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Asian Champions League: finally a final, Ulsan vs Persepolis


The longest Asian Champions League tournament in history ends on Saturday — more than 11 months after the first ball was kicked — when Ulsan Horang-i of South Korea meets Iran’s Persepolis in Doha, Qatar in the final.


Qatar, host of the 2022 World Cup, stepped in to stage all the remaining games in a biosecure setting.


“Before we came here, morale was low in our squad because we had lost two domestic titles,” Ulsan coach Kim Do-hoon said.


“We have the opportunity to make history for the club in Asia,” the Brazilian told the K-League’s official home page.


If Ulsan takes the title it will be South Korea’s 12th continental crown, a record in the Champions League and its Asian Club Championship predecessor.


Unlike its busy opposition, Persepolis has not played in December, arriving in Doha a week early in order to prepare though the 2018 beaten finalist is missing a number of key players.






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