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    Potential Group Of Death Awaits Wanderers In ACL 2015.


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    The Western Sydney Wanderers face a potential Group of Death in Group H of the 2015 Asian Champions League, having been drawn alongside Guangzhou Evergrande of China, and potentially with Urawa Red Diamonds of Japan & FC Seoul of Korea.

     

    The draw took place this evening, with the big talking point for Australian followers being the draw of defending ACL Champions the Western Sydney Wanderers against Guangzhou Evergrande, the team the Wanderers defeated in a spiteful home & away tie on their fairytale run to the final. Evergrande qualified as the 2014 Chinese Super League champions and will be keen to avenge their defeat from last season.

     

    The teams who will contest the play-off for Group H will be FC Seoul who are seeded to the East 1 play-off game, with Ha Noi T&T of Vietnam facing up to Persib Bandung of Indonesia for the right to play the K-League 3rd placed side. The Koreans are no strangers to the Wanderers, having been defeated 2-0 on aggregate last year in the Semi-Final of the competition.

     

    The Japanese team in the group is yet to be confirmed. The Emperor's Cup of 2014 will be contested in a few days time, with J-League winners Gamba Osaka taking on 2nd Division Montedio Yamagata. Should an boilover occur the Wanderers will be joined by Urawa Red Diamonds, the club where Shinji Ono began his professional career. If the expected result comes to fruition then 3rd placed J-League side Kashima Antlers will take the spot, a team

    managed by legendard Brazilian defensive midfielder Toninho Cerezo.

     

    Brisbane Roar are in Group G, with only Suwom Bluewings of Korea confirmed in their group, their Japanese opponents will be either Montedio Yamagata or Urawa. The final spot will be contested via the Qualifier play-offs, between Beijing Guoan, Guangzhou R & F (both of China), Johor Darul Ta'zim of Malaysia and Bengaluru of India.

     

    The Central Coast Mariners are the final Australian team involved. They will play a do or die qualifying play-off on the 17th of February against either Bankgok Glass of Thailand, Yadanarbon of Burma or the Warriors of Singapore. If victorious the will enter Group F along with Gamba Osaka, Seongnam & Buriram United.

     

    The final group comprises of Jeonbuk Hyundai, Shandong Luneng, Binh Duong & the winner of qualifying play-off #2.

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    Don't kill me if this is wrong, but this is what it looks like to me:

     

    Japan qualifier - away - 28 Feb

    GE - home - 4 Mar

    E3 qualifier - away - 17 Mar

    E3 qualifier - home - 8 Apr

    Japan qualifier - home 21 Apr

    GE - away - 5 May

     

    The last game will be interesting if it decides a spot - prefer it here ;)

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    I'd be more worried about Urawa. They were top of the J-league for a while and their players aren't pushovers. Still gonna be a fun group, seeing as how we've already beaten 2 out of 3.

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    The thing now is that we don't have the element of suprise anymore, everybody know who we are and what we are about.

    But I'm yet to still see a team in asia beat us physically

    The difference is that they'll be coming up against the Asian Champions, this will be a big motivating factor. GE and FC Seoul will also want revenge on the ACL 14 campaign, especially GE. We should expect them to step up a few levels!

    Not sure if serious or not

     

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    Cue Hawks stepping up on this one!

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    Fabio cannavaro is nevergrande new coach, he is a humble guy, nothing like lippi, the man is loved worldwide for his humbleness :)

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    Fabio cannavaro is nevergrande new coach, he is a humble guy, nothing like lippi, the man is loved worldwide for his humbleness :)

    That's a shame... we want them arrogant and dismissive

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    Group of death love it fear none conquer all

    Hoping the RBB are busy making there next tifo for our home ACL match (AFC & Pirtek approved) with a new quote!

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    Group of death love it fear none conquer all

    Hoping the RBB are busy making there next tifo for our home ACL match (AFC & Pirtek approved) with a new quote!

     

     

    Feared none, conquered all. With a picture of NTS lifting the Club World Cup.

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    We can't defend what can't be taken, we can only start from the bottom and climb the mountain again

    Nice quote but sounds very insecure and very different from our previous tifo. It sort of says 'we got it, now don't criticise us if we flop'. We need something mean instead I reckon.

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    We can't defend what can't be taken, we can only start from the bottom and climb the mountain again

    Nice quote but sounds very insecure and very different from our previous tifo. It sort of says 'we got it, now don't criticise us if we flop'. We need something mean instead I reckon.

    Yep, we need something that was as forward thinking and inspirational as our first ACL one!

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    With apologies to Alfred, Lord Tennyson:-

     

    "Half A-League, half A-League, half A-League onward."

     

    That will get us up to 5th.

