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2012 in association football

Years in association football

2012 in sports

The following are the association football events of the year 2012 throughout the world.







2011–12 Egyptian Premier League

The 2011–2012 season, the league increased from 16 to 19 teams due to no relegation in the 2010–11 season as a result of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Three teams were promoted from the second division.

Following the Port Said Stadium disaster on 1 February 2012, the season was suspended.[8] At that time, teams had played between 14 and 17 games out of 30. Haras El-Hodood was in first place with a 12–1–1 record. This result was considered a significant surprise by Al Ahram.[9] On 10 March 2012, a decision was reached to cancel the remainder of the season.

Fixed dates for national team matches

Scheduled international matches per their International Match Calendar. Also known as FIFA International Day/Date(s).[10]

  • 29 February
  • 22 August
  • 8-12 September
  • 13-17 October
  • 14 November

Continental champions


Region Tournament Champion Title Last honor
AFC (Asia) 2012 AFC Champions League South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 1st
2012 AFC Cup Kuwait Al-Kuwait 2nd 2009
2012 AFC President's Cup Tajikistan Istiqlol 1st
CAF (Africa) 2012 CAF Champions League Egypt Al-Ahly 7th 2008
2012 CAF Confederation Cup Republic of the Congo AC Léopards 1st
2012 CAF Super Cup Morocco Maghreb de Fes 1st
(North and Central America, Caribbean)
2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League Mexico Monterrey 2nd 2011
2012 CFU Club Championship Trinidad and Tobago Caledonia AIA 1st
CONMEBOL (South America) 2012 Copa Libertadores Brazil Corinthians 1st
2012 Copa Sudamericana Brazil São Paulo 1st
2012 Recopa Sudamericana Brazil Santos 1st
OFC (Oceania) 2011–12 O-League New Zealand Auckland City 4th 2011
UEFA (Europe) 2011–12 UEFA Champions League England Chelsea 1st
2011–12 UEFA Europa League Spain Atlético Madrid 2nd 2010
2012 UEFA Super Cup Spain Atlético Madrid 2nd 2010
FIFA (Worldwide) 2012 FIFA Club World Cup Brazil Corinthians 2nd 2000


Region Tournament Champion Title Last honor
CONMEBOL (South America) 2012 Copa Libertadores Femenina Chile Colo-Colo (women) 1st
UEFA (Europe) 2011–12 UEFA Women's Champions League France Olympique Lyonnais 2nd 2010–11 UEFA Women's Champions League
Worldwide 2012 International Women's Club Championship France Olympique Lyonnais 1st

Domestic Champions

AFC nations

Nation League Champion Title Last honor
Afghanistan Afghanistan 2012 Afghan Premier League Toofaan Harirod 1st
Australia Australia 2011–12 A-League Brisbane Roar 2nd 2010–11
Bahrain Bahrain 2011–12 Bahrain First Division League Riffa 10th 2004–05
Bangladesh Bangladesh 2012 Bangladesh Football Premier League Abahani Limited 4th 2009–10
Bhutan Bhutan 2012 A-Division Druk Pol 1st
Brunei Brunei
Did not hold
Cambodia Cambodia 2012 Cambodian League Boeung Ket Rubber Field 1st
China China 2012 Chinese Super League Guangzhou Evergrande 2nd 2011
Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 2012 Intercity Football League Taiwan Power Company 4th 2011
Guam Guam 2011–12 Guam Men's Soccer League Quality Distributors 5th 2009–10
Hong Kong Hong Kong 2011–12 Hong Kong First Division League Kitchee 5th 2010–11
India India 2011–12 I-League Dempo 3rd 2009–10
Indonesia Indonesia 2011–12 Indonesian Premier League Semen Padang 1st
2011–12 Indonesia Super League Sriwijaya 1st
Iran Iran 2011–12 Iran Pro League Sepahan Isfahan 4th 2010–11
Iraq Iraq 2011–12 Iraqi Elite League Erbil 4th 2008−09
Jordan Jordan 2011–12 Jordan League Al-Faisaly 32nd 2009−10
Japan Japan 2012 J. League Division 1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 6th 1970
North Korea North Korea 2012 DPR Korea League April 25 14th 2011
South Korea South Korea 2012 K-League Seoul 2nd 2010
Kuwait Kuwait 2011–12 Kuwaiti Premier League Qadsia 15th 2010–11
Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan 2012 Kyrgyzstan League Dordoi Bishkek 8th 2011
Lebanon Lebanon 2011–12 Lebanese Premier League Al-Safa' 1st
Laos Laos 2012 Lao League Lao Police Club 1st
Macau Macau 2012 Campeonato da 1ª Divisão do Futebol Ka I 3rd 2011
Malaysia Malaysia 2012 Malaysia Super League Kelantan 2nd 2011
Maldives Maldives 2012 Dhivehi League New Radiant 2nd 2006
Mongolia Mongolia 2012 Mongolia Premier League Erchim 7th 2008
Myanmar Myanmar 2012 Myanmar National League Yangon United 2nd 2011
Nepal Nepal 2011–12 Nepal National League Nepal Police Club 4th 2011
Oman Oman 2011–12 Omani League Fanja 8th 1990−91
Pakistan Pakistan
Did not hold
Philippines Philippines 2012 United Football League Division 1 Global 1st
Qatar Qatar 2011–12 Qatar Stars League Lekhwiya 2nd 2010–11
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 2011–12 Saudi Professional League Al Shabab 6th 2005–06
Singapore Singapore 2012 S.League Tampines Rovers 4th 2011
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 2011–12 Sri Lanka Football Premier League Ratnam 5th 2007–08
Syria Syria 2011–12 Syrian Premier League Al-Shorta 3rd 2010–11
Tajikistan Tajikistan 2012 Tajik League Ravshan Kulob 1st
Thailand Thailand 2012 Thai Premier League Muangthong United 3rd 2010
East Timor Timor-Leste
Did not hold
Turkmenistan Turkmenistan 2012 Ýokary Liga Balkan 4th 2011
United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 2011–12 UAE Pro-League Al Ain 10th 2003–04
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 2012 Uzbek League Pakhtakor Tashkent 9th 2007
Vietnam Vietnam 2012 V-League SHB Đà Nẵng 2nd 2009
Yemen Yemen 2011–12 Yemeni League Shaab Ibb 3rd 2003–04

