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Five memorable matches


Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Bank of Beirut goalkeeper Hussein Hamadani with teammates after beating Bluewave Chonburi - FCC 2018

Kuala Lumpur: 16 Asian teams will be vying for Continental glory when the 10th edition of the AFC Futsal Club Championship Thailand 2019 kicks off in Bangkok on August 7.


To mark its commemorative milestone, the-AFC.com celebrates the remarkable progress of club futsal in Asia.

Over the years, there were many classic encounters which saw entertaining draws or a shock result, here’s our pick of the top five.

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2010: Foolad Mahan Sepahan 5-2 Al Saad

Powered by the evergreen Vahid Shamsaee, Foolad Mahan Sepahan of Islamic Republic of Iran were a force to be reckoned in the inaugural AFC Futsal Championship Isfahan 2010.

Foolad Mahan reached the final unbeaten and were up against Qatar’s Al Sadd, who had Iranian Zahir Kamyab leading the charge for the West Asians.

Shamsaee and Kamyab amassed 15 goals each but it was Shamsaee who won the battle as his two goals in the final steered Foolad Mahan to a 5-2 victory with Kamyab having a quiet night at the Pirouzi Stadium.

Shamsaee went on to win the MVP and Top Goalscorer Award with 17 goals, two more than his countryman.


2015: Nagoya Oceans 2-2 MFC Emgek

Debutants MFC Emgek showed their goal scoring prowess on the court in the 2015 edition in Isfahan, Islamic Republic of Iran as they capped a strong run to advance to the knockout stage, a first for a Kygryz Republic side.

Paired alongside defending champions Nagoya Oceans of Japan and Uzbekistan’s Lokomotiv Tashkent, MFC Emgek flexed their muscles in their opener as they fired eight goals past Lokomotiv.

The Central Asians would go on to finish top of their group ahead of Oceans on goal difference following a thrilling 2-2 draw.

Rustam Ermekov put MFC Emgek in front after 10 minutes but his effort was cancelled out by Serginho Rodrigo’s strike four minutes later. Oceans would take a 2-1 lead through Kaoru Morioka four minutes from time but Ruslan Gafurov’s free-kick in the final minute earned MFC Emgek a valuable point.


2016: Nagoya Oceans 4-4 Naft Al Wasat (Nagoya won 6-5 on penalties)

Japan’s Nagoya Oceans edged Naft Al Wasat of Iraq in the final on penalties to lift their third AFC Futsal Club Championship crown, adding to the titles won in 2011 and 2014.

Oceans had a slow start to their 2016 campaign, picking up a point following their 2-2 draw against Vic Vipers and 3-1 defeat to Chonburi Bluewave, but the Japanese team squeezed into the knockout stage ahead of Vic Vipers on goal difference.

In the quarter-finals, Oceans defeated reigning champions Tasisat Daryaei 3-2 on penalties after their match ended 2-2 in normal regulation and went on to reach the final after defeating United Arab Emirates’ Dibba Al-Hisn 3-1.

It was an entertaining final that produced eight goals at the Bangkok Arena as the match went into penalties for the decider.

Oceans were perfect from the spot as goalkeeper Yushi Sekiguchi saved Saif Abdulmalek Mohammed’s penalty for the Japanese side to win 6-5 on penalties.


2017: Bluewave Chonburi 3-2 Sanaye Giti Pasand
Suphawut Thueanklang’s hat-trick in the 2017 final against Islamic Republic of Iran’s Sanaye Giti Pasand was the icing on the cake as Bluewave Chonburi clinched their second AFC Futsal Club Championship title in Ho Chi Minh CIty.

Chonburi, armed with Jirawat Sornwichian, Kritsada Wongkaeo, Rudimar Venancio and Thueanklang in their attacking arsenal, were flawless throughout the tournament scoring 24 goals in the run-up to the final.

They were up against a star-studded Giti Pasand, who were powered by two-time AFC Futsal Player of the Year Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh and Ahmad Esmaeilpour.

In the final, Thueanklang opened the scoring with two quick-fire goals in the 13th minute before Esmaeilpour and Hassanzadeh levelled the score two minutes after the restart.

Giti Pasand’s celebrations were short lived as Thueanklang curled his effort past goalkeeper Sepehr Mohammadi just seconds later to complete his hat-trick as Chonburi held on for the win.


2018: Bluewave Chonburi 7-7 Bank of Beirut (Bank of Beirut won 3-2 on penalties)

Goalkeeper Hussein Hamadani was the man of the hour when he inspired Bank of Beirut to a famous victory over defending champions Bluewave Chonburi as the Lebanon side advanced 3-2 on penalties following a 7-7 stalemate in normal regulation.

Bluewave Chonburi were chasing back to back titles and a historic third AFC Futsal Club Championship crown which would equal the number of titles won by Japan’s Nagoya Oceans.

Bank of Beirut flexed their muscles in the quarter-final against Chonburi to lead 6-4 at the break but the Thais came back fighting with Thueanklang scoring a hat-trick to give Chonburi a 7-6 lead. However, Brazil’s Bello scored a last-gasp goal to force a penalty shoot-out.

Hamadani came to Bank of Beirut’s rescue as the shot stopper saved Thueanklang’s spot-kick which paved the way for their victory as they converted all their penalties to win 3-2.

Bank of Beirut, however, lost in the semi-finals to Vietnam's Thai Son Nam and went on to finish third after defeating Iraq's

Bank of Beirut flexed their muscles in the quarter-final against Chonburi to lead 6-4 at the break but the Thais came back fighting with Thueanklang scoring a hat-trick to give Chonburi a 7-6 lead. However, Brazil’s Bello scored a last-gasp goal to force a penalty shoot-out.

Hamadani came to Bank of Beirut’s rescue as the shot stopper saved Thueanklang’s spot-kick which paved the way for their victory as they converted all their penalties to win 3-2.

Bank of Beirut, however, lost in the semi-finals to Vietnam's Thai Son Nam and went on to finish third after defeating Iraq's Naft Al Wasat 5-3.

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