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ACL spots for 2013 decided; China gets four

As mentioned earlier this week, the Asian Football Confederation has been meeting in Kuala Lumpar and deciding a number of issues regarding the upcoming year in Asian football, the most important to China being the number of spots it would get in the 2013 Asian Champions League.

China was originally scheduled to have three direct positions and one playoff position, but in the end the AFC decided to restore China’s four spots, meaning Guizhou Renhe will not need to qualify for the Champions League. The other three Chinese representatives will be Guangzhou Evergrande, Jiangsu Sainty, and Beijing Guoan. This year, the East Asia spots are to be divided up as follows:

Japan: 4 (all direct slots)
Korea Republic: 4 (all direct slots)
China: 4 (all direct slots)
Uzbekistan: 1 (direct slot)
Australia: 1+1 (direct+playoff)
Thailand: 1+1 (direct+playoff)

any changes to the number of foreigners is unlikely to take place during the 2013 ACL. The ACL draw is expected to take place on December 6th and we’ll have full coverage for you here at .

Brandon Chemers aka B. Cheng aka A Modern Lei Feng – is a name which may be familiar to many in the Chinese blogosphere. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Wild East Football and is one of the lonely souls writing about Chinese football in English for the last 10 years. Chemers' credentials are second to none – his former blog focused not only on the fortunes of his beloved Beijing Guoan FC, but a multitude of other aspects of Beijing life. He’s deservedly built a reputation in the Chinese blogosphere as an insightful observer of not only Chinese football, but also the wider picture of life in modern China and its many layers. For WEF, beyond writing about Guoan, he often focuses on fan culture and the business of Chinese football.

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  1. Damian Jones

    05/12/2012 at 12:53

    Also, Asian Powerhouse (these days less in terms of footballing ability but more their amazing fans) Urawa Reds have qualified for the ACL. Which Chinese club will be lucky enough to draw this amazing club in their group?

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