UEFA nations

Nation League Champion Title Last honor
Albania Albania 2011–12 Albanian Superliga Skënderbeu Korçë 3rd 2011
Andorra Andorra 2011–12 Primera Divisió FC Lusitanos 1st
Austria Austria 2011–12 Austrian Football Bundesliga FC Red Bull Salzburg 7th 2010
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 2011–12 Azerbaijan Premier League Neftchi Baku 7th 2011
Belarus Belarus 2012 Belarusian Premier League BATE Borisov 8th 2011
Belgium Belgium 2011–12 Jupiler League Anderlecht 31st 2010
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 2011–12 Premijer Liga Željezničar 5th 2010
Bulgaria Bulgaria 2011–12 A PFG Ludogorets Razgrad 1st
Croatia Croatia 2011–12 Prva HNL Dinamo Zagreb 13th[A] 2010
Cyprus Cyprus 2011–12 Cypriot First Division AEL 6th 1968
Czech Republic Czech Republic 2011–12 Gambrinus liga Viktoria Plzeň 1st
Denmark Denmark 2011–12 Danish Superliga Copenhagen 9th 2010
England England 2011–12 Premier League Manchester City 3rd 1968
Estonia Estonia 2012 Meistriliiga Nõmme Kalju 1st -
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 2012 Vodafonedeildin B36 Tórshavn 8th 2005
Finland Finland 2012 Veikkausliiga HJK Helsinki 24th 2010
France France 2011–12 Ligue 1 Montpellier HSC 1st
Georgia (country) Georgia 2011–12 Umaglesi Liga Zestafoni 1st
Germany Germany 2011–12 Fußball-Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund 8th 2011
Greece Greece 2011–12 Superleague Greece Olympiacos 38th 2011
Hungary Hungary 2011–12 NB I Debreceni VSC 6th 2010
Iceland Iceland 2012 Úrvalsdeild KR Reykjavík 25th 2003
Republic of Ireland Ireland 2012 League of Ireland Sligo Rovers 3rd 1977
Israel Israel 2011–12 Israeli Premier League Ironi Kiryat Shmona 1st[{{{2}}}]
Italy Italy 2011–12 Serie A Juventus 28th 2003
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 2012 Kazakhstan Premier League Shakhter Karagandy 1st
Latvia Latvia 2012 Latvian Higher League Ventspils 4th 2008
Lithuania Lithuania 2012 A Lyga Ekranas 6th[D] 2010
Luxembourg Luxembourg 2011–12 Luxembourg National Division F91 Dudelange 9th 2009
North Macedonia Macedonia 2011–12 First Macedonian Football League Škendija 1st
Malta Malta 2011–12 Maltese Premier League Valletta 20th 2008
Moldova Moldova 2011–12 Moldovan National Division Dacia Chişinău 1st
Montenegro Montenegro 2011–12 Montenegrin First League FK Budućnost 2nd 2008
Netherlands Netherlands 2011–12 Eredivisie Ajax 31st 2011
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 2011–12 IFA Premiership Linfield 50th 2010
Norway Norway 2012 Tippeligaen Molde 1st
Poland Poland 2011–12 Ekstraklasa Śląsk Wrocław 2nd 1977
Portugal Portugal 2011–12 Primeira Liga Porto 25th 2009
Romania Romania 2011–12 Liga I CFR Cluj 3rd 2010
Russia Russia 2011–12 Russian Premier League Zenit St. Petersburg 4th 2010
San Marino San Marino 2011–12 Campionato Sammarinese di Calcio Tre Penne 1st
Scotland Scotland 2011–12 Scottish Premier League Celtic 43rd 2008
Serbia Serbia 2011–12 Serbian SuperLiga Partizan 24th 2010–11
Slovakia Slovakia 2011–12 Slovak First Football League Žilina 6th 2009–10
Slovenia Slovenia 2011–12 Slovenian PrvaLiga Maribor 9th 2009
Spain Spain 2011–12 La Liga Real Madrid 32nd 2008
Sweden Sweden 2012 Allsvenskan Elfsborg 6th 2006
Switzerland Switzerland 2011–12 Swiss Super League Basel 14th 2010
Turkey Turkey 2011–12 Süper Lig Galatasaray 18th 2008
Ukraine Ukraine 2011–12 Ukrainian Premier League Shakhtar Donetsk 6th 2010–11
Wales Wales 2011–12 Welsh Premier League The New Saints 6th 2009–10

