Sanfrecce’s 2013 ACL Campaign

For 2012 J League champions, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, the 2013 season kicks off in Tokyo on February 23 with a clash against last year’s Emperor’s Cup winners, Kashiwa Reysol, in the Fuji Xerox Super Cup. The J League proper starts at the beginning of March, but before that, Sanfrecce will be looking to get off to a good start in their campaign to make it through the group stage of the AFC Asia Champions League.

Sanfrecce are in Group G and have been drawn against Beijing Guoan, South Korea’s Pohang Steelers who were 2009 champions, and Uzbekistan’s Bunyodkor. This will be Sanfrecce’s second time in the tournament. They last gained a spot by coming fourth in the in 2009 J League season, but they where they were knocked out in the group phase.

Sanfrecce’s group games are as follows

  • Feb 27, 2013 Sanfrecce vs Bunyodkor at Big Arch Stadium, Hiroshima
  • March 13, 2013 Beijing Guoan vs Sanfrecce at Beijing Workers Stadium, Beijing
  • April 2, 2013  Sanfrecce vs Pohang Steelers at Big Arch Stadium, Hiroshima
  • April 10, 2013 Pohang Steeler vs Sanfrecce at Pohang Steelyard, Pohang
  • April 23, 2013 Bunyodkor vs Sanfrecce at Bunyodkor Stadium, Tashkent
  • April 30, 2013 Sanfrecce vs Beijing Gouan at Big Arch Stadium, Hiroshima

The winner and runner up from each group will go through to the knock out rounds.

Paul Walsh

Paul arrived in Hiroshima "for a few months" back in 1996. He is the co-founder of and loves running in the mountains.