International football stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Sadio Mane, Brozovic, Kante, Savic and Neves, and other famous names in the world of the round witch, imposed their presence strongly in the Asian competition with Al-Hilal, Al-Nasr and Al-Ittihad clubs, where they led their teams to grab the lead in the third, fourth and fifth group competitions, along with Al-Fayhaa team, which is participating for the first time in this continental championship, and grabbed second place with 9 points.
The strong qualification of Saudi teams reinforces a strong desire to go far, seriously compete for the AFC Champions League title, and lead the continent.
For reference, the leadership of 3 teams in the group stage gives Saudi football ambassadors the first classification of West Asian teams, as each of the "leader", "global" and "Brigadier" guaranteed the presence in the first classification during the draw for the next round, which will be held on December 28 in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, while Al-Fayhaa team will be in the second classification with Nasaf and Nafbakhour from Uzbekistan and Iranian Sebhan.
A great success for Saudi football
The sweep of Saudi teams to the round of 16 of the AFC Champions League confirms the great potential of Saudi clubs, and the clear technical addition provided by a group of international football stars, which constitutes a strong boost to the Asian competition by watching big stars in the rest of the journey, and the continued excitement and suspense in the stadiums.
After three teams, Al-Hilal, Al-Shabab and Al-Faisaly, succeeded last season in reaching the round of 3, Saudi football ambassadors are working this year, which increases their chances of competing for the championship title.
It is noteworthy that Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia leads the Asian clubs, as the most crowned Asian champions with 4 titles.
New Asian Number for Al Ain Al Emarat
With regard to the harvest of the UAE clubs in the Asian Championship, which entered the group stage with two teams, only Al Ain managed to continue the journey, in the same scenario last year when only Shabab Al Ahli qualified for the round of 16, while Sharjah and Al Jazira said goodbye to the race early.
Al Ain achieved an unprecedented record in its continental record, when it collected 15 points for the first time in its group stage.
It is noteworthy that the Sharjah team, the second representative of UAE football in this edition, finished third in Group B with only 8 points.
Qatari clubs decline
Qatari teams recorded a significant decline in the current edition of the AFC Champions League, after Al Sadd and Al Duhail failed to get past the group stage, knowing that the share of Qatari clubs in the continental championship fell to half this season, from 4 seats previously.
Thus, Qatari football is absent from the round of 16, after it was represented last year by two teams, Al-Rayyan and Al-Duhail.
Failure of the representatives of Jordan and Iraq
Since joining the AFC Champions League, Jordan and Iraq have not achieved any positive results and stopped at the group stage.
Since 2019, Iraqi teams have not succeeded in making it past the group stage, despite the differences between Iraqi football ambassadors.
Although the Iraqi Air Force performed well in this edition, and won 10 points in the third group competitions, it did not succeed in qualifying for the round of 16, as the Iranian team Sephan snatched the card despite the equal number of points, taking advantage of the advantage of the goals scored.
As for the Jordanian teams, which entered the continental championship in 2021, they did not succeed this season in reaching the round of 16, as Jordan's Al-Faisaly was content with last place in Group B with 6 points.