The draw for the group stage of the 2009 AFC Champions League took place in Dubai today.
Frontale have been drawn in Group H along with:
Central Coast Mariners (AUS) - A-League premiers* 2007-8
Tianjin Teda (CHN) - Chinese Super League 4th place 2008
Pohang Steelers (KOR) - Korean FA Cup winners 2008
Can't pretend to know much about any of these teams, but first impressions suggest it could have been worse. None of Frontale's opponents are overall champions of their respective leagues. And, although the trip to New South Wales will be a drain, Tianjin and Pohang are practically neighbours (relatively speaking).
Group H match schedule:
|Tianjin Teda||Todoroki Stadium|
|Central Coast Mariners||Blue Tongue Stadium|
|Central Coast Mariners||Todoroki Stadium|
|Tianjin Teda||Tianjin Teda Stadium|
|Pohang Steelers||Todoroki Stadium|
* In the A-League, whichever team tops the table at the end of the regular season wins the title of A-League Premiers. The top four teams then compete in a play-off series to decide the overall champion. Central Coast Mariners topped the table at the end of the regular season, but were runners-up in the play-off series to Newcastle Jets, who thereby became A-League Champions.