TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iran's Foolad and Sepahan football teams discovered their rivals in group stage of the 2022 AFC Champions League.
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Foolad has been drawn in Group C along with Shabab Al-Ahli of the UAE, Ahal-FC of Turkmenistan and Qatar's Al-Gharafa.
Sepahan also is in Group D with Qatar's Al-Duhail, Pakhtakor of Uzbekistan and play-off winner.
Defending champion Al-Hilal was drawn against Tajikistan's Istiklol, which scored a shock victory against the Saudi giant last year.
The two-legged final of this year's 40-team tournament has been moved to 2023 to allow the region's national sides to prepare for the Qatar FIFA World Cup, which is being played in winter months.
The west zone knockout-stage matches will also take place in February 2023, while those for the east zone will wrap up in August this year.
Group A: Al-Hilal (KSA), Istiklol (TJK), Al-Rayyan (QAT), play-off winner
Group B: Al-Jazira (UAE), Al-Shabab (KSA), Mumbai City (IND), Air Force Club (IRQ)
Group C: Foolad Khouzestan (IRN), Shabab Al-Ahli (UAE), Ahal-FC (TKM), Al-Gharafa (QAT)
Group D: Al-Duhail (QAT), Sepahan FC (IRN), Pakhtakor (UZB), play-off winner
Group E: Al-Sadd (QAT), Al-Faisaly (KSA), Al-Wehdat (JOR), play-off winner
Group F: Shandong Taishan (CHN), Urawa Red Diamonds (JPN), Lion City Sailors (SIN), play-off winner
Group G: BG Pathum (THA), Jeonnam Dragons (KOR), United City (PHI), Melbourne City (AUS)
Group H: Jeonbuk Motors (KOR), Yokohama F. Marinos (JPN), Hoang Anh Gia Lai (VIE), play-off winner
Group I: Kawasaki Frontale (JPN), Guangzhou FC (CHN), Johor Darul Ta'zim (MAS), play-off winner
Group J: Shanghai Port (CHN), Chiangrai United (THA), Kitchee (HKG), play-off winner