|Dates||21 March – 2 April 1971|
|Champions||Maccabi Tel Aviv (2nd title)|
|Third place||Taj Tehran|
|Fourth place||ROK Army|
|Goals scored||67 (3.35 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Ghanim Abdul-Hamid|
(4 goals each)
The 1971 Asian Champion Club Tournament was the fourth edition of the annual Asian club football competition hosted by Asian Football Confederation. Eight clubs from eight countries competed in the tournament. The tournament was held in Bangkok, Thailand from 21 March to 2 April. Eight clubs were split in two groups of four and the group winners and the runners-up advanced to semifinals. Jardine Hong Kong withdrew from the tournament.
Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. (ISR) recorded their second Asian title after Al-Shorta (IRQ) refused to play against them in protest at the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Al-Shorta players waved the Palestinian flag and the Iraqi flag around the field.
Al-Shorta were regarded as the winners of the tournament in the Iraqi media (the Al-Mal'ab newspaper headline the following day read: "The Champions of Asia Return to Baghdad") and were greeted with a heroes' reception upon their return to the country, holding an open top bus parade and later adding a star above their logo.
|FC Punjab Police||Selected by All India Football Federation|
|Taj Tehran||1970 Local League champions|
|Al-Shorta||1969–70 Iraqi Central Premier League champions|
|Maccabi Tel Aviv||1969–70 Liga Leumit champions|
|Al Arabi||1969–70 Kuwaiti Premier League champions|
|Perak FA||1970 Malaysia Cup champions|
|ROK Army||1970 Korean National Football Championship champions|
|Bangkok Bank FC||Selected by Football Association of Thailand|
These were the group allocation matches. Each group consisted of two winners and two losers from this round. The draw for the preliminary round was re-made after Al-Shorta refused to play Maccabi Tel-Aviv as had been scheduled in the original draw.
|ROK Army||2–1||Bangkok Bank FC|
|Al Arabi||8–1||FC Punjab Police|
|Maccabi Tel Aviv||1–0||Perak FA|
|Match 1||Al Arabi||3–0||Perak|
|Match 2||Taj Tehran||2–1||ROK Army|
|Match 3||ROK Army||3–0||Perak|
|Match 4||Taj Tehran||0–0||Al Arabi|
|Match 5||Taj Tehran||3–0||Perak|
|Match 6||ROK Army||1–0||Al Arabi|
|Maccabi Tel Aviv||6||3||3||0||0||11||2||9|
|Bangkok Bank FC||2||3||1||0||2||3||6||−3|
|FC Punjab Police||0||3||0||0||3||2||12||−10|
|Match 1||Bangkok Bank||2–0||Punjab|
|Match 2||Maccabi Tel Aviv||3–0 1||Al-Shorta|
|Match 3||Maccabi Tel Aviv||4–1||Punjab|
|Match 4||Al-Shorta||2–0||Bangkok Bank|
|Match 6||Maccabi Tel Aviv||4–1||Bangkok Bank|
1: Al-Shorta withdrew from this match, awarded to Maccabi.
Third Place Match
1 The final was scratched and Maccabi Tel Aviv were awarded the championship as Al-Shorta players waved Iraqi and Palestinian flags around the pitch, refusing to play the Israeli side for political reasons.
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