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Asian Champions League to restart with groups in Qatar hub

/ 05:21 PM July 16, 2020
Asian Champions League

People take pictures of a screen displaying the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup 2020 official draw for the playoff and group stages during the 2020 AFC Champions League football tournament official draw for group stages at the AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on December 10 2019. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The Asian Champions League is set to restart after a seven-month pause with Qatar announced on Thursday as the host of all western region games through the semifinals.

The Asian Football Confederation said 16 teams — including four from Saudi Arabia and four from the United Arab Emirates — will go to Qatar as a centralized venue to complete the group stage starting from Sept. 14.

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Games in Asia’s top club competition have not been played since February due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Teams advancing from the groups will stay in Qatar for single-leg knockout games from the round of 16 to the western semifinal on Oct. 3.

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The 39 scheduled games will produce a finalist from the western region.

The AFC said possible host nations in eastern Asia to stage the other half of the competition “have until July 24 to submit their interest.”

The Asian Champions Leagues east region groups include teams from Australia, China, Japan and South Korea.

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