Friday, 21 September, 2018

AFC Asian Cup: Azkals grouped with China, South Korea

India captain Sunil Chhetri with coach Stephen Constantine India captain Sunil Chhetri with coach Stephen Constantine
Gerardo Duncan | 06 May, 2018, 00:27

In the 1984 edition, India crashed out at the group stage with one draw and three losses.

The new trophy was unveiled by Sheikh Salman and former UAE global Zuhair Bakheet during the Final Draw. India are now ranked 97th as per the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association ratings.

The Saudis have won the continental championship three times, but their last success was in 1996 when the event was hosted by the UAE.

The draw for the 24-team event was made in Dubai on Friday with top-seeded Australia facing Syria and Jordan, who they met en route to qualification for the World Cup in Russian Federation, and Palestine in Group B.

What a beauty! #AsianCup2019 trophy and the official match ball. They were on an 13-game unbeaten run dating back to June 2016 but that was recently halted by Kyrgyz Republic in Bishkek in March this year.

Coached by Felix Sanchez, Qatar are one of the 24 teams that will feature in the biggest tournament for national teams in Asia.

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Iran, meanwhile, meet historic rivals Iraq in group D alongside Vietnam and Yemen as they seek to claim the title for the first time since 1976.

Yesterday's draw ceremony was conducted in Dubai in the presence of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and the entire football fraternity that also included the coaches of the teams featuring at the Jan 5-Feb 1 tournament.

Group F: Japan, Uzbekistan, Oman, Turkmenistan. "We have the blessing of an entire nation and hopefully we will go on and put on a show".

Defending champions Australia will renew their rivalry with Syria after being drawn alongside the Middle Eastern nation.

Here's the complete #AsianCup2019 Final Draw! The Socceroos beat Korea 2-1 in the 2015 Asian Cup final held in Sydney.

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