AFC Champions League 2016 and AFC Cup 2016
AFC Cup Play Off/ group Stage 2016 - Bengaluru FC
Mohun Bagan AC (IND) will play Tampines Rovers (SIN) in the East Zone’s Preliminary Stage One, the winners of which will clash with Shandong Luneng FC (CHN) in Preliminary Stage Two.
For AFC Champions League 2016 :-
The clubs who have qualified directly for the Group Stage are:
Saudi Arabia: Al Nassr, Al Hilal, Al Ahli
IR Iran: Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan, Zobahan, Tractorsazi Tabriz
Uzbekistan: Pakhtakor, Nasaf, Lokomotiv
UAE: Al Ain, Al Nasr
Korea Republic: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, FC Seoul, Suwon Samsung Bluewings FC
Japan: First, second and third clubs (TBC)
Australia: Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC
China: Guangzhou Evergrande Jiangsu Sainty
Thailand: Buriram United
Vietnam: Becamex Binh Duong
The clubs will be drawn into eight groups -- Groups A, B, C and D (West Zone) and Groups E, F, G and H (East Zone).
Preliminary Stage One – East Zone: January 27
Preliminary Stage Two – East Zone: February 2
Play-offs (West and East Zones): February 9
Group Stage: February 23 & 24 (MD1), March 1 & 2 (MD2), March 15 & 16 (MD3), April 5 & 6 (MD4), April 19 & 20 (MD5), May 3 & 4 (MD6)
Round of 16: May 17 & 18 (1st Leg), May 24 & 25 (2nd Leg)
Quarter-finals: September 13 & 14 (1st Leg), September 20 & 21 (2nd Leg)
Semi-finals: October 18 & 19 (1st Leg), October 25 & 26 (2nd Leg)
Finals: November 19 (1st Leg), November 26 (2nd Leg)
So can BFC or MMb make it to final this time ?
From AFC Website
Kuala Lumpur: The stage is set for the 2016 AFC Cup Group Stage official draw which will take place in Malaysia on December 10.
The draw will be held at the Hilton Petaling Jaya at 3pm (GMT +8) on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.
The Group Stage, which will kick off on February 23, will be preceded by the West Zone’s Play-off Stage which will see the matches of Al Hidd (BHR) v K-Electric (PAK), Tripoli Club (LIB) v FC Alay (KGZ), Al Wahda (SYR) v Turkmenistan’s second club (TBC) and Ahli Al Khalil (PLE) v FC Khujand (TJK). The four play-off winners will advance to the Group Stage - West Zone.
So it looks like they have 4 slots in AFC Cup vacant because of suspension of Kuwait and Indonesia Football Association. Somehow they still need playoffs for West Asia while East asia is fine.
Nice to see that one Pakistan Club has featured in AFC Cup playoffs and Dhanmondi Club of Bangladesh has reached Group Stage directly.