Thai teams are drawn into tough groups (December 18, 2007)



Thai teams have been drawn into tough groups for next year's AFC Champions League.


League Champions Chon Buri are in Group G where they will face Australian champions Melbourne Victory, Gamba Osaka of Japan and South Korea's Chunnam Dragons.


Krung Thai Bank are in Group F where they will come up against Beijing Guoan of China, Vietnam's Nam Dinh and Japan's Kashima Antlers.


The top team from each of seven groups qualifies for the quarter-finals alongside reigning champions Urawa Reds of Japan. The group matches begin on March 12.

DRAW

Group A: Sepahan (IRN), Kuruvchi (UZB), Al Ittihad (KSA), Al Ittihad (SYR)

Group B: Al Washl SC (UAE), Saipa FC (IRN), Kuwait SC (KUW), Al Quwa Al Jawiya (IRQ)

Group C: Al Sadd FC (QAT), Al Wahda (UAE), Al Karama (SYR), Al Ahli (KSA)

Group D: Pakhtakor (UZB), Al Gharafa (QAT), Arbil (IRQ), Al Qadsiya SC (KUW)

Group E: Changchun Yatai (CHN), Adelaide United (AUS), Pohang Steelers (KOR), Bicamex Binh Duong (VIE)

Group F: Krung Thai Bank (THA), Beijing Guoan (CHN), Nam Dinh (VIE), Kashima Antlers (JPN)

Group G: Melbourne Victory (AUS), Chonburi FC (THA), Gamba Osaka (JPN), Chunnam Dragons (KOR)