Azkals draw Korea, China, Kyrgyz Republic in 2019 AFC Asian Cup

Saul Bowman
May 7, 2018

The 2019 Asian Cup will be played at eight venues in four cities in the UAE - Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Al Ain - in a tournament that will run from January 5 to February 1.

Since first taking part in Asian Cup qualifiers in 1972, Jordan reached the Asian Championship three times.

With an outstanding generation of talent, a core group of players now with invaluable experience in Asia's leading domestic competition and a wily coach who knows how to navigate his way out of the cut and thrust of tournament play, this is a wonderful opportunity for the Thais to go deep into the latter stages. "What we are facing (in Asian Cup) are the best in Asia", Chhetri said.

Wishing for more manageable opponents in the second pot, the Azkals instead drew China after Thailand and Syria got picked in groups A and B respectively.


The one positive for the so-called smaller nations with the expanded 24-team tournament though is that not only do the top two in each progress but also four of the best third-placed teams. We know whichever team we face, it's going to be hard.

The last time India participated in the continental tournament, in 2011, they were thrashed by South Korea, Australia and Bahrain, returning home bruised and battered after conceding a barrage of goals.

"The other three teams in the group have a higher Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking than Thailand, but we are ready to play against every team in the group". You should judge your own team first, how we are doing and how we will be in 6 months and then you form your opinion. They are competing with the best in Asia. "I could not have asked for anything more". I believe on our day we can beat anybody. "It is not", he said on the sidelines of an initiative by KIA Motors India to select two school children as official match ball carriers for the upcoming World Cup in Russian Federation. "Obviously it will not be easy but I think there are possibilities to qualify from this group".

After being grouped once again with their 2016 foes in this year's AFF Suzuki Cup, the Azkals are hoping for a reversal of fortunes in Dubai that was made Friday evening (early Saturday morning Manila time) as they were seeded 20th overall and in pot 4. I don't think it is going to help us to talk about what we did before. I am happy we have broken inside 100 but the way ranking works is very, very tricky so I don't give it too much importance.

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