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2012 AFC Champions League draw announced

The draw for the 2012 Asian Football Confederations Champions League has taken place in Kuala Lumpur.

Eight groups of four teams will battle it out to be crowned Asian club football champions with the competition set to kick-off on Tuesday March 6, 2012.

A-League champions Brisbane Roar have drawn favourably in Group F alongside Ulsan Hyundai, Beijing Guoan and the winner of Japan's Emperor's Cup which is yet to be determined.

Runners-up Central Coast Mariners are in Group G with Korean FA Cup champions Seongnam Ilhwa who have Australian international Sasa Ognenovski in tow, as well as Josh Kennedy's Nagoya Grampus and Chinese FA Cup winners Tianjin Teda whilst Adelaide United have drawn Group E with Japan's Gamba Osaka, Uzbekistan's Bunyodkor and the winner of the play-off between third-placed K-League outfit Pohang Steelers and the Thai FA Cup champions.

2012 AFC Champions League group stage

Group A Al Rayyan (QAT) Al Jazira (UAE) Nasaf (UZB) Play-Off Winner West 2 (Esteghlal/Zob Ahan v Al Ettifaq)

Group B Al Ittihad (KSA) Al Arabi (QAT) Baniyas (UAE) Pakhtakor (UZB)

Group C Sepahan (IRN) Al Ahli (KSA) Lakhwiya (QAT) Al Nasr (UAE)

Group D Play-Off Winner West 1 (Al Shabab v Neftchi Farg'ona) Piroozi (IRN) Al Hilal (KSA) Al Gharafa (QAT)

Group EGamba Osaka (JPN) Adelaide United (AUS) Bunyodkor (UZB) Play-Off Winner East (Pohang Steelers v Thai FA Cup winner)

Group F Ulsan Hyundai Horang-I (KOR) Emperor's Cup Winner (JPN) Brisbane Roar (AUS) Beijing Guoan (CHN)

Group GTianjin Teda (CHN) Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (KOR) Nagoya Grampus (JPN) Central Coast Mariners (AUS)

Group H League Champion (THA) Guangzhou Evergrande (CHN) Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (KOR) Kashiwa Reysol (JPN)

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