AFC Champions League signing

AFCChampionsLeaguesigning
EvergrandecaptainZhengZhiwontheAFCChampionsLeaguelotteryyesterdayafternoon.BothBeijingGuoanandGuangzhouEvergrandewongooddraws,whileShanghaiShenhua’sstrongteamreplaced.Thisversionofthepicture/OsportsGuoanplayerZhangXizheShenhuacaptainMoreno2020seasonAFCChampionsLeaguegroupdrawceremonyyesterdayafternooninKualaLumpurantiques,thelastgamebeforetheAFCChampionsLeagueexpansion,BeijingGuoanandGuangzhouEvergrandehavewonagoodSigning,andShanghaiShanggang,whichneedstostartfromthequalifiers,mayenterthe”deathgroup”.  Teamswiththesamerulesdonotavoidstartingfromthe2019season,theAFChasmodifiedthegroupingrulesoftheAFCChampionsLeague-thegoaloftheAFCGroupMatchdrawistodrawouttheassociationfirst,andthentheassociationclubswillbeplacedaccordingtotheseeds.Aftertherulesweremodified,thegroupcompetitionstillusedthe”avoidancewiththesameassociation”,buttheteamswithdirectpromotionplaceswerenolongergraded,butmixeddrawswerecarriedout.Thischangeledtoagreatlyincreasedprobabilityof”deathgroup”.The2020AFCChampionsLeaguegroupingprincipleisthesameasthe2019season.  ItisworthmentioningthattheAFCpassedtheAFCChampionsLeagueexpansionresolutionattheExecutiveCommitteemeetinginearlyOctober.Beginningin2021,theAFCChampionsLeaguewillresumethecurrent32teamsandexpandto40teams.EachteamwillbeaddedtotheEastandWestZones.TherulesforthedrawoftheAFCChampionsLeaguewillbeadjustedaccordingly.Atthesceneofthedrawceremonyyesterday,AFCSecretaryGeneralWindsorJohnannouncedadditionalnewrules:”The2020AFCChampionsLeaguewilldirectlyreceivetherighttoparticipateintheAFCChampionsLeaguein2021;in2020,theEastandWestAsiaThetwostrongestteams(thatis,thetwoteamsthatenteredtheAFCChampionsLeaguefinal)willalsoqualifyfortheWorldClubCupnextyear.”ThedeathgroupintheraceiswaitingforShanghaiandHongKong’s2019ChineseSuperLeagueandtheFACupfinalstobothend.ThequotafortheAFCChampionshipswonbyChinaisstill”3+1″:LeaguechampionGuangzhouEvergrande,runner-upBeijingZhongheGuoanheTheFACupchampionShanghaiShenhuadirectlyreceivedtheplaceforthemainmatch,whilethejointseasonrunner-upShanghaiShanggangwillneedtostartfromtheplay-offs.  Asthe”lotteryambassador”,GaoLinwasthefirsttodrawBeijingGuoan.Genesio’steamwasplacedinGroupE.Inadditiontothealready-identifiedThaiteamChiangRaiUnited,therearetwoqualifyingteams.,Respectively,isthegroupofSeoulFCandJapan’sfourthoverallteam.ShanghaiShenhua,whoreturnedtotheAFCChampionsLeague,wasplacedinGroupF.TheywillfaceUlsanHyundai,NBAteamPerthGloryandTokyoFCinthequalifyinggroup.GuangzhouEvergrandewasplacedinGroupG.TheopponentsinthesamegroupwereSuwonSamsung,MalaysianteamJohorDTandtheJapanEmperorCupchampion(notyetdecided).  