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Old 21-11-06, 01:40 PM   #1
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Yahoo! Champions League here we come!

My local team Adelaide United has just been confirmed as entrants in the 2007 Asian Champions League! Them and Sydney FC will be the first Australian teams to represent the country in Asian competition.

Can't wait to go to mid-week CL games!

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AFC confirm Sydney and Adelaide
Tuesday, 21 November, 2006 - 10:22PM



The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Competitions Committee today confirmed that Sydney FC and Adelaide United would be Australia's entrants in the 2007 AFC Champions League.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) had lobbied for the AFC to change the competition regulations to allow the current season's Hyundai A-League Champion and Premier (Grand final runner-up if Champion and Premier are the same) to compete in the 2007 AFC Champions League.

However the competitions committee has ruled that Sydney FC, as the Hyundai A-League 2005/06 Champions, and Adelaide United, as the Hyundai A-League 2005/06 Premiers, will be the two Australian clubs that will participate in the 2007 AFC Champions League.

"We are obviously disappointed, but we accept and understand the AFCís Competition Committees decision," said FFA Head of Operations Matt Carroll.

"It was the FFA's initial understanding that it would be this season's (Hyundai A-League 2006/07) Premier and Champion who would be entered into the AFC Champions League which has always been our preference.

"However once we discovered that the AFC intended to nominate Sydney FC and Adelaide United we have lobbied for change so that it would be this season's Champion and Premier."

"Whilst the Premier and Champion from the Hyundai A-League 2006/07 season will not participate in the 2007 AFC Champions League, they will however be eligible for the 2008 AFC Champions League.

"Sydney FC and Adelaide United will now get the support of the FFA and we are hopeful they will achieve success as our representatives in Asia's most prestigious club competition.

ďAs the AFC Champions League is not a competition run by the FFA we have not been able to change the regulations in this instance, but we will continue to lobby the competitions committee in the hope that the rules will be adjusted in time for the 2009 AFC Champions League."

"We look forward to working with the AFC for the ongoing improvement and advancement of the AFC Champions League competition," ," concluded Carroll.

The 2007 AFC Champions League commences on 7 March 2007 with the final to be played over two legs on 7 November and 14 November 2007.

The FFA also confirmed that any prize money won by the two Australian clubs would be split amongst all eight (8) of the Hyundai A-League teams.
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Old 21-11-06, 01:44 PM   #2
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Good news.

Hopefully a few decent games at Hindmarsh from next March.

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