March 3, 2019 / 4:02 AM / 3 months ago

Factbox - Soccer: Asian Champions League

(Reuters) - Facts on the Asian Champions League, the continent’s premier club championship, which kicks off on Monday.

Current champions: Kashima Antlers (Japan)

Prize money: Winners $4 million; Runners-up $2 million

Most title wins (2): Al Ittihad (Saudi Arabia), Guangzhou Evergrande (China), Jeonbuk Motors (South Korea), Urawa Red Diamonds (Japan)

Country with most titles: South Korea (5)


Thirty-two teams are divided into eight groups of four, with groups played on a regional basis (four in the west and four in the east).

The top two in each group advance to the Round of 16, with matches still played on a regional basis.

Winners of the western half face off against the winners of the eastern side in a two-legged final in November.

Compiled by Michael Church

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