AFC Cup Final 2016 : Air Force Club, Iraq Vs Bengaluru FC - November 5th

MaddieMaddie ಮೈಸೂರು(Mysuru) / Canada2975 Points
The 2016 AFC Cup is the 13th edition of the AFC Cup, This final will be played between Air Force Club(Iraq) and Bengaluru FC(India). History doesnt support the East Asian teams but this was broken by JDT in 2015 after winning the 2015 AFC Cup. Kuwait SC are the most successful club in the competition's history, having won three titles. Clubs from Kuwait have won four titles, making them the most successful nation in the competition. 

Bengaluru FC is the first Indian club to be in the final, will give it all to fight against the Iraqi club. Bengaluru FC is riding on the confidence after beating the defending champions JDT convincingly in the 2nd leg of semi final 3-1. Iraqi Air force club came from behind to win the game 3-2 against Lebanon Ahed FC.  This final will be keenly contested at Neutral venue  due to security concerns in Iraq. May the best team in the game but heart Says Namma Bengaluru all the way !!!! 

Air Force Club, Iraq - A club based in Baghdad, Current Iraq FA Cup champions. 

Road to Final : 

Group Stage : 

After being runner up in the Iraqi PL, qualified for AFC Cup. In the draw, Club was in group C along with Wadha FC, Shabab Al-Dhahiriya and Oruba.  Dominating performance in the group stage winning 5 games and losing one game to Wadha FC in away tie , topped the group with 15 points

Round of 16 - AIR FORCE CLUB 2-1 AL WEHDAT

After topping Group C with 15 points and they showed that same form in the early stages of the match in Doha as Hassan opened the scoring on 13 minutes. Goals from Mohammed Hassan and Hammadi Ahmed were enough to see Iraq’s Air Force Club into the AFC Cup quarter-finals following a 2-1 victory over Jordan’s Al Wehdat at Saoud Bin Abdulrahaman Stadium.  

Quarter Final -   AIR FORCE CLUB 5-1 AL JAISH (2 Legs)

A ruthless second-half performance saw Air Force Club book their place in the semi-finals of the 2016 AFC Cup  as goals from Bashar Resan, Amjed Rahdi, Hammadi Ahmad and Emad Mohsin earned the Iraqi club a 4-0 win in their second-leg meeting with Syria’s Al Jaish to complete a 5-1 aggregate success after drawing the first leg 1-1

Semi Final -  

Air Force Club of Iraq will feature in November's 2016 AFC Cup final after they defeated Lebanon’s Al Ahed FC 3-2 on 18-Oct -16 at Sports City Stadium to complete a 4-3 aggregate victory.Having drawn the first leg 1-1 in Doha, the Iraqi Premier League side were twice behind in Beirut courtesy of first-half goals from Nour Mansour and Hassan Chaito but they hauled themselves back on level terms each time through first Hammadi Ahmed and then an own-goal from Mansour.

Player to watch - 

Hammadi Ahmad - scored mammoth 15 goals in AFC Cup 2016 so far.



  • MaddieMaddie ಮೈಸೂರು(Mysuru) / Canada2975 Points
  • samiamsamiam 1614 Points
    Well BFC has a better chance of an upset than our NT vs Iraq 
  • NagendraNagendra Rajahmundry, A.P6569 Points
    ;Maddie ..

    Nice details on opponent...

    But why are you just highlighting them.. May you could have included their weak points as well.. Also there are no details on BFC...

    I agree their attack is Strong and Hammadi Ahmad is top scorer... But their defense is pretty much sloppy...

    If Al Ahed FC can chip-in 3 scores.. why can't BFC score... Also agree that Iraq clubs are strong and difficult to predict.. But its better to face Iraqi clubs instead of facing Kuwait or Uzbek clubs in final...

    As it is neutral venue for both the clubs... Chances are equal.. If marketed well, Indian fans will out-number Iraqi fans by considering Indian population in Qatar... Also 2016 Iraqi league concluded, this team finished in 4th position after losing 3 games in final round...

    BFC is pretty much dominated SF home leg against JDT... mainly offense wise.... One good day and similar performance in final.. Then we are AFC 2016 Cup champions..... BFC should aim for 1st position.. Let's hope for the best and history awaits...
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  • Irrespective of what the outcome may be, one thing is sure BFC will play to win. This is a huge stage to give your all
  • NagendraNagendra Rajahmundry, A.P6569 Points

    Please attend in numbers(with family and friends)..... also kindly promote this game in gulf region mainly in Qatar...

    If I'm in INDIA, would have tried to attend...

    BFC players proved that with support,,, they can do wonders... Agree that JDT missed 2 key players... But JDT is no puppet... They are AFC Cup 2015 champions ( Lucky in 2015 SF ).... But still reaching SF in successive years is not a joke and they are best team in our region and BFC ripped them in SF.... 

    I hope we will win the Cup.... With similar performance in final.. It is possible... Eagerly waiting for final match...

    In worst case.. I'm fine with 2nd position as well... Nevertheless BFC done a good job...
  • MaddieMaddie ಮೈಸೂರು(Mysuru) / Canada2975 Points
    Road to final of BFC,  I will write after back to home after 11 PM today. Please spare me, Then we will discuss  SWOT analysis in the preview
  • NagendraNagendra Rajahmundry, A.P6569 Points
    thanks Maddie ..

    If possible, please try to include those details in first comment itself.. not sure if you will have permission to edit the comment... we can check with admins... To be frank... it doesn't look good.. I mean highlighting opponent... also better to minimize the font of Hammadi Ahmad... 
  • munna219777munna219777 28514 Points
    edited October 2016
    We need to put Venue, date and Time of the Final match in the first post of the thread.

  • munna219777munna219777 28514 Points
    When Asian Cup 2011 was organised in Qatar, Indian fans came to stadium in huge numbers - especially the Malappuram fans. BFC should engage with Indian community there this time.
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