A colour coded guide to the AFC Champions League

Ever tune in to a game with unfamiliar teams and then spend a good 2 minutes being slightly confused about which team is which? It’s fine – you can admit it. We’ve all been there.

Don’t worry. FOX Sports Asia has your back, which is why we’ve produced this guide for you. Now you won’t have to live your life in bleak but also colourful confusion any longer! Enjoy.

Huh. Well then. That’s not quite the rainbow we were expecting.

Questions and answers

Q: Hey, a chart!

A: I know, right?

Q: Are these for home jerseys only?

A: Yep!

Q: But why isn’t there any green?

A: One of the most prominent green teams in previous editions of the AFC Champions League is Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, but they’ve been banned from the competition following their involvement in a referee-bribing scandal. In the absence of their iconic highlighter pen-esque jerseys, that portion of the colour spectrum stands empty.

But no worries. The grass on the pitch should be green enough to make up for it.

Q: So… which teams wear which colours, anyway?

A: We’re glad you asked. To make things more exciting, let’s do this backwards!

The runners-up

You can count the number of teams wearing each of these colours on one hand, so clearly they are setting themselves apart and blazing the trail ahead.

There are four teams in white (Al-Jazira, Al-Ahli, Zob Ahan and Bunyodkor), two teams in orange (Brisbane Roar and Jeju United) and just one each in purple (Al-Ain) and yellow (Al-Taawoun).

GettyImages-114069733.jpgJeju United.

A special shoutout to Jeju United, who wear their orange jerseys very proudly. Just how proud are they of that majestic, eye catching shade of orange? Extremely.

Coming in second

No prizes for guessing what colour the Suwon Samsung Bluewings wear.

Suwon Samsung Bluewings.

They’re joined by nine other teams: Gamba Osaka, Al-Hilal, Esteghlal Khuzestan, Kawasaki Frontale, Jiangsu Suning, Al-Fateh, Esteghlal, Eastern and Ulsan Hyundai.

That’s 31.2% of all the teams in the tournament, for those who are mathematically inclined.

And in first place…

This is a long one!

Muangthong United, Kashima Antlers, Urawa Red Diamonds, Western Sydney Wanderers, Al-Ahli, Persepolis, Al-Rayyan, Lekhwiya, Lokomotiv Tashkent, FC Seoul, Guangzhou Evergrande, Adelaide United, Al-Wahda and Shanghai SIPG all wear red.

A little under half of the tournament’s 32 teams have red as their home jersey colour, so you could say it’s the most popular choice. Which makes sense, given the colour’s symbolic associations with desirable sports qualities like vigour and passion and brotherhood.

Bonus category!

Did you know that seven teams in the competition wear stripes?

Western Sydney Wanderers.

Well, now you do.

That’s all we have for you this time. Don’t forget to bookmark this page so you can come back and check it the next time you find yourself wondering who’s who!

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