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Korea's Suwon Bluewings won the Asian Club Football Championship twice in 2001 and 2002.
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May 6, 2004

Mahindra go down to Dhoffar
Mahindra United were beaten 2-4 by Dhoffar Club of Oman in their second leg match.

East Bengal hold Geylang
Mike Okoro's goal gave the Kolkata giants a 1-1 draw in the Group 'E' match.

- Mahindra hold Al Wahda goalless
- East Bengal beat Negeri Sembilan
- Mahindra United down Dhoffar
- East Bengal win inaugural match
- East Bengal name team for AFC Cup match
February 24, 2004
Group EIsland FC vs Geylang0-5
February 25, 2004
Group AMuktijoddah vs Al Nijmeh0-1
Group AAl Shaab Ibb vs Nisa0-1
Group BDhofar vs Al Wahda1-1
Group CAl Jaish vs Nebitchi6-0
Group DValencia vs Home Utd0-3
Group DHappy Valley vs Perak1-2
Group EEast Bengal vs Negri Sembilan4-2
April 6, 2004
Group AAl Nijmeh vs Nisa3-1
Group DValencia vs Happy Valley2-1
Group DPerak vs Home Utd2-2
April 7, 2004
Group AAl Shaab Ibb vs Muktijoddah-
Group BMahindra United vs Al Wahda0-0
Group COlympic Beirut vs Nebitchi2-0
Group EIsland FC vs East Bengal1-2
Group ENegri Sembilan vs Geylang0-1
April 20, 2004
Group AMuktijoddah vs Al Shaab Ibb-
Group ANisa vs Al Nijmeh-
Group DHome Utd vs Perak-
April 21, 2004
Group BAl Wahda vs Mahindra United-
Group CNebitchi vs Olympic Beirut-
Group DHappy Valley vs Valencia-
Group EEast Bengal vs Island FC-
Group EGeylang vs Negri Sembilan-

Tournament Format

The AFC Cup is for clubs from "developing" national associations as categorised by the AFC's Vision Asia, the blueprint for the development of football in the continent.

Apart from giving clubs the chance to compete on a continental scale - and hopefully to improve by doing so - one of the key reasons for the new competition is to reduce the number of morale-crushing heavy defeats that have been commonplace in Asian club competition when the continent's lesser sides have come up against more experienced and established teams. In short, the AFC Cup should provide a more level playing field for its participants.

Twenty-eight teams from 14 countries were slated for the competition but clubs from Jordan, DPR Korea and Myanmar decided not to compete while Hong Kong and Oman are represented by only one team each.

The 20 competing teams have been split into five groups (three from west and south and central Asia; two from Asean and east Asia) with the tournament being played on a home-and-away basis, kicking off on February 11.

The group games will be played between February 11 and May 19. Eight teams (5 group winners and 3 group runners-up) will progress to the quarter-finals.

The knockout rounds of the AFC Cup will take place over two legs on a home-and-away aggregate score basis. The quarter-final take place on September 15 (first leg) and 22 (second leg), the semi-finals are on October 20 and 27, with the final on November 19 and 26.

Group AStandings
Al Sha'ab IbbYemen
Group BStandings
Mahindra UnitedIndia
Al Wahda SanaaYemen
Al WahdaSyria
Group CStandings
Olympic BeirutLebanon
Al JaishSyria
Group DStandings
Happy ValleyHong Kong
Home UnitedSingapore
Group EStandings
Negri SembilanMalaysia
East BengalIndia
Geylang UnitedSingapore
Island FCMaldives

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