Inthe2020AFCChampionsLeaguegrouping,the”deathgroup”appearedmanytimesintheWestAsiaregion,andthe”quasi-deathgroup”intheEastAsiaregionwasGroupH-ifShanghaiShanghaiPortcansuccessfullypassthequalifiers,thisistheentrygroup.TheYokohamaMariners,JeonbukHyundaiandSydneyFCarealldividedintoGroupH.JeonbukHyundai,whofoughthardintheAFCChampionsLeaguein2019,wontheK-LeagueChampionshipthisseason,theMarinersinYokohamawastheJ-LeaguechampioninJapan,andSydneyFCwonthechampionshipintheseasonfinals.OnJanuary28,ShanghaiShanggangwillcompeteathomewiththewinnersofBuriramUnitedandVietnam’sHoChiMinh.  Accordingtotheschedule,thefirstroundofthe2020AFCChampionsLeaguewilltakeeffectonFebruary11andwillendonMay6.  ProspectsGuoan’squalifyinghopesAfterthelotteryresultsarereleased,BeijingGuoanisconsideredbytheoutsideworldtobe”signed”.ComparedwithotherSuperLeagueteamsparticipatingintheAFCChampionsLeague,Guoan’steam’sindicatorsarenotcompletelyclear,andtheonlyopponentthathasbeendeterminedisChiangRaiUnited.Theothertwoopponentsarestilloutstanding.ItshouldnotbeaproblemforSeoulFCtopassthequalifiers,butanotherJapaneseteamparticipatinginthequalifiershasnotbeendetermined:ifthethirdplaceoftheJLeague,KashimaAntlers,winstheMikadoCup,theywilldirectlyenterthemaingame,andthefourthplaceKawasakiforwardQualifyingstarts;ifKashimaAntlerscannotwintheEmperorCup,theywillparticipateintheAFCQualifying.  ForGenesio’steam,opponentsfromJapanandSouthKoreaarenotunfamiliar,andthematchwithThailand’sChiangRaiUnitedisareal”encounter.”ChiangRaiUnitedisthenewchampionoftheThaiSuperLeague.Inthe2019season,theybrokethemonopolyofBuriSouthUnitedandMengtongUnitedontheleaguetitleandwonthechampionshipforthefirsttimeinteamhistory.Althoughthisteam’sAFCChampionsLeagueexperienceisnotrich-theyonlysetfootintheAFCChampionsLeagueforthefirsttimein2018,theymetShanghaiShangganginthequalifyingroundandwereblockedfromthemaingame.However,itwasnoteasyforShanghaitowinatthattime,only1-0winathome.JudgingfromthecourseofwinningthechampionshipintheChiangRaiUnitedSuperLeague,ortheduelbetweentheAFCChampionsLeaguelastyearandShanghai-HongKong,themostimportantissueforGuoantoavoidistounderestimatetheenemy.  Fortunately,GuoanhasdrawnopponentsfromtheThaiSuperLeagueforthesecondconsecutiveyear,andshouldhavesomeexperienceinpreparingforthegame.TheothertwoteamsthatfinallyenteredtheracearenotthechampionteamsofJapanandSouthKorea.Thecrown”signshipping”isreallygood.2020isthefirstfullseasoncoachedbytheteamcoachGenesio.Therotationofthetwo-linecombat,theunderstandingofAsianopponentsandtheskillsandtacticsformulatedwillbringnewchallengestotheFrenchcoach.Inthe2019season,theGuoanteamlostalotintheAFCChampionsLeaguegroupjourneyandreplacedthepromotionknockout.Inthenewseason,underthe”blessing”ofgoodsigning,theGuoanpromotioncangofurther.  AFCChampionsLeagueNationalTeamscheduleFebruary11,2020BeijingGuoanVS(QualifyingTournamentTeam)February18,2020ChiangRaiUnited(Thailand)VSBeijingGuoanMarch3,2020BeijingGuoanVS(QualifyingTournamentPromotion)Team)April8,2020(QualifyingTournamentPromotionTeam)VSBeijingGuoanApril22,2020(QualifyingTournamentPromotionTeam)VSBeijingGuoanMay6,2020BeijingGuoanVSChiangRaiUnited(Thailand)Writtenby/SaunaZhouXiao