AFC Champions League 2011 Information

Melbourne Victory will open its AFC Champions League 2011 campaign against Japanese powerhouse and former champions Gamba Osaka on Tuesday, March 1 at Expo 170 Stadium in Osaka, Japan.

Melbourne Victory will open its AFC Champions League 2011 campaign against Japanese powerhouse and former champions Gamba Osaka on Tuesday, March 1 at Expo 170 Stadium in Osaka, Japan.

See below for details about our 3-Game Super Pass (call Ticketmaster on 136 100), or click here to purchase individual game tickets.

Victory finished second to Gamba Osaka in the group stage of their 2008 Champions League campaign, losing 4-3 to the Japanese giants in an epic group clash at Etihad Stadium and then 2-0 in their encounter in Osaka.

Gamba Osaka then went on to win the 2008 Champions League defeating another Hyundai A-League club, Adelaide United, in the final.

Melbourne, runners-up in the 2009-10 A-League season, and Gamba Osaka, runner-up in the J-League, have been placed in Group E alongside K-League runners-up Jeju United, who are making their first appearance in the competition, and Chinese Super League runners-up Tianjin Teda.

It will be Melbourne’s third attempt at qualifying for the knockout stages of Asia’s biggest club tournament, having fallen at the group stage in 2008 and 2010, while it will be the first time Sydney have participated in the tournament since 2007.

Gamba Osaka (JPN)

Gamba Osaka became the second Japanese club, after Urawa Reds, to win the AFC Champions League when they defeated Adelaide United 5-nil on aggregate to win the 2008 competition. They have qualified for the AFC Champions League in 5 of the last 6 seasons and share the record for the biggest win in competition history with Seongnam Ilhwa after hammering Vietnamese side Da Nang 15-nil in the group stages of the 2006 competition.
Tianjin Teda (JPN)
Under former China head-coach Arie Haan, Tianjin Teda secured their highest ever finish in the China Super League in 2010 when they were runners-up behind Shandong Luneng. They will be making only their second appearance in the AFC Champions League after a disappointing campaign in 2009 when they went out at the group stage after going winless in their first 4 games.

Jeju United (KOR)

Just a year after finishing second-last in the K-League, Jeju United affected a remarkable turnaround in 2010, finsihing runners-up to qualify for the AFC Champions League for the first time. Despite their disappointing loss to FC Seoul in the championship play-off, it was the best league performance since they relocated from the Seoul satellite city of Bucheon to Seogwipo on the southern island of Jeju on the eve of the 2006 season.

Melbourne Victory ACL fixtures:

Tues, March 1 – Gamba Osaka (Japan) v Melbourne Victory, Expo 170 Stadium, Osaka.

Tues, March 15 – Melbourne Victory v Jeju United (Korea) Docklands.

Tues, April 5 – Tianjin Teda (China) v Melbourne Victory, Tianjin Teda Football Stadium.

Wed, April 20 – Tianjin Teda v Melbourne Victory, Docklands.

Wed, May 4 – Melbourne Victory v Gamba Osaka, Docklands.

Wed, May 11 – Jeju United v Melbourne Victory, Jeju World Cup Stadium.

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3-Game Super Pass

To purchase a 3-game super pass, please call 136 100 only – these passes are no longer available online.
3-game Super Pass will be issued as paper tickets.
25% discount will already be applied to the Ticketmaster prices.
3-Game Super Passes will also be available to purchase at the venue at the 1st fixtured match on Tuesday, March 15, 2010.

Single-game tickets

Launch: Tuesday, February 22, 2010

*Member-s will receive 10% discount but will have to provide the barcode on their current membership card to purchase.

Call 136 100, visit a Ticketmaster outlet, or go to the Ticketmaster website