ACL group decided, play-off still a work in progress

Brisbane Roar has learned its potential AFC Champions League opponents should it win through February’s play-off match against Thailand FA Cup winners Buriram United.

Brisbane Roar has learned its potential AFC Champions League opponents should it win through February-s play-off match against Thailand FA Cup winners Buriram United.

The Hyundai A-League Champions were drawn into Group E of the 2013 ACL alongside Korean Champions FC Seoul, Japanese J-League runners-up Vegalta Sendai, and Chinese Super League runners-up Jiangsu Sainty.

What remains in doubt however is the date and location of Brisbane-s play-off match against Buriram.

With Hyundai A-League commitments and the unavailability of Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Roar has sought to move the play-off match to a mid-week date.

To change the match day date, both teams must agree to the change.

The Club is currently working closely with Football Federation Australia, Buriram United, the Thai FA and the Asian Football Confederation to arrive at an agreeable date and location for the potentially rescheduled fixture.

Brisbane Roar General Manager Sean Dobson said the club was confident a beneficial arrangement would be reached in the near future.

“All parties have worked tirelessly to come up with a viable solution since the announcement of the play-off scenario,” Dobson said.

“Our preference is to play the fixture in Brisbane, but at this stage we need to consider what result gives us the best opportunity to perform in both competitions simultaneously.

“Any potential changes have been discussed at length with the Football Department and we are determined to find a solution which gives us the greatest opportunity to succeed.”

The 2013 ACL will be Brisbane's second appearance in the competition, having made its debut in the 2012 edition, playing in the same group as eventual champions Ulsan Hyundai.