CAF nations

Nation League Champion Title Last honor
Algeria Algeria 2011–12 Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 ES Sétif 0055th 2008–09
Angola Angola 2012 Girabola CRD Libolo 0022nd 2011
Benin Benin 2011–12 Benin Premier League ASPAC FC 0022nd 2009–10
Botswana Botswana 2011–12 Mascom Premier League Mochudi Centre Chiefs 0022nd 2007–08
Burkina Faso Burkina Faso 2012 Burkinabé Premier League ASFA Yennenga 01212th 2011
Cameroon Cameroon 2011–12 MTN Elite One US Douala 0055th 1990
Cape Verde Cape Verde 2012 Campeonato Nacional de Cabo Verde Sporting Clube da Praia 0099th 2009
Central African Republic Central African Republic 2012 Central African Republic League Olympic Real de Bangui 10th 2010
Chad Chad 2012 Chad Premier League Gazelle 2nd 2009
Comoros Comoros 2012 Comoros Premier League Djabal Club 1st n/a
Republic of the Congo Congo 2012 Congo Premier League AC Léopards 0011st 0000n/a
Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo DR 2012 Linafoot TP Mazembe 01212th 2011
Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire 2012 Côte d'Ivoire Premier Division Séwé Sports de San Pedro 0011st 0000n/a
Djibouti Djibouti 2011–12 Djibouti Premier League AS Port 0033rd 2010–11
Egypt Egypt 2011–12 Egyptian Premier League
000Cancelled after Port Said Stadium disaster
Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea 2012 Equatoguinean Premier League Sony Elá Nguema 01414th 2011
Eritrea Eritrea 2012 Eritrean Premier League
000n/a (possibly did not hold)
Ethiopia Ethiopia 2011–12 Ethiopian Premier League Saint George SA 02222nd 2009–10
Gabon Gabon 2012 Gabon Championnat National D1 CF Mounana 0011st n/a
The Gambia Gambia 2012 GFA League First Division Real de Banjul 0099th 2007
Ghana Ghana 2011–12 Ghanaian Premier League Asante Kotoko 02121st 2007–08
Guinea Guinea 2012 Guinée Championnat National Horoya AC 01111th 2011
Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau 2012 Campeonato Nacional da Guiné-Bissau
000Cancelled due to financial problems
Kenya Kenya 2012 Kenyan Premier League Tusker 01010th 2011
Lesotho Lesotho 2012 Lesotho Premier League Lesotho Correctional Services 0066th 2011
Liberia Liberia 2011–12 Liberian Premier League LISCR 0022nd 2010–11
Libya Libya 2011–12 Libyan Premier League
000Did not hold
Madagascar Madagascar 2012 THB Champions League AS Adema 0033rd 2006
Malawi Malawi 2011–12 Malawi Premier Division Silver Strikers 0066th 2009–10
Mali Mali 2012 Malian Première Division Djoliba AC 02222nd 2009
Mauritania Mauritania 2011–12 Mauritanian Premier League ASC Tevragh-Zeïna 0011st n/a
Mauritius Mauritius 2012 Mauritian League Pamplemousses 0033rd 2010
Morocco Morocco 2011–12 Botola Moghreb Tétouan 0011st n/a
Mozambique Mozambique 2012 Moçambola Maxaquene 0055th 2003
Namibia Namibia 2011–12 Namibia Premier League Black Africa 0077th 2010–11
Niger Niger 2012 Niger Premier League Olympique de Niamey 01212th 1999
Nigeria Nigeria 2012 Nigeria Premier League Kano Pillars 0022nd 2008
Réunion Réunion 2012 Réunion Premier League SS Saint-Louisienne 01616th 2002
Rwanda Rwanda 2011–12 Primus National Football League A.P.R. 01313th 2010–11
São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé and Príncipe 2012 São Tomé and Príncipe Championship Sporting Clube do Príncipe 0022nd 2011
Senegal Senegal 2011–12 Senegal Premier League Casa Sport 0011st n/a
Seychelles Seychelles 2012 Seychelles First Division St Michel United 01111th 2011
Sierra Leone Sierra Leone 2011–12 Sierra Leone National Premier League Diamond Stars 0011st n/a
Somalia Somalia 2012 Somalia League Elman 0099th 2011
South Africa South Africa 2011–12 Premier Soccer League Orlando Pirates 0044th 2010–11
Sudan Sudan 2012 Sudan Premier League Al-Hilal Omdurman 02727th 2010
Eswatini Swaziland 2011–12 Swazi Premier League Mbabane Swallows 0044th 2004–05
Tanzania Tanzania 2011–12 Tanzanian Premier League Simba 01818th 2009–10
Togo Togo 2011–12 Togolese Championnat National Dynamic Togolais 0066th 2003–04
Tunisia Tunisia 2011–12 Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 ES Tunis 02525th 2010–11
Uganda Uganda 2011–12 Ugandan Super League Express 0066th 1996
Zambia Zambia 2012 Zambian Premier League Zanaco 0066th 2009
Zanzibar Zanzibar 2012 Zanzibar Premier League Super Falcon 0011st n/a
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 2012 Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League Dynamos 02020th 2011

