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2021 AFC Champions League In Numbers


40 – The record number of teams that will compete in the 2021 AFC Champions League, with holders Ulsan Hyundai among the contenders. 
10 – The teams will be split into 10 groups, with five in the West Zone and five in the East Zone. UAE side Sharjah (above) are among the hosts. 
7 – Seven former winners will take part in the 2021 edition: Al Hilal, Al Sadd, Gamba Osaka, Guangzhou Evergrande, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, Pohang Steelers and Ulsan Hyundai.
16 – Al Hilal are making a record 16th appearance in the group stage, a total that would have been 17 was it not for their COVID-19 enforced withdrawal in 2020. 
1 – FC Goa (India), Al Wehdat (Jordan), FC Istiklol (Tajikistan) and United City (Philippines) will become the first sides from their respective countries to appear in the ACL. 
13 – The number of years since three-time AFC Cup winners Air Force Club of Iraq, who qualified after beating Al Wehda on penalties, last appeared in the group stage.
4 – It's been four years since 2008 winners Gamba Osaka featured in the tournament. They will return for the 10th time when the AFC Champions League (East) begins later this year. 
2 – Tampines Rovers will become just the second side from Singapore to compete in the group stage. The country was last represented by Singapore Armed Forces in 2010. 
7 – After defeating Al Gharafa in the playoff round, AGMK will become the seventh side from Uzbekistan to appear in the group stage.
10 – Qatar's Al Rayyan, managed by French legend Laurent Blanc, will attempt to reach the knockout rounds for the first time in their 10th appearance in the AFC Champions League group stage. 
3 – BG Pathum United are one of three sides from Thailand who will make their AFC Champions League debut, the others being Ratchaburi Mitr Phol and Port FC.
40 – The record number of teams that will compete in the 2021 AFC Champions League, with holders Ulsan Hyundai among the contenders. 
10 – The teams will be split into 10 groups, with five in the West Zone and five in the East Zone. UAE side Sharjah (above) are among the hosts. 
7 – Seven former winners will take part in the 2021 edition: Al Hilal, Al Sadd, Gamba Osaka, Guangzhou Evergrande, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, Pohang Steelers and Ulsan Hyundai.
16 – Al Hilal are making a record 16th appearance in the group stage, a total that would have been 17 was it not for their COVID-19 enforced withdrawal in 2020. 
1 – FC Goa (India), Al Wehdat (Jordan), FC Istiklol (Tajikistan) and United City (Philippines) will become the first sides from their respective countries to appear in the ACL. 
13 – The number of years since three-time AFC Cup winners Air Force Club of Iraq, who qualified after beating Al Wehda on penalties, last appeared in the group stage.
4 – It's been four years since 2008 winners Gamba Osaka featured in the tournament. They will return for the 10th time when the AFC Champions League (East) begins later this year. 
2 – Tampines Rovers will become just the second side from Singapore to compete in the group stage. The country was last represented by Singapore Armed Forces in 2010. 
7 – After defeating Al Gharafa in the playoff round, AGMK will become the seventh side from Uzbekistan to appear in the group stage.
10 – Qatar's Al Rayyan, managed by French legend Laurent Blanc, will attempt to reach the knockout rounds for the first time in their 10th appearance in the AFC Champions League group stage. 
3 – BG Pathum United are one of three sides from Thailand who will make their AFC Champions League debut, the others being Ratchaburi Mitr Phol and Port FC.
40 – The record number of teams that will compete in the 2021 AFC Champions League, with holders Ulsan Hyundai among the contenders. 
10 – The teams will be split into 10 groups, with five in the West Zone and five in the East Zone. UAE side Sharjah (above) are among the hosts. 
7 – Seven former winners will take part in the 2021 edition: Al Hilal, Al Sadd, Gamba Osaka, Guangzhou Evergrande, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, Pohang Steelers and Ulsan Hyundai.
16 – Al Hilal are making a record 16th appearance in the group stage, a total that would have been 17 was it not for their COVID-19 enforced withdrawal in 2020. 
1 – FC Goa (India), Al Wehdat (Jordan), FC Istiklol (Tajikistan) and United City (Philippines) will become the first sides from their respective countries to appear in the ACL. 
13 – The number of years since three-time AFC Cup winners Air Force Club of Iraq, who qualified after beating Al Wehda on penalties, last appeared in the group stage.
4 – It's been four years since 2008 winners Gamba Osaka featured in the tournament. They will return for the 10th time when the AFC Champions League (East) begins later this year. 
2 – Tampines Rovers will become just the second side from Singapore to compete in the group stage. The country was last represented by Singapore Armed Forces in 2010. 
7 – After defeating Al Gharafa in the playoff round, AGMK will become the seventh side from Uzbekistan to appear in the group stage.
10 – Qatar's Al Rayyan, managed by French legend Laurent Blanc, will attempt to reach the knockout rounds for the first time in their 10th appearance in the AFC Champions League group stage. 
3 – BG Pathum United are one of three sides from Thailand who will make their AFC Champions League debut, the others being Ratchaburi Mitr Phol and Port FC.

Kuala Lumpur: The 2021 AFC Champions League will get underway in West Asia on Wednesday with 20 sides facing two weeks of intense action as they battle it out for qualification to the knockout rounds. 

With the 20 remaining teams from East Asia set to begin their continental campaigns a little later in the year, the-AFC.com looks at some of the numbers that stand out ahead of the start of the 19th edition of the AFC Champions League.

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