Roar's path to AFC Champions League clear

Brisbane Roar Football Club’s path to the AFC Champions League 2017 competition became clearer this week with the draw for the Group Stage taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Brisbane’s Hyundai A-League side must win two qualifying matches to progress to the Group Stages of this year’s AFC Champions League.

The Roar will play against Filipino club Global F.C. or Singaporean outfit Tampines Rovers FC at Suncorp Stadium on Tuesday, 31 January, 2017.

Should Brisbane progress, a final qualifying match will take place away to Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua on Tuesday, 7 February, 2017.

The opportunity for Brisbane to once again compete in the AFC Champions League competition is an exciting proposition, but Managing Director Mark Kingsman says the Club’s focus is only on qualifying for the Group Stage.

“Our sole focus is now to qualify and our Club and playing group are excited by the challenge,” he said.

If Brisbane Roar FC qualify, the Club will be in Group E alongside Japanese J-League title winners Kashima Antlers, Thai Champions Muangthong United & a playoff winner which is still to be determined between sides from Hong Kong, Korea Republic and Vietnam. 

Each side will play each other at home and away once.

The Roar will be hoping to join fellow Hyundai A-League sides Adelaide United and Western Sydney Wanderers in the AFC Champions League Eastern Conference, which consists of 16 sides made up of four groups of four teams.