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The CAF Champions League
CAF Champions League
is an annual continental club football competition run by the Confederation of African Football
Confederation of African Football
(CAF). The top club sides from Africa's football leagues are invited to participate in this competition, which is the premier club football competition in the continent and the equivalent to the UEFA
UEFA
Champions League. Due to sponsorship reasons, the official name is Total CAF Champions League, with Total Champions League also in use.[1] The winner of the tournament earns a berth for the FIFA
FIFA
Club World Cup, a tournament contested between the champion clubs from all six continental confederations, and also faces the winner of the CAF Confederation Cup in the following season's CAF Super Cup. Egypt's Al Ahly
Al Ahly
is the most successful club in the competition's history, having won the tournament eight times. Egyptian clubs have accumulated the highest number of victories, winning the title 14 times. The reigning champions are Wydad Casablanca
Wydad Casablanca
of Morocco, who secured their second win in the competition after defeating Al Ahly
Al Ahly
in the 2017 final.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Early years 1.2 North African dominance 1.3 Developments since 1997

2 Structure and qualification 3 Sponsorship 4 Prize money

4.1 1997-2008 4.2 2009-2016 4.3 2017-2020

5 Media coverage 6 Records and statistics

6.1 Finals

7 Performances

7.1 Overall Winners 7.2 Overall performances by country 7.3 Champions by region

8 See also 9 References 10 External links

History[edit] Early years[edit] Initially, the competition saw the league champions of each national league existing under the jurisdiction of the CAF coming together over a 12-month period of home and away knock-out fixtures until the quarter-final, semi-final and final stage was reached for the winning team to be declared the African champion of champions. Starting life as the 'African Champions Cup' in 1964, the first team to lift the trophy was Cameroonian side Oryx Douala, who beat Stade Malien of Mali
Mali
2-1 in a one-off final. There was no tournament held the following year, but the action resumed again in 1966, when the two-legged ‘home and away’ final was introduced, which saw another Malian team AS Real Bamako
AS Real Bamako
take on Stade d'Abidjan
Stade d'Abidjan
of the Côte d'Ivoire. Bamako won the home leg 3-1 but it all came apart for them in the away game in Abidjan as the Ivorians went on to win 4-1 to take the title 5-4 on aggregate. In 1967 when Ghana's Asante Kotoko met the DRC's TP Mazembe, both matches ended in draws (1-1 and 2-2 respectively). CAF suggested a play-off, but the Ghanaians refused to compete[2] and the title was handed to Mazembe, who went on to win the title again the following year. However, the Ghanaians got their revenge in 1970, when Kotoko and Mazembe once again met in the final. Once again, the first game ended 1-1 but against expectation the Ghanaians ran out 2-1 winners in their away game to lift the title that had eluded them three years earlier. The 1970s saw a remarkable rise in the fortunes of Cameroonian club football, which created the platform of success enjoyed by Cameroonian football at international level today. Between 1971 and 1980 Cameroonian teams won the cup four times, with Canon Yaoundé
Canon Yaoundé
taking three titles (1971, 1978 and 1980) and US Douala lifting the cup in 1979. In between the Cameroonian victories the honor was shared with another team enjoying a golden age, Guinean side Hafia Conakry, who won it three times during this period (1972, 1975 and 1977). North African dominance[edit] Although only two North African teams had ever won the title before 1981 - Egypt's Ismaily in 1969, and Algeria's MC Alger
MC Alger
in 1976 - since then, North Africa's teams have dominated the championship, between them winning the title on no fewer than 22 out of the last 28 tournaments. Particularly dominant have been the two Egyptian giants and Cairo-based arch-rivals, Al Ahly
Al Ahly
and Zamalek. The Cairo ‘Red Devils’ (Al Ahly) have won it a record eight occasions – in 1982, 1987, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2013; while the Cairo ‘White Knights’ (Zamalek) have taken the honours on five occasions - 1984, 1986, 1993, 1996 and 2002. The other North African teams that have made a big impression in this tournament are Morocco's Raja Casablanca, who has emerged victorious three times – in 1989, 1997 and 1999, Morocco's Wydad Athletic Club in 1992 and 2017, Algeria's JS Kabylie
JS Kabylie
in 1981 and 1990, Algeria's ES Sétif in 1988 and 2014, and Tunisia's Espérance de Tunis
Espérance de Tunis
in 1994 and 2011. Developments since 1997[edit] Apart from the introduction of the away goals rule (in which the team wins which has scored more goals playing ‘away’ if there is a tie in the aggregate score line over the two legs), very little changed in this competition until 1997. In this year, CAF took the bold step to follow the lead established a few years earlier in UEFA
