IT IS easy to forget that Europe does not have a monopoly on Champions league competitions. Here’s the latest situation in the other confederations.
The last 16 starts on August 8 and finishes towards the end of that month. There are six teams from Argentina, six from Brazil, two from Paraguay and one apiece from Chile and Colombia. Holders Grêmio of Brazil are still involved and will meet Estudiantes of Argentina.
There is another Argentina-Brazil clash in Independiente v Santos, while two Brazilian sides, Flamengo and Cruzeiro, have been drawn together. There is also an all-Argentina clash in Racing v River Plate.
AFC Champions League
Asia has reached the quarter-final stage, which will be played at the end of August and mid-September. South Korea, Iran and Qatar have two clubs apiece with Japan and China also represented. The two South Koreans, Jeonbuk Motors and Suwon Bluewings, have been drawn against each other. Japan and China meet headlong with Kashima Antlers and Tianjin Quenjian battling it out for a semi-final berth. The other ties are Al Duhail (Qatar) v Persepolis (Iran) and Esteghial (Iran) v Al Sadd (Qatar).
CAF Champions League
Africa’s competition is still in the group stage. Holders Wydad Casablanca of Morocco are top of their section, but are being pushed by Guinea’s Horoya. Étoile Sportive du Sahel of Tunisia are looking good in their group, while DR Congo’s TP Mazembe are the only team across the competition with a 100% record.
Oceania and CONCACAF
Team Wellington of New Zealand have won the OFC Champions League. Guadalajara were the winners of the CONCACAF competition. Both will play in the FIFA Club World Cup later this year.
Photo: Suwon fans. Jesse Marks CC BY-NC 2.0