AFC Champions League 2011
The AFC Champions League is the Asian premier football club competition, run by the Asian Football Confederation. It is equivalent to the CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores and the UEFA, CAF, CONCACAF & OFC Champions League competitions.
A total of forty-seven clubs compete in the competition; twenty-eight clubs receive automatic berths, with nineteen clubs qualifying via the qualifying playoffs. Since 2009, the champions do not qualify automatically for the following year competition.
The winner of the AFC Champions League qualifies for the FIFA Club World Cup. The reigning champions of the competition are Guangzhou Evergrande. The most successful club in the competition is the Pohang Steelers with a total of three titles.