UEFA
by creating a league stage in the tournament and changing the name to the CAF Champions League. CAF also introduced prize money for participants for the first time. With a purse of US$1 million on offer to the winners and US$750,000 to the losing finalist, the new Champions League became the richest club competition in Africa
Africa
. In the new format, the league champions of the respective CAF member countries went through a series of preliminary rounds until a last 16 stage. The 8 winners of this round were then drawn into two mini-leagues of 4 teams each, with each team playing each other on a home and away basis. At the end of the league stage, the top two teams in each group meet in the semifinals, with the winners going through to contest the finals. In 2010, TP Mazembe
TP Mazembe
of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Democratic Republic of the Congo
became the first club ever to repeat as champions on two separate occasions. Their first pair of wins came in 1967 and 1968, before repeating the feat again in 2009 and 2010. Structure and qualification[edit] In 1997 the CAF Champions League
CAF Champions League
replaced the previous pan-African competition, the African Cup of Champions Clubs; this had run from 1964–1996.[3] The competition is open to the winners of all CAF-affiliated national leagues, as well as the holder of the competition from the previous season. From the 2004 competition the runner-up of the league of the 12 highest-ranked countries also entered the tournament creating a 64-team field. This was in response to the merging of the CAF Cup, the secondary pan-African club competition where the league runners-up would previous play, with the CAF Cup
CAF Cup
Winners' Cup to create the CAF Confederation Cup. The 12 countries would be ranked on the performance of their clubs in the previous 5 years. The Champions League operates as a knockout competition, with a final group stage, with each tie (including the final) played over two legs - home and away. There are 3 knockout stages: the preliminary stage, the first round (32 teams) and the second round (16 teams). The 8 teams knocked out of the second round are entered into the Confederation Cup to play against the final 8 teams in that competition. After the second round, the last 8 teams are split into two groups of 4. The winner and runner-up in these groups are sent to play in a semi-final for the chance of contesting the final. Sponsorship[edit] In October 2004, MTN has contracted a four-year deal to sponsor African football’s major competitions. This agreement, which worthed US$12.5 million, was the biggest sponsorship deal in African sporting history at that time.[4] In July 2009, Orange has signed an eight-year deal to sponsor African football’s major competitions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but CAF previous year put a value of €100 million for a comprehensive and long-term package of its competitions when it opened tenders for a new sponsor. The deal included the African Nations Cup, the CAF Champions League, the CAF Confederation Cup, the CAF Super Cup, the African Nations Championship
African Nations Championship
and the African Youth Championship.[5] In July 2016, Total replaced Orange and has secured an eight-year sponsorship package from the Confederation of African Football
Confederation of African Football
(CAF) for a value of €950 million[6] to support ten of its principal competitions, including the CAF Champions League, renamed Total CAF Champions League.[7]

Period Sponsor Tournament Name

2004-08 MTN MTN CAF Champions League

2009-16 Orange Orange CAF Champions League

2016-23 Total Total CAF Champions League

Prize money[edit] 1997-2008[edit] In 1997, CAF introduced prize money for the eight participants in group stage for the first time in a club competition in Africa.

Final position Prize money

Champion US$1 million

Runner-up US$750,000

Semi-finalists US$427,500

3rd in group stage US$261,250

4th in group stage US$190,000

2009-2016[edit] In 2009, CAF had increased prize money to be shared between the top eight clubs as follows:[8]

Final position Prize money

Champion US$1.5 million

Runner-up US$1 million

Semi-finalists US$0.7 million

3rd in group stage US$0.5 million

4th in group stage US$0.4 million

2017-2020[edit] CAF have increase prize money to be shared between the top sixteen clubs starting from 2017 to 2020.[9] [10]

Final position Prize money

Champion US$2.5 million

Runner-up US$1.25 million

Semi-finalists US$0.8 million

Quarter-finalists US$0.65 million

3rd in group stage US$0.55 million

4th in group stage US$0.55 million

* Note: National Associations receive an additional equivalent share of 5% for each amount awarded to clubs. Media coverage[edit]