CONCACAF nations

Nation League Champion Title Last honor
Costa Rica Costa Rica 2012 Primera División Verano Herediano 22nd 1992–93
2012 Primera División Invierno Alajuelense 28th 2011 Invierno
El Salvador El Salvador 2012 Primera División Clausura Águila i5th 2006 Clausura
2012 Primera División Apertura Isidro Metapán 7th 2011 Apertura
Honduras Honduras 2012 Liga Nacional Clausura Olimpia 25th 2011 Apertura
2012 Liga Nacional Apertura Olimpia 26th 2012 Clausura
Mexico Mexico 2012 Primera División Clausura Santos Laguna 4th 2008 Clausura
2012 Liga MX Apertura Tijuana 1st n/a
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 2011–12 TT Pro League W Connection 4th 2005
United States United States/Canada Canada 2012 Major League Soccer Los Angeles Galaxy 4th 2011

CONMEBOL nations

Nation League Champion Title Last honor
Argentina Argentina 2012 Primera División Clausura Arsenal 1st
2012 Primera División Inicial Vélez Sársfield 10th 2012 Clausura
Bolivia Bolivia 2012 Liga Profesional Clausura The Strongest 9th 2011 Apertura
2012 Liga Profesional Apertura The Strongest 10th 2012 Clausura
Brazil Brazil 2012 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Fluminense 4th 2010
Chile Chile 2012 Primera División Apertura Universidad de Chile 16th 2011 Clausura
2012 Primera División Clausura Huachipato 2nd 1974
Colombia Colombia 2012 Primera A Apertura Santa Fe 7th 1975
2012 Primera A Finalización Millonarios 14th 1998
Ecuador Ecuador 2012 Campeonato Ecuatoriano Serie A Barcelona 14th 1997
Paraguay Paraguay 2012 Primera División Apertura Cerro Porteño 29th 2009 Apertura
2012 Primera División Clausura Libertad 16th 2010 Clausura
Peru Peru 2012 Torneo Descentralizado Sporting Cristal 16th 2005
Uruguay Uruguay 2011–12 Primera División Nacional 44th 2011
Venezuela Venezuela 2011–12 Primera División Deportivo Lara 1st

OFC nations

Nation League Champion Title Last honor
Cook Islands Cook Islands 2012 Round Cup
Fiji Fiji 2012 Fiji National Football League
New Caledonia New Caledonia 2012 New Caledonia Division Honneur
New Zealand New Zealand 2011–12 ASB Premiership Waitakere United 4th 2010–11
Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea 2012 National Soccer League Hekari United 6th 2010-11
Solomon Islands Solomon Islands 2012 S-League Solomon Warriors FC
French Polynesia Tahiti 2011–12 Tahiti First Division Dragon 1st
Tonga Tonga 2012 Tonga Major League Lotoha'apai United 13th 2010–11
Vanuatu Vanuatu 2012 National Soccer League Amicale FC 4th














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