2018 AFC Champions League

The attacking player (No. 10) attempts to kick the ball beyond the opposing team's goalkeeper, between the goalposts, and beneath the crossbar (not shown) to score a goal.

The 37th edition of Asia's premier club football tournament organized by the Asian Football Confederation , and the 16th under the current AFC Champions League title.

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2017 Emperor's Cup

The 2017 edition of the annual Japanese national cup tournament, which began on 22 April 2017 and ended with the finals on 1 January 2018.

As a result of this win, Cerezo automatically qualified to the group stage of the 2018 AFC Champions League.

Kashima Antlers

The Kashima Antlers (鹿島アントラーズ) are a football club in Kashima, Ibaraki, currently playing in the J1 League, top tier of Japanese professional football leagues.

Leonardo Araújo, played for Kashima from 1994 to 1996
Outside the Kashima Soccer Stadium
Kashima players training at Azadi Stadium
Kashima Antlers celebrate after winning the 2018 AFC Champions League.

Kashima became Asian champions when they won their first and last AFC Champions League title in 2018.

2018 AFC Champions League Final

Two teams' coaches before the match
Persepolis fans during the match
People watching match at Tehran's Laleh Park

The 2018 AFC Champions League Final was the final of the 2018 AFC Champions League, the 37th edition of the top-level Asian club football tournament organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and the 16th under the current AFC Champions League title.

2017 J1 League

The 25th season of the J1 League, the top Japanese professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1993.

color_1 = gold| text_1 =Leader and Qualification to 2018 AFC Champions League group stage

Branko Ivanković

Croatian former footballer who played as a midfielder, and the current manager of the Oman national team.

Ivanković as Persepolis manager in 2019
Branko Ivanković during a Persepolis match
Ivanković in training with Persepolis at Derafshifar Stadium, 3 October 2015
Ivanković receiving IFF best manager award

AFC Champions League runner-up: 2018

Kitchee SC

Hong Kong professional football club based in Kowloon.

Kitchee squad in Macau ahead of a charity exhibition match in 1959.
Kitchee players lift the 2020–21 HKPL trophy.
Kitchee's first headquarters at 130 Johnston Road, Wan Chai.

Kitchee directly qualified 2018 AFC Champions League group stage through their HKPL title.

Diego Forlán

Uruguayan professional football manager and former player who played as a forward.

Forlán lining up with Uruguay in 2014
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Forlán (right) with Luis Suárez at the 2010 World Cup
Forlán in action at the 2011 Copa América final match

Forlán played in Kitchee's 1-0 victory over Kashiwa Reysol in the 2018 AFC Champions League, helping Kitchee to become the first-ever team from Hong Kong to win a match in AFC Champions League history.

Al Ain FC

Professional football club, based in the city of Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Serhiy Rebrov is the current head coach of Al Ain
Mohammed bin Zayed is the current club president.
Hazza bin Zayed, current Vice President.
Bruno Metsu Al Ain's most successful coach with 4 trophies.

AFC Champions League

Xavi

Spanish professional football manager and former player who is the manager of La Liga club Barcelona.

Xavi in 2016
Xavi (right) with Carles Puyol and Ronaldinho at NASA's Johnson Space Center in 2006
Xavi in action for Barcelona in 2008
Xavi (middle) with Barcelona teammates Carles Puyol (left) and Lionel Messi (right) in December 2011
Xavi as Barcelona captain in November 2012
Xavi playing for Al Sadd against Persepolis in April 2018
Xavi playing for Spain
Xavi at the 2010 FIFA World Cup
Xavi (left) turns away from Italy's Riccardo Montolivo in the Euro 2012 final
Xavi managing Al Sadd in an AFC Champions League match against Sepahan, 18 February 2020
Xavi would often evade players with a 360 degree turn (la pelopina), before finding a teammate with a pinpoint pass
Xavi and Spain captain Iker Casillas after winning the UEFA Euro 2012

AFC Champions League Fans' Best XI: 2018

Estádio Campo Desportivo

Multi-purpose stadium in Taipa, Macau, China.

On 5 September 2018, AFC announced that the stadium was host the 2018 AFC Champions League quarter final second leg between China's Tianjin Quanjian and Japan's Kashima Antlers on September 18.