Roar's path to AFC 2018 Champions League Group Stage

Brisbane Roar's path to the Group Stage of the 2018 AFC Champions League was confirmed at the official draw in Kuala Lumpur recently.

Once again, the Roar must win two qualifying matches, one in Australia and another potential qualifier in China to progress to the Group Stage.

Brisbane will host either Myanmar's Shan United or the Philippines Football League champions Ceres FC on Tuesday, 23 January 2018.

Should Brisbane progress, a final qualifying match will take place away against Tianjin Quanjian, who finished third in the 2017 Chinese Super League, on Tuesday, 30 January 2018.

Brisbane qualified for the Group Stage of the 2017 AFC Champions League in identical fashion, defeating Filipino outfit Global FC before progressing with a historic win against Shanghai Shenhua.

Managing Director David Pourre said the Club is proud to be entering its fourth AFC Champions League campaign and are fully focused on qualifying for the Group Stage yet again.

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“We are honoured to represent Queensland for the fourth time in Asia’s elite football competition," Pourre said.

"Our Club is pleased that our home qualification game, which is in Preliminary Stage 2, will be played in Brisbane at the Queensland Sport & Athletics Centre on Tuesday, 23 January.

"We understand that mid-week games are not ideal for our supporters but we encourage all football fans to unite and support our Club on our journey to Asia."

If Brisbane qualify for the Group Stage for a second consecutive season, the Roar will be in Group E alongside Korean champions Jeonbuk Hyundai, Hong Kong Premier League champions Kitchee SC and another playoff winner.

Each side will play each other twice, once home and once away.

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The Roar will be hoping to join fellow Hyundai A-League sides Sydney FC, who have been drawn in Group H, and Melbourne Victory, who have been placed in Group F.