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The AFC Cup In Numbers


62,198 – Persija Jakarta's Gelora Bung Karno Stadium holds the highest attendance record. The hosts lost their 2018 ASEAN Zonal semi-final against Singapore's Home United. 
35 – The number of goals scored by the AFC Cup's all-time leading scorer Bienvenido Marañón during five campaigns with Ceres Negros. 
3 – Iraq's Air Force Club are the only side to go back-to-back-to-back after a remarkable 'three-peat' between 2016 and 2018.
5 – The 2019 champions Al Ahed are one of five former winners who will appear in the 2021 edition, the others being Al Faisaly, Al Muharraq, Kuwait SC and Nasaf.
1 – Nasaf became the first team outside West Asia to win the competition when they were crowned champions in 2011. The Uzbek side will return for the first time since in 2021. 
2015 – The year that the AFC Cup went to ASEAN as Malaysia's Johor Darul Ta'zim created history by defeating Tajikistan's FC Istiklol 1-0 in the final. 
19 – The record haul of goals scored by Al Muharraq's prolific Brazilian Rico during their triumphant 2008 campaign.
4 – But when it comes to goals per game, no one can touch Hernan Barcos, who scored four times in his only AFC Cup appearance for Bangladesh's Bashundhara Kings in 2020. 
4 – Kuwait boasts more AFC Cup titles than any other country, with Kuwait SC (3) and Qadsia SC (1) the country's two continental champions. 
12 – No side has appeared in more editions of the AFC Cup than Tampines Rovers, with the Singaporean team entering 12 times between 2005 and 2020.
62,198 – Persija Jakarta's Gelora Bung Karno Stadium holds the highest attendance record. The hosts lost their 2018 ASEAN Zonal semi-final against Singapore's Home United. 
35 – The number of goals scored by the AFC Cup's all-time leading scorer Bienvenido Marañón during five campaigns with Ceres Negros. 
3 – Iraq's Air Force Club are the only side to go back-to-back-to-back after a remarkable 'three-peat' between 2016 and 2018.
5 – The 2019 champions Al Ahed are one of five former winners who will appear in the 2021 edition, the others being Al Faisaly, Al Muharraq, Kuwait SC and Nasaf.
1 – Nasaf became the first team outside West Asia to win the competition when they were crowned champions in 2011. The Uzbek side will return for the first time since in 2021. 
2015 – The year that the AFC Cup went to ASEAN as Malaysia's Johor Darul Ta'zim created history by defeating Tajikistan's FC Istiklol 1-0 in the final. 
19 – The record haul of goals scored by Al Muharraq's prolific Brazilian Rico during their triumphant 2008 campaign.
4 – But when it comes to goals per game, no one can touch Hernan Barcos, who scored four times in his only AFC Cup appearance for Bangladesh's Bashundhara Kings in 2020. 
4 – Kuwait boasts more AFC Cup titles than any other country, with Kuwait SC (3) and Qadsia SC (1) the country's two continental champions. 
12 – No side has appeared in more editions of the AFC Cup than Tampines Rovers, with the Singaporean team entering 12 times between 2005 and 2020.
62,198 – Persija Jakarta's Gelora Bung Karno Stadium holds the highest attendance record. The hosts lost their 2018 ASEAN Zonal semi-final against Singapore's Home United. 
35 – The number of goals scored by the AFC Cup's all-time leading scorer Bienvenido Marañón during five campaigns with Ceres Negros. 
3 – Iraq's Air Force Club are the only side to go back-to-back-to-back after a remarkable 'three-peat' between 2016 and 2018.
5 – The 2019 champions Al Ahed are one of five former winners who will appear in the 2021 edition, the others being Al Faisaly, Al Muharraq, Kuwait SC and Nasaf.
1 – Nasaf became the first team outside West Asia to win the competition when they were crowned champions in 2011. The Uzbek side will return for the first time since in 2021. 
2015 – The year that the AFC Cup went to ASEAN as Malaysia's Johor Darul Ta'zim created history by defeating Tajikistan's FC Istiklol 1-0 in the final. 
19 – The record haul of goals scored by Al Muharraq's prolific Brazilian Rico during their triumphant 2008 campaign.
4 – But when it comes to goals per game, no one can touch Hernan Barcos, who scored four times in his only AFC Cup appearance for Bangladesh's Bashundhara Kings in 2020. 
4 – Kuwait boasts more AFC Cup titles than any other country, with Kuwait SC (3) and Qadsia SC (1) the country's two continental champions. 
12 – No side has appeared in more editions of the AFC Cup than Tampines Rovers, with the Singaporean team entering 12 times between 2005 and 2020.

Kuala Lumpur: After the 2020 edition of the AFC Cup kicked off but was eventually cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the continental competition is set to return with the group stage of the Central Zone kicking off on Friday. 

As anticipation builds towards what will be an expanded tournament featuring 10 groups, the-AFC.com looks at some of the key numbers from years gone by.

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