Afro-Asian Club Championship

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Afro-Asian Club Championship
Founded 1986
Abolished 2000
Region Africa (CAF)
Asia (AFC)
Number of teams 2
Last champions Morocco Raja Casablanca
(1st title)[1]
Most successful club(s) Egypt Zamalek
(2 titles)[2]

The Afro-Asian Club Championship, sometimes referred to as the Afro-Asian Cup,[2] was a football competition endorsed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Asian Football Confederation (AFC), contested between the winners of the African Champions' Cup and the Asian Club Championship, the two continents' top club competitions. The championship was modelled on the Intercontinental Cup (organised by Europe's UEFA and South America's CONMEBOL football federations) and ran from 1987[3] to 1999.


The first two competitions held in 1986 and 1987 were contested over a single match; from 1988 until 1998 the competition was held in a two-legged tie format. The last winners were Moroccan side Raja Casablanca, who defeated South Korean side Pohang Steelers in 1998.

The competition was officially discontinued following a CAF decision on 30 July 2000, after AFC representatives had supported Germany in the vote for hosting the 2006 FIFA World Cup rather than South Africa (who eventually won the bid for the 2010 FIFA World Cup).

In February 2018, CAF President Ahmad Ahmad stated that CAF would consider re-introducing the competition.[4]

List of winners

dagger Match was won during extra time
# Match was won on away goals
* Match was won on a penalty shoot-out
List of Afro-Asian Club Championship finals
List of single match finals (1986–1987)
Year Country Team 1 Score Team 2 Country Venue Attendance Ref
1986  South Korea Daewoo Royals 2–0 FAR Rabat  Morocco Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, Riyadh 20 000 [5]
1987  Egypt Zamalek 2–0 Furukawa Electric  Japan Cairo International Stadium, Cairo 40 000
List of two-legged finals (1988–1998)
Year Country Team 1 Score Team 2 Country Venue Attendance Ref
1988  Japan Yomiuri 1–3 Al Ahly  Egypt Nishigaoka Stadium, Tokyo
 Egypt Al-Ahly 1–0 Yomiuri  Japan Cairo International Stadium, Cairo
Al Ahly won 4–1 on aggregate
1989  Algeria ES Sétif 2–0 Al-Sadd  Qatar 17 June Stadium, Constantine
 Qatar Al-Sadd 1–3 ES Sétif  Algeria Al Ahli Stadium, Doha
ES Sétif won 5–1 on aggregate
1990 Morocco Raja Casablanca and China Liaoning FC not held
1991 Algeria JS Kabylie and Iran Esteghlal not held
1992  Tunisia Club Africain 2–1 Al-Hilal  Saudi Arabia Stade El Menzah, Tunis
 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 2–2 Club Africain  Tunisia King Fahd International Stadium, Riyadh
Club Africain won 4–3 on aggregate
1993  Iran PAS Tehran 0–0 Wydad Casablanca  Morocco Azadi Stadium, Tehran
 Morocco Wydad Casablanca 2–0 PAS Tehran  Iran Stade Mohammed V, Casablanca
Wydad Casablanca won 2–0 on aggregate
1994  Egypt Zamalek 2–1 Thai Farmers Bank  Thailand El Mahalla Stadium, El-Mahalla El-Kubra
 Thailand Thai Farmers Bank 1–0 Zamalek  Egypt Kasikorn Bank Stadium, Bangkok
Thai Farmers Bank won on away goals after 2–2 on aggregate
1995  Thailand Thai Farmers Bank 1–1 Espérance  Tunisia Suphanburi
 Tunisia Espérance 3–0 Thai Farmers Bank  Thailand Stade El Menzah, Tunis
Espérance won 4–1 on aggregate
1996  South Africa Orlando Pirates 0–0 Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma  South Korea FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
 South Korea Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma 5–0 Orlando Pirates  South Africa Seoul Olympic Stadium, Seoul
Cheonan Ilhwa Chunma won 5–0 on aggregate
1997  South Korea Pohang Steelers 2–1 Zamalek  Egypt Pohang Steel Yard, Pohang [5][6]
 Egypt Zamalek 1–0 Pohang Steelers  South Korea Cairo International Stadium, Cairo
Zamalek won on away goals after 2–2 on aggregate
1998  South Korea Pohang Steelers 2–2 Raja Casablanca  Morocco Pohang Steel Yard, Pohang [1][6]
 Morocco Raja Casablanca 1–0 Pohang Steelers  South Korea Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca
Raja Casablanca won 3–2 on aggregate
1999 Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas and Japan Júbilo Iwata not held

