EXCLUSIVE: MA LIN REMEMBERS CHINA'S FIRST ASIAN CHAMPIONS 27 YEARS ON

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网站编辑:东大小超  发布时间2017-04-29 12:52:05 

关键词:辽足 辽宁宏运 辽宁沈阳开新 LIAONING MALIN

Shengyang: Guangzhou Evergrande have been China’s most successful team on the continent in recent years, having won the AFC Champions League twice in the last four editions.
However, before their maiden Asian title in 2013, one needs to rewind the clock back 23 years to China’s previous continental championship when Liaoning lifted the 1989-1990 Asian Club Championship, the predecessor to the AFC Champions League.
 
Today, April 29, 2017, will, in fact, be the 27th anniversary of when the Shenyang-based team defeated Japan’s Nissan Yokohama in the second leg of the final and so the-AFC.com sat down with the team’s former star midfielder, and now current Liaoning coach, Ma Lin to remember that time.
 
THE GROUP STAGE
 
First up, for Ma Lin and his team-mates, was the qualifying group stage in August, 1989. There were six groups of four teams playing in centralised locations across Asia with the top two from each group progressing to the group stage.
 
Qualifying group hosts Liaoning would go on to top the standings ahead of eventual final opponents Nissan Yokohama, Chandongja Sports Club of DPR Korea and Macau’s Hap Kuan.
 
The next phase of the competition was in Jakarta, Indonesia, for the tournament’s group stage and Liaoning finished top of Group B, ahead of Iraq’s Al Rasheed, Shahin Ahvaz of Islamic Republic of Iran and Indonesian club Pelita Jaya.
 
With Nissan Yokohama topping Group A, that meant a re-match from their qualifiers with the first leg set for Yokohama’s Mitsuzawa Stadium on April 22, 1990.
 
THE FINAL FIRST-LEG
 
From the late 1980s to mid-1990s, Liaoning was unquestionably the most dominant team in Chinese football. In their ranks, they boasted some of the best of the national’s team talent including Gao Sheng, Tang Yaodong and Fu Bo, and it was the latter who was amongst the goals as Liaoning won the first leg 2-1 in Japan. 
 
Whether China would herald its first Asian club champion or not would be decided in Shengyang a week later on 29 April 1990, although Ma Lin’s participation in the decider was in doubt.
 
THE FINAL SECOND-LEG
 
When asked to look back on the achievement and its significance 27 years ago, Ma Lin takes time to recollect.
 
“When I remember that time I am filled with happiness and pride,” he says.
 
“All the memories from then are beautiful because we won many championships and all we would do is win and win. So, I remember celebrations mainly.”
 
With Guangzhou now appearing to be the heir apparent to Liaoning’s dominance of Chinese football and success in Asia, the final question to end our interview with Ma Lin seems obvious.
 
Just who would win out of the 1990 Liaoning team and the current Guangzhou side?
 
The reply is quick and decisive: “We would beat them for sure!”
 
Photos: Lagardère Sports

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