Both sides are looking to write history at Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium on Saturday night, with a potential match-up with Chelsea at the Fifa Club World Cup the big prize
DF: Lee Yong, Kang MS, Kwak TH, Kim YS
MF: Lee KH, Lee Ho, Estiben, Kim SY
FW: Kim SW, Rafinha
Ulsan Hyundai will be looking to win their first-ever Asian Champions League crown when they host Saudi Arabia's Al Ahli in the tournament's final on Saturday night.
The South Korean side have won eight straight matches to reach this point, beating Kashiwa Reysol in the Round of 16 before cruising to a 5-0 aggregate win in the quarterfinals against Al Hilal and dominating Uzbek outfit Bunyodkor 5-1 in the semi-finals.
Al Ahli had a rougher road to the competition's climax, requiring penalty kicks to escape the Round of 16 against UAE side Al-Jazira. They proceeded to beat Iran's Sepahan 1-4 on aggregate in the quarter-finals, before a dramatic second-leg comeback against Jeddah, Saudi Arabia rivals Al-Ittihad gave them a 2-1 aggregate win in the semi-finals.
Ulsan's attack will be spearheaded by AFC Player of the Year nominee Lee Keun-Ho, while Al Ahli will be relying on Brazilian striker Victor Simoes, who plied his trade in the K-League for one year in 2008.
In addition to being known as Asia's top club, the winner will earn an invitation to the 2012 Fifa Club World Cup, where they will face Concacaf champions Monterrey in the quarter-finals with European kings Chelsea waiting in the semi-final round.
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- Around 44,000 attendees are expected to pack Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium.
- The match will be officiated by an Australian refereeing team led by Ben Williams, an AFC veteran.
- This is the second straight year that a Korean side has hosted a West Asian club in the finals; in 2011, Al Sadd beat hosts Jeonbuk Motors on penalties.
- Ulsan Hyundai have not lost a single match in the tournament, with a record of nine wins and two draws thus far.
- Al Ahli have lost two matches in their run to the final, but they have won only two of their away matches.
- Ulsan captain Lee Keun Ho (right) has scored four goals and made six assists in this year's tournament.