

WEST

Preliminary Stage 2 (January 31, 2017)
PS 2.1 – Al Wehdat (JOR) v JSW Bengaluru FC (IND)
PS 2.2 – FC Nasaf (UZB) v Al Hidd Club (BHR)
PS 2.3 – Al Sadd SC (QAT) v Bye
PS 2.4 – FC Bunyodkor (UZB) v Bye

Playoff Stage (February 7, 2017)
Al Wahda (UAE) v Winner PS 2.1
Al Fateh FC (KSA) v Winner PS 2.2
Esteghlal FC (IRN) v Al Sadd SC (QAT)
El Jaish SC (QAT) v FC Bunyodkor (UZB)

EAST

Preliminary Stage 1 (January 24, 2017)
PS 1.1 – Hanoi T&T (VIE) v Bye
PS 1.2 – Johor Darul Ta’zim (MAS) v Bye
PS 1.3 – Yadanarbon FC (MYA) v Bye
PS 1.4 – Global FC (PHI) v Tampines Rovers FC (SIN)

Preliminary Stage 2 (January 31, 2017)
PS 2.1 – Kitchee (HKG) v Hanoi T&T (VIE)
PS 2.2 – Bangkok United (THA) v Johor Darul Ta’zim (MAS)
PS 2.3 – Sukhothai FC (THA) v Yadanarbon FC (MYA)
PS 2.4 – Brisbane Roar (AUS) v Winner PS 1.4

Playoff Stage (February 7, 2017)
Jeju United FC (KOR) v Winner PS 2.1
Japan 4th Club (JAP) v Winner PS 2.2
Shanghai SIPG FC (CHN) v Winner PS 2.3
Shanghai Shenhua FC (CHN) v Winner PS 2.4

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