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Country/Region Channels Reference

 ASEAN Fox Networks Group

 Brazil SporTV

 Canada beIN Sports Réseau des sports

 Europe Sportfive

 France beIN Sports

 India Star Sports

 Indonesia beIN Sports

Latin America ESPN

 Mali ORTM

 Morocco Arryadia

MENA beIN Sports

 South Africa SuperSport

Southern Balkans Arena Sport

 United States beIN Sports

Records and statistics[edit] Main article: African Cup of Champions Clubs and CAF Champions League records and statistics Finals[edit] Main article: List of African Cup and CAF Champions League
CAF Champions League
finals Performances[edit] Overall Winners[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Years Won Years Runners-up

Al Ahly 8 3 1982, 1987, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013 1983, 2007, 2017

Zamalek 5 2 1984, 1986, 1993, 1996, 2002 1994, 2016

TP Mazembe
TP Mazembe
[pbt 1] 5 2 1967, 1968, 2009, 2010, 2015 1969, 1970

Hafia FC 3 2 1972, 1975, 1977 1976, 1978

Raja Casablanca 3 1 1989, 1997, 1999 2002

Canon Yaoundé 3 0 1971, 1978, 1980 –

Asante Kotoko 2 5 1970, 1983 1967, 1971, 1973, 1982, 1993

Espérance de Tunis 2 4 1994, 2011 1999, 2000, 2010, 2012

Wydad Casablanca 2 1 1992, 2017 2011

JS Kabylie
JS Kabylie
[pbt 2] 2 0 1981, 1990 –

Enyimba 2 0 2003, 2004 –

ES Sétif 2 0 1988, 2014 –

Vita Club 1 2 1973 1981, 2014

Hearts of Oak 1 2 2000 1977, 1979

Étoile du Sahel 1 2 2007 2004, 2005

Ismaily 1 1 1969 2003

Orlando Pirates 1 1 1995 2013

ASEC Mimosas 1 1 1998 1995

Mamelodi Sundowns 1 1 2016 2001

Oryx Douala 1 0 1965 –

Stade d'Abidjan 1 0 1966 –

CARA Brazzaville 1 0 1974 –

MC Alger 1 0 1976 –

Union Douala 1 0 1979 –

FAR Rabat 1 0 1985 –

Club Africain 1 0 1991 –

AS Bilima 0 2 – 1980, 1985

Al-Hilal 0 2 – 1987, 1992

Shooting Stars 0 2 – 1984, 1996

Heartland [pbt 3] 0 2 – 1988, 2009

Stade Malien 0 1 – 1965

Real Bamako 0 1 – 1966

Étoile Filante du Togo 0 1 – 1968

Simba FC 0 1 – 1972

Ghazl Al-Mehalla 0 1 – 1974

Enugu Rangers 0 1 – 1975

Africa
Africa
Sports 0 1 – 1986

MC Oran 0 1 – 1989

Nkana Red Devils 0 1 – 1990

SC Villa 0 1 – 1991

Ashanti Gold [pbt 4] 0 1 – 1997

Dynamos FC 0 1 – 1998

CS Sfaxien 0 1 – 2006

Coton Sport 0 1 – 2008

USM Alger 0 1 – 2015

^ Including TP Englebert ^ Including JE Tizi-Ouzou ^ Including Iwuanyanwu Nationale FC ^ Excluding Obuasi Goldfields

Overall performances by country[edit]

Country Titles Runners-up

 Egypt 14 7

 DR Congo 6 6

 Morocco 6 2

 Algeria 5 2

 Cameroon 5 1

 Tunisia 4 7

 Ghana 3 8

 Guinea 3 2

 Nigeria 2 5

 Ivory Coast 2 2

 South Africa 2 2

 Congo 1 0

 Mali 0 2

 Sudan 0 2

 Uganda 0 2

 Togo 0 1

 Zambia 0 1

 Zimbabwe 0 1

Champions by region[edit]

Federation (Region) Champion(s) Number

UNAF (North Africa) Al Ahly
Al Ahly
(8), Zamalek (5), Raja CA (3), Wydad AC
Wydad AC
(2), ES Sétif
ES Sétif
(2), JS Kabylie (2), Espérance de Tunis
Espérance de Tunis
(2), Étoile du Sahel
Étoile du Sahel
(1), MC Alger (1), Ismaily (1), FAR Rabat
FAR Rabat
(1), Club Africain
Club Africain
(1) 29 titles

