The date is drawing near; the AFC Asian 2019 Cup will begin from the 5th January to 1st February next year. This event is surely the biggest football event in Asian countries. In this competition, there are 26 teams from different countries that are qualified, will face each other until there is a winner which worthy of the cup. On this upcoming AFC Asian 2019 Cup, the country which will be the host is the United Arab Emirates, which was hosted the same event in 1996. As usual, the host country will automatically be qualified for the finals, and the remaining 23 will join the knockout round to choose the ones that would enter the finals. The current defending champion is the Australia team, which is going to join the upcoming AFC Asian 2019 Cup.
In this tournament, there will be 6 group of 4 teams each, and there is already a schedule of the matches. Group A consists of Bahrain, India, Thailand, and United Arab Emirates. The first match will be between UEA and Bahrain, and the second match is between Thailand and India. In group B, there is Australia, Jordan, Palestine, and Syria, with Australia vs. Jordan and Syria vs. Palestine for the first match. We will get to see how the defending champion would play on the second day of the match. Then there is group C which consists of China, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, and Phillippines. The first matchup would be between China vs. Kyrgyzstan and South Kore vs. Phillippines. Iran, Iraq, Vietnam, and Yemen would be in group D with Iran vs. Yemen and Iraq vs. Vietnam. In Group E, we will see the match between Saudi Arabia vs. North Korea and Japan vs. Turkmenistan. Group F will be the competition between Uzbekistan vs. Oman and Qatar vs. Lebanon.
That is for the matchday 1 out of 3; there are still more interesting matches to watch. One thing is for sure that we will get to see the performance of the defending Champion early in the tournament. The teams that are joining the tournament have all passed from the qualifying matches, which started in March 2015. The qualifying matches themselves also consisted of three stages, in which two of the three stages were also combined with FIFA 2018 world cup qualification. The final stage of the qualifying session of AFC Asian 2019 Cup had 24 remaining teams participating. You can’t expect the football stars like Portugal, Argentina, or Brazil to join the tournament. This game is about the teams that are still growing regarding football. The tournament will surely have its benefits for each team, moreover the winner. Whoever competing in the game, it is still so much fun to watch a football match, and of course, there are already so many people eager to see how their favorite local team will play.
As the host of the AFC Asian 2019