     

     

     

    (And yes I do realise this thread is about a different competition but once the line popped in to my head I just had to use it somewhere.)

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    We can't defend what can't be taken, we can only start from the bottom and climb the mountain again

    Nice quote but sounds very insecure and very different from our previous tifo. It sort of says 'we got it, now don't criticise us if we flop'. We need something mean instead I reckon.

     

    I see it more as to avoid complacency 

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    We beat Nevergrande over two legs.  We beat FC Seoul over 2 legs.  We are reigning ACL Champions.  We have not been unlucky to draw a group of death with them.  They have drawn a group of death with US!

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    We are playing Kashima Antlers in the group stage

    Damn, was looking forward to Uruwa Red, only heard good things about the atmosphere there!

    We beat Nevergrande over two legs.  We beat FC Seoul over 2 legs.  We are reigning ACL Champions.  We have not been unlucky to draw a group of death with them.  They have drawn a group of death with US!

    I feel we are at a disadvantage to last year, just not in the same form we were last year but I guess we will have some time over the AC enforced break to get some training under our belt and have a mini preseason to be ready for the second half of the season. I do hear what you're saying, but these teams playing against the reigning champions will get these teams bringing the best against us and GE will need no extra motivation in our two matches.

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    Pretty much we seem screwed from late Feb onwards with all these catch-up games added too! As someone posted above, our congested fixtures list is gonna look like this

     

    • 21 Feb - Adelaide (A)
    • 24 or 25 Feb - ACL Japan 3 (A)
    • 28 Feb - Sydney Derby (H)
    • 3 or 4 Mar - ACL Guangzhou Evergrande (H)
    • 8 Mar - Brisbane (A)
    • 11 Mar - City (H)
    • 13 Mar - Victory (H)
    • 17 or 18 Mar - ACL FC Seoul? (A)
    • 21 Mar - Newcastle (H)
    • 25 Mar - Brisbane (A)
    • 28 Mar - Perth (A)
    • 3 Apr - City (H)
    • 11 Apr - CCM (A)
    • 18 Apr - Adelaide (H)
    • 21 or 22 Apr - ACL Japan 3 (H)
    • 25 Apr - Perth (H)
    • 5 or 6 May - ACL Guangzhou (A)
    I feel sorry for our boys, I'm exhausted just looking at that fixture list particularly in March. There's gonna be very very short turn-arounds so I hope that they get some much-needed rest in January during the Asian Cup.
    Fuk

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    We need the woolpack and the collector to get these installed for the Antlers game

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    The collector already has one of these, except better ahahaha

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    Okay, the 2015 nrl draw has been announced so we know when the nrl games at pirtek are.

    just to add to more pressure on the stadium groundstaff.

    eels games at pirtek

    Friday 6th March

    Friday 27th march

    Saturday 11th April

    Sunday 10th May

     

    • our games at pirtek
    • 28 Feb - Sydney Derby (H)
    • 3 or 4 Mar - ACL Guangzhou Evergrande (H)
    • 11 Mar - City (H)
    • 13 Mar - Victory (H)
    • 17 or 18 Mar - ACL FC Seoul? (A)
    • 21 Mar - Newcastle (H)
    • 3 Apr - City (H)
    • 18 Apr - Adelaide (H)
    • 21 or 22 Apr - ACL Japan 3 (H)
    • 25 Apr - Perth (H)

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    Pretty much we seem screwed from late Feb onwards with all these catch-up games added too! As someone posted above, our congested fixtures list is gonna look like this

    • 21 Feb - Adelaide (A)
    • 24 or 25 Feb - ACL Japan 3 (A)
    • 28 Feb - Sydney Derby (H)
    • 3 or 4 Mar - ACL Guangzhou Evergrande (H)
    • 8 Mar - Brisbane (A)
    • 11 Mar - City (H)
    • 13 Mar - Victory (H)
    • 17 or 18 Mar - ACL FC Seoul? (A)
    • 21 Mar - Newcastle (H)
    • 25 Mar - Brisbane (A)
    • 28 Mar - Perth (A)
    • 3 Apr - City (H)
    • 11 Apr - CCM (A)
    • 18 Apr - Adelaide (H)
    • 21 or 22 Apr - ACL Japan 3 (H)
    • 25 Apr - Perth (H)
    • 5 or 6 May - ACL Guangzhou (A)
    I feel sorry for our boys, I'm exhausted just looking at that fixture list particularly in March. There's gonna be very very short turn-arounds so I hope that they get some much-needed rest in January during the Asian Cup.
    Fuk

     

    if FIFA's tight rain on the CWC wasn't draining enough for our boys, the wanderers march into the finals may be. 

     

    Oops not the pun thread. #sorrynotsorry

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