2019 Asian Cup: The Emirates, ready to host the biggest Asian tournament

For almost one month, 24 teams from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will battle to see who is the best team in the region.

During the next 28 days, 24 nations from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will play against each other in order to see who is the best team in the region.

The 2019 AFC Asian Cup will start today in four different cities of the United Arab Emirates (UAE): Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain, and Sharjah.

Eight different stadiums will be used for this tournament, in a country that just a few weeks ago hosted the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup.

The hosts will play against Bahrain today at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, to kick off the action of Group A, which is formed by the UAE, Thailand, India, and Bahrain.

In Group B, current champions Australia will play against Syria, Palestine, and Jordan; while Group C is made up of South Korea, China, Kyrgyzstan, and the Philippines.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 01: Abdelkarim Hassan of Qatar celebrates with a teammate following their sides victory during the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar at Zayed Sports City Stadium on February 1, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Qatar will plan soon how to aim higher

The Qatari national team won the AFC Asian Cup for the first time ever, but the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts don't want it to end there.

Iran leads Group D together with Iraq, Vietnam, and Yemen; and Saudi Arabia is the first seeded team in Group E with Qatar, Lebanon, and North Korea.

The last block of countries, Group F, sees Japan, Uzbekistan, Oman, and Turkmenistan play each other.

The two winners of each group and the best four third-placed teams will qualify for the Round of 16 starting January 20th.

The great Final will be played at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on February 1st.

The champion of this tournament will be AFC’s 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup representative in an Asian country yet to be confirmed. If the eventual host country wins the Asian Cup, the runner-up will qualify for the FIFA tournament.

Who do you think will win this competition?


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