Results by club

Country Club Winners Runners-up Years won[A] Years runner-up[A]
 Egypt Zamalek 2 1 1987, 1997[2] 1994
 Thailand Thai Farmers Bank 1 1 1994 1995
 South Korea Busan IPark[B] 1 0 1986
 Egypt Al Ahly 1 0 1988[7]
 Algeria ES Sétif 1 0 1989
 Tunisia Club Africain 1 0 1992
 Morocco Wydad Casablanca 1 0 1993
 Tunisia Espérance 1 0 1995
 South Korea Seongnam FC 1 0 1996[8]
 Morocco Raja Casablanca 1 0 1998
 South Korea Pohang Steelers 0 2 1997, 1998[6]
 Morocco FAR Rabat 0 1 1986
 Japan JEF United[C] 0 1 1987
 Japan Tokyo Verdy[D] 0 1 1988
 Qatar Al-Sadd 0 1 1989
 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal 0 1 1992
 Iran PAS Tehran 0 1 1993
 South Africa Orlando Pirates 0 1 1996

Results by country

Nation Winners Runners-up
 Egypt 3 1
 South Korea 2 2
 Morocco 2 1
 Tunisia 2 0
 Thailand 1 1
 Algeria 1 0
 Japan 0 2
 Iran 0 1
 Qatar 0 1
 Saudi Arabia 0 1
 South Africa 0 1

Results by method of qualification

Cup Winners Runners-up
African Champions' Cup / CAF Champions League 8 3
Asian Club Championship 3 8

Winning coaches

The following table lists the winning coaches of the Afro-Asian Club Championship.

Year Winning Club Coach
1986 South Korea Busan Daewoo Royals South Korea Lee Cha-Man
1987 Egypt Zamalek SC Egypt Essam Baheeg
1988 Egypt Al Ahly Germany Dietrich Weise
1989 Algeria ES Sétif Algeria Cheniti & Hadj Nour Eddine
1992 Tunisia Club Africain Tunisia Youssef Zouaoui
1993 Morocco Wydad Casablanca Russia Yuri Sebastianko
1994 Thailand Thai Farmers Bank Thailand Charnwit Polcheewin
1995 Tunisia Esperance Tunis Brazil Roberto di Baldos Amilton
1996 South Korea Ilhwa Chunma South Korea Lee Jang-soo
1997 Egypt Zamalek SC Netherlands Ruud Krol
1999 Morocco Raja Casablanca Argentina Oscar Fullone

See also


A. a b c d e For clarity, years given in the winners' list do not necessarily correspond to the years when matches were actually played. The finals were always held between the African Champions' Cup winners from the earlier calendar year (given year minus 1) and the Asian Champions' Cup winners who won the title in the previous season (given year minus 1/given year), e.g. the inaugural 1986 final was held between 1985 African Champions' Cup winners FAR Rabat and the 1985–86 Asian Club Championship winners Daewoo Royals. However, FIFA designates at least some of these titles according to the year when the final matches were held.[1][2]
B. ^ Korean club Busan IPark were known as Daewoo Royals until 2000.
C. ^ Japanese club JEF United Ichihara Chiba were founded as Furukawa Electric Soccer Club until 1991.
D. ^ Japanese club Tokyo Verdy were called Yomiuri FC from their foundation in 1969 until 1993.



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  2. ^ a b c d "Classic Clubs: Zamalek". FIFA. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
  3. ^ Weinberg, Ben (2015-05-22). Asia and the Future of Football: The Role of the Asian Football Confederation. Routledge. ISBN 9781317576310.
  5. ^ a b "Zamalek in Afro-Asian Cups". Retrieved 16 January 2010.
  6. ^ a b c "TP Mazembe-Pohang Steelers preview". FIFA. Archived from the original on 13 December 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
  7. ^ "Classic Clubs: Al Ahly Sporting Club". FIFA. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
  8. ^ "Classic Clubs: Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma". FIFA. Archived from the original on 2 April 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
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