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AFC Cup
AFC Cup
Founded 2004
Region Asia (Asia)
Tournament information
Current champions Lebanon Al-Ahed (1st title)
Number of teams 36
Most successful club Flag of Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya
Flag of Kuwait Al-Kuwait
(3 titles each)
Football current event Current
Website Official website

The AFC Cup is an annual continental club football competition organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Under its current rules, the competition is played primarily between clubs from nations that did not receive direct qualifying slots in the top-tier AFC Champions League, based on the AFC Club Competitions Ranking.

Al-Kuwait and Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya are the most successful club in the competition's history, having won three titles each. Clubs from Kuwait have won four titles, making them the most successful nation in the competition. Ever since the inauguration of the competition in 2004, the finalists of each edition have been dominated by clubs from West Asia until 2015 when the Malaysian team Johor Darul Ta'zim from East Asia became one of the finalists and became champions. Al-Ahed are the current champions after defeating April 25 Sports Club in the 2019 final.

History

The AFC Cup began in 2004 as a second tier competition to relate back to the AFC Champions League as 14 countries that had developing status competed in the first competition with 18 teams being nominated. Group A, B, C had West and Central Asian teams while the other two groups had east and South East Asia. The winners and three runners-up would then head to the knock-out stage where it was a random draw in who was going to play. Al-Jaish took the first AFC Cup after they defeated fellow Syrian opponents Al-Wahda on away goals.

In 2005, 18 teams competed from nine nations with the nations still being allowed to choose from one or two teams entering. After Syrian teams left the AFC Cup to try at the Champions League for four years, Al-Faisaly defeated Nejmeh in the final. With it, Jordanian teams would win the next two AFC Cup seasons with Bahrain joining the league while Bangladesh was relegated to the AFC President's Cup until the tournament's abolition in 2014.

Al-Muharraq would break the trend in 2008 as they competed in the last two-legged final before it headed back into a one-leg system which still runs to this day.

Results and statistics

Finals

List of AFC Cup finals
Year Nation Home team Score Away team Nation Venue Attendance
2004 Flag of Syria Syria Al-Wahda 2–3 Al-Jaish Flag of Syria Syria Flag of Syria Abbasiyyin Stadium, Damascus
Flag of Syria Syria Al-Jaish 0–1 Al-Wahda Flag of Syria Syria Flag of Syria Abbasiyyin Stadium, Damascus
Aggregate 3–3, Al-Jaish won on away goals
2005 Jordan Jordan Al-Faisaly 1–0 Nejmeh Lebanon Lebanon Jordan Amman International Stadium, Amman
Lebanon Lebanon Nejmeh 2–3 Al-Faisaly Jordan Jordan Lebanon Rafic El-Hariri Stadium, Beirut
Al-Faisaly won 4–2 on aggregate
2006 Jordan Jordan Al-Faisaly 3–0 Al-Muharraq Flag of Bahrain Bahrain Jordan Amman International Stadium, Amman 7,000
Flag of Bahrain Bahrain Al-Muharraq 4–2 Al-Faisaly Jordan Jordan Flag of Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa 3,000
Al-Faisaly won 5–4 on aggregate
2007 Jordan Jordan Al-Faisaly 0–1 Shabab Al-Ordon Jordan Jordan Jordan Amman International Stadium, Amman 5,500
Jordan Jordan Shabab Al-Ordon 1–1 Al-Faisaly Jordan Jordan Jordan Amman International Stadium, Amman 7,500
Shabab Al-Ordon won 2–1 on aggregate
2008 Flag of Bahrain Bahrain Al-Muharraq 5–1 Safa Lebanon Lebanon Flag of Bahrain Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa 6,000
Lebanon Lebanon Safa 4–5 Al-Muharraq Flag of Bahrain Bahrain Lebanon Sports City Stadium, Beirut 2,000
Al-Muharraq won 10–5 on aggregate
Year Nation of Winners Winners Score Runners-up Nation Venue Attendance
2009 Flag of Kuwait Kuwait Al-Kuwait 2–1 Al-Karamah Flag of Syria Syria Flag of Kuwait Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City 17,400
2010 Flag of Syria Syria Al-Ittihad 1–1 (aet)
(4–2 p)
Al-Qadsia Flag of Kuwait Kuwait Flag of Kuwait Jaber International Stadium, Kuwait City 58,604
2011 Flag of Uzbekistan Uzbekistan FC Nasaf 2–1 Al-Kuwait Flag of Kuwait Kuwait Flag of Uzbekistan Markaziy Stadium, Qarshi 15,753
2012 Flag of Kuwait Kuwait Al-Kuwait 4–0 Erbil Flag of Iraq Iraq Flag of Iraq Franso Hariri Stadium, Erbil 30,000
2013 Flag of Kuwait Kuwait Al-Kuwait 2–0 Al-Qadsia Flag of Kuwait Kuwait Flag of Kuwait Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium, Kuwait City 10,000
2014 Flag of Kuwait Kuwait Al-Qadsia 0–0 (aet)
(4–2 p)
Erbil Flag of Iraq Iraq Flag of the United Arab Emirates Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai 5,240
2015 Flag of Malaysia Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 1–0 Istiklol Flag of Tajikistan Tajikistan Flag of Tajikistan Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe 18,000
2016 Flag of Iraq Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 1–0 Bengaluru Flag of India India Flag of Qatar Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha 5,806
2017 Flag of Iraq Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 1–0 Istiklol Flag of Tajikistan Tajikistan Flag of Tajikistan Hisor Central Stadium, Hisor 20,000
2018 Flag of Iraq Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 2–0 Altyn Asyr Flag of Turkmenistan Turkmenistan Flag of Iraq Basra Sports City, Basra 24,665
2019 Lebanon Lebanon Al-Ahed 1–0 April 25 Flag of North Korea North Korea Flag of Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Stadium, Kuala Lumpur 500

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AFC Cup winners

2004: Flag of Syria Al-Jaish2005: Jordan Al-Faisaly2006: Jordan Al-Faisaly2007: Jordan Shabab Al-Ordon2008: Flag of Bahrain Al-Muharraq2009: Flag of Kuwait Al-Kuwait2010: Flag of Syria Al-Ittihad2011: Flag of Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi2012: Flag of Kuwait Al-Kuwait2013: Flag of Kuwait Al-Kuwait2014: Flag of Kuwait Al-Qadsia2015: Flag of Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim2016: Flag of Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya2017: Flag of Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya2018: Flag of Iraq Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya2019: Lebanon Al-Ahed

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