Glory’s AFC Asian Champions League opponents confirmed


Glory will face Chinese giants Shanghai Shenhua and Korean powerhouse Ulsan Hyundai in the club’s maiden AFC Asian Champions League appearance after the draw for the group stage of the competition was made at AFC House in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

The WA side have been drawn in Group F where they will also face the winner of Play-Off 3 between clubs representing Japan, Thailand, Philippines and Myanmar.

Glory’s opening game will take place on Tuesday 11 Febraury 2020 when Shanghai Shenhua will provide the opposition at HBF Park.

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So what do we know about our opponents?

Shanghai Shenhua

Shenhua booked their place in the ACL by beating Shandong Luneng 3-1 on aggregate over two legs to win the Chinese Cup.

Their squad includes Stephan El Shaarawy, formerly of Milan, Monaco and Roma, plus Nigerian international forward Odion Ighalo.

They finished 13th in the Super League in 2019.

Ulsan Hyundai

Nicknamed the Tigers, Ulsan were pipped to the K-League title on goal difference by Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in a dramatic finale to the 2019 campaign.

The 2012 Asian Champions League winners boast a strong squad which features ex-Glory man Jason Davidson and Brazilian striker Junior Negrao who was runner-up to Suwon’s Adam Taggart in the race for the 2019 K-League Golden Boot.

Play-Off 3 Winner

FC Tokyo will be the favourites to prevail in Play-Off 3, ahead of Thai side Port, Ceres-Negros from Philippines and Myanmar’s Shan United.

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