A-League sides will once again face tough challenges in the 2018 Asian Champions League’s opening round.
The official group stage draw for the upcoming competition took place on Wednesday night, featuring 32 of the region’s elite teams.
As reigning A-League champions, Sydney FC were automatically placed in Group H with Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenua. Joining them are 2017 Japanese Super Cup winners Kashima Antlers, plus the winner of playoff one.
Already with their backs against the wall domestically, Kevin Muscat’s men were placed in Group F. Reigning J1 League champions Kawasaki Fontale will no doubt pose a difficult test, while Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai have previously raised the Asian Champions League trophy previously. The winner of playoff three will also join this group.
Having finished the 2017-18 A-League season in third place, Brisbane Roar will take part in a preliminary playoff against either Shan United of Myanmar or the winners of the Philippines Football League (who are yet ot be determined) in late January, before facing Tianjin Quanjian for a spot in the group stage.
Stay tuned to the Daily Football Show for coverage of all the Australian teams’ matches during the tournament.