Roar ready for AFC Champions League


Brisbane Roar faces trips to Japan, Korea Republic and possibly China or Thailand as it makes its return to the AFC Champions League in 2015.

The Hyundai A-League Champions were placed into Group G at tonight’s draw at AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Roar has confirmed home and away ties against Korea Republic’s Suwon Bluewings, this season’s K League runners-up. Bluewings are four-time Korean champions, although their last title was in 2008.

Their other opponents in the four-team group are not yet as clear cut but could include Thailand’s Bangkok Glass, who this week signed Roar captain Matt Smith.

Bangkok would need to beat a Round 1 qualifier (either Malaysia’s Johor Darul Ta’zim or Bengaluru of India) then defeat China’s Beijing Guoan in a sudden-death match on February 17 for a final place in Group G.

Beijing Guoan, who host that playoff, are the Chinese Super League runners-up who the Roar faced in the 2012 AFC Champions League campaign.

The other club in the group will likely be either Montedio Yamagata – if they win the Japan’s Emperor’s Cup Final on Sunday – or Urawa Red Diamonds, the J-League runners-up, should Gamba Osaka (who is already seeded into top place in Group F) take out the Cup final.

While the match days have been allocated by AFC – Matchday 1 is February 24/25 – the exact fixture for each match day is yet to be confirmed. Brisbane Roar will release details regarding fixtures and ticketing as soon as possible.