UAFA deny reports of Arabian Champions League relaunch

Recent reports about the possible return of the Arabian Champions League tournament in November are unfounded, a source at the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA) has told Sport360.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
30th August 2015

article:30th August 2015

Esperance (r) were the last team to win the ACL.
Esperance (r) were the last team to win the ACL.

Recent reports about the possible return of the Arabian Champions League tournament in November are unfounded, a source at the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA) has told Sport360.

The Arabian Champions League was discontinued in 2009 – after running in various guises since 1982 – because of disagreements over sponsorship.


Reports had surfaced suggesting the competition would return, but a source at the UAFA, made up of 22 nations from Asia and Africa, plus Turkey, told Sport360: “The Arabian Champions League will not return next season as published in the media.

"The UAFA is working on the return of the tournament but has yet to specify the official date for the return of the tournament ."

Iraqi club Al-Karkh is the most successful in the competition’s history, having won the trophy three years in a row between 1985 and 1987.

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The last Arabian Champions League saw Tunisian giants Esperance beat Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca in a two-legged final.

The current incarnations of regional football are the AFC Champions League across Asia and the less popular, and recently rebranded, GCC Champions League tournaments.


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