Opening Asia for Russia

AFC Asian Cup kicks off in UAE

05.01.2019 160 просмотров

24 teams take part in the final tournament.


From January 5 to February 1, the games of the Asian Cup in football will be held in the United Arab Emirates. Matches will be held in the cities of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain and Sharjah at eight stadiums. This is reported by TASS.

The main arena of the tournament is Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, which will host the opening match of the tournament between the hosts and the national team of Bahrain, as well as the final. This arena is the largest and has a capacity of 43,630 thousand spectators.

The competition is hosted by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and this year for the first time organized in a new format, with the participation of 24 teams. Previously, there were 16 of them.

According to the results of the qualifying rounds, the teams were divided into six groups of four each, the winners of the groups and the teams that took second places will advance to the 1/8 finals. Also, the four best teams that took third places in their quartets will advance to the playoffs.

Teams from the United Arab Emirates, Thailand, India and Bahrain will play in Group A.

In Group B, the current holders of the Asian Cup, the Australians will play with the teams of Syria, Palestine and Jordan.

Teams from Kyrgyzstan, South Korea, China and the Philippines will play in group C.

Teams from Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Japan and Oman will take part in group F.

E will play Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and North Korea.

Teams from Iran, Iraq, Vietnam and Yemen will fight in group D.

This Asian Cup will be the first in which the teams of three former Soviet republics - Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan - will play at once. The leader among them is the Uzbek team, which has been participating in the final stages of the Asian Championship since 1996, and in 2004 it reached the playoffs for the first time. Her best result so far was fourth place in 2011.

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