UNIFFAC (Central Africa) TP Mazembe
TP Mazembe
(5), Canon Yaoundé
Canon Yaoundé
(3), Oryx Douala (1), Union Douala
Union Douala
(1), CARA Brazzaville
CARA Brazzaville
(1), Vita Club (1) 12 titles

WAFU (West Africa) Hafia (3), Asante Kotoko (2), Enyimba (2), Hearts of Oak (1), ASEC Mimosas (1), Stade d'Abidjan
Stade d'Abidjan
(1) 10 titles

COSAFA (Southern Africa) Mamelodi Sundowns (1), Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates
(1) 2 titles

CECAFA
CECAFA
(East Africa)

0 titles

See also[edit]

Football in Africa
Africa
portal Association football
Association football
portal

CAF Confederation Cup CAF Super Cup

References[edit]

^ "CAF partner and sponsors". cafonline.com.  ^ "Asante Kotoko, the great porcupines of Africa". fifa.com.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2005-03-18. Retrieved 2005-05-27.  ^ "CAF signs sponsorship deal". BBC. BBC. 21 October 2004. Retrieved 14 February 2018.  ^ "Orange signs deal to sponsor African soccer competitions". Reuters. Reuters. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 12 February 2018.  ^ "CAF reviews prize money, AFCON 2017 winner to pocket $4 million". Africa
Africa
News. Africa
Africa
News. 9 November 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2018.  ^ "Total to sponsor CAF competitions for the next eight years". Africa News. Africa
Africa
News. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016.  ^ "CAF Executive Committee decisions". cafonline.com. 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2010-02-12.  ^ "CAF Executive Committee decisions". cafonline.com. 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2010-02-12.  ^ "Prize money for CAF competitions effective 2017". cafonline.com. 

External links[edit]

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African Cup of Champions Clubs and CAF Champions League

African Champions Cup era, 1964–1996

Seasons

1964–65 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996

Finals

1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996

Champions League era, 1997–present

Seasons

1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2018–19

Finals

1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

List of finals Records and statistics

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African Cup and CAF Champions League
CAF Champions League
winners

African Cup of Champions Clubs

1965: Oryx Douala 1966: Stade d'Abidjan 1967: TP Mazembe 1968: TP Mazembe 1969: Ismaily 1970: Asante Kotoko

1971: Canon Yaoundé 1972: Hafia 1973: Vita Club 1974: CARA Brazzaville 1975: Hafia 1976: MC Alger 1977: Hafia

1978: Canon Yaoundé 1979: Union Douala 1980: Canon Yaoundé 1981: JS Kabylie 1982: Al-Ahly 1983: Asante Kotoko

1984: Zamalek 1985: FAR Rabat 1986: Zamalek 1987: Al-Ahly 1988: ES Sétif 1989: Raja Casablanca 1990: JS Kabylie

1991: Club Africain 1992: Wydad Casablanca 1993: Zamalek 1994: Espérance de Tunis 1995: Orlando Pirates 1996: Zamalek

CAF Champions League

1997: Raja Casablanca 1998: ASEC Mimosas 1999: Raja Casablanca 2000: Hearts of Oak 2001: Al-Ahly 2002: Zamalek

2003: Enyimba 2004: Enyimba 2005: Al-Ahly 2006: Al-Ahly 2007: Étoile du Sahel 2008: Al-Ahly 2009: TP Mazembe

2010: TP Mazembe 2011: Espérance de Tunis 2012: Al-Ahly 2013: Al-Ahly 2014: ES Sétif 2015: TP Mazembe

2016: Mamelodi Sundowns 2017: Wydad Casablanca

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CAF Champions League
CAF Champions League
top scorers

1997: 1998: 1999: 2000: 2001: 2002: Belal & Koutouan & Aboucherouane 2003: 2004: Diallo 2005: Barakat & Frimpong 2006: Aboutrika 2007: Mputu 2008: Worgu 2009: Kaluyituka 2010: Kaluyituka 2011: Sadomba 2012: Clottey 2013: Kada 2014: Belameiri & Jouini & Mubele & Ngasa 2015: Al-Madina & Samatta 2016: Udoh 2017: Khenissi & Saladin

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