India may not be among the many high soccer nations on this planet however the craze for the sport is large within the nation. The likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, and so forth. have large fan following within the nation. So far as Ronaldo is worried, not a lot of his followers had predicted that the Portuguese famous person would go on to play within the Saudi Professional League. However, his Indian followers are sort of grateful as the truth that Ronaldo performs for Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia offers them the prospect of doubtless seeing Ronaldo play in Mumbai.
Because the draw for the Asian Soccer Confederation (AFC) Champions League 2023/24 Group Stage draw takes place on the AFC Home in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, there stays a very good probability that Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr could possibly be drawn in the identical group as Indian Tremendous League’s Mumbai Metropolis FC.
All it’s essential to find out about AFC Champions League Group Stage Draw:
Divided into 10 teams of 4, the draw will witness groups from the West Zone drawn into Teams A to E whereas the contestants within the East Zone will discover their locations in Teams F to J.
Of the 40 taking part groups, the berths of 32 contenders had been confirmed beforehand whereas the remaining eight slots have been determined by the Playoff Stage. Owing to the precept of nation safety, golf equipment from the identical Member Affiliation (MA) is not going to be drawn into the identical group.
The West Zone will see 4 former champions, specifically Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal SFC and Al Ittihad, Al Ain FC from the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar’s Al Sadd SC try to reclaim the Continental throne.
Indian Tremendous League (ISL) league winners Mumbai Metropolis FC, who will probably be representing the nation on the AFC Champions League for the second time, have been drawn in Pot 3 alongside Al Faisaly (JOR), FC Istiklol (TJK), Air Power Membership (IRQ), and Ahal FC (TKM).
In the meantime, within the East Zone, defending champions Urawa Pink Diamonds from Japan to hitch the ranks of former champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC, Ulsan Hyundai FC, and Pohang Steelers within the ACL Group Stage after a victory within the playoff spherical.
The pots for taking part golf equipment within the AFC Champions League 2023/24 Group Stage Draw are:
Pot 1: Al Ittihad (KSA), Persepolis FC (IRN), Al Sadd SC (QAT), Pakhtakor (UZB), Al Hilal SFC (KSA)
Pot 2: Sepahan SC (IRN), Al Duhail SC (QAT), FC Nasaf (UZB), Al Fayha FC (KSA), Nassaji Mazandaran FC (IRN)
Pot 3: Al Faisaly (JOR), FC Istiklol (TJK), Air Power Membership (IRQ), Ahal FC (TKM), Mumbai Metropolis FC (IND)
Pot 4: Al Ain FC (UAE), Al Nassr (KSA), Sharjah FC (UAE), AGMK FC (UZB), Navbahor (UZB)
Pot 1: Ulsan Hyundai FC (KOR), Yokohama F. Marinos (JPN), Wuhan Three Cities FC (CHN), Buriram United (THA), Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC (KOR)
Pot 2: Ventforet Kofu (JPN), Shandong Taishan FC (CHN), Bangkok United (THA), Pohang Steelers (KOR), Kawasaki Frontale (JPN)
Pot 3: Hanoi FC (VIE), Kaya FC-Iloilo (PHI), Johor Darul Ta’zim (MAS), Melbourne Metropolis FC (AUS), Lion Metropolis Sailors (SGP)
Pot 4: Kitchee SC (HKG), Incheon United FC (KOR), Urawa Pink Diamonds (JPN), Zhejiang FC (CHN), BG Pathum United (THA)
Following the competition between the Asian powerhouses within the Group Stage, the ten group winners together with the three finest runners-up of every Zone will guide their locations within the Knockout Phases, which can happen from February to April earlier than the coveted Ultimate is held over two legs on Might 11 and 18, 2024.
The AFC Champions League Group Stage Draw will probably be held at 1:30 PM IST.
With ANI inputs
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