Ulsan Hyundai, the 2022 K League 1 champions, has been drawn with Japanese J-League side Kawasaki in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League group stage.

Ulsan were drawn with Kawasaki in Group I of the 2023-24 AFC Champions League after the draw was made on Thursday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Joining them are Johor Darul (Malaysia) and Pathum United (Thailand).

The 2023-24 AFC Champions League group stage kicks off in September, with the round of 16 tournament beginning in February 2024 and the winner crowned in May 2024.

Groups A through E featured clubs from West Asia and Groups F through J featured clubs from East Asia, with four teams from the Korean Football League – Jeonbuk Hyundai, Incheon United, and Pohang Steelers – in addition to Ulsan.

Jeonbuk is in Group F alongside Bangkok United (Thailand), Lion City (Singapore), and Kitsch (Hong Kong), while Incheon, which qualified for the main draw for the first time in its 20-year history through the playoffs, will compete in Group G with last year’s J-League champions Yokohama (Japan), Shandong (China), and Caya (Philippines). Pohang is also in Group J with last year’s Chinese Super League champions Wuhan, Urawa (Japan) and Hanoi (Vietnam).먹튀검증

Shandong, which is in the same group as Incheon, is coached by former Jeonbuk head coach Choi Kang-hee and was the team that featured international midfielder Son Jun-ho. Urawa, who are in Group J with Pohang, are the defending AFC Champions League champions from the 2022 edition.

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