The 2021 AFC Champions League will get underway in West Asia on Wednesday with 20 sides facing two weeks of intense action as they battle it out for qualification to the knockout rounds.
With the 20 remaining teams from East Asia set to begin their continental campaigns a little later in the year, the-AFC.com looks at some of the numbers that stand out ahead of the start of the 19th edition of the AFC Champions League.
40 – The record number of teams that will compete in the 2021 AFC Champions League, with holders Ulsan Hyundai among the contenders.
10 – The teams will be split into 10 groups, with five in the West Zone and five in the East Zone. UAE side Sharjah (above) are among the hosts.
7 – Seven former winners will take part in the 2021 edition: Al Hilal, Al Sadd, Gamba Osaka, Guangzhou Evergrande, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, Pohang Steelers and Ulsan Hyundai.
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