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World Sport Group Football Newsletter – March 2009 Issue

New AFC Champions League Era Kicks Off!

Beijing Guoan's opening Group E match against Newcastle Jets will offer one of the more interesting sub-plots in this year's AFC Champions League group stage, with three brothers who have all played for Australia set to be reunited in the Chinese capital.

Joel and Ryan Griffiths are among Beijing's new signings, while Adam will travel with the Newcastle squad. Joel's participation will be watched with particular interest, as he will be going up against his former teammates after being signed on loan from Newcastle ahead of the group stage.

Joel and his twin brother Adam, 29, helped Newcastle win the 2007/08 A-League, with the former winning the Golden Boot with 12 goals and establishing himself as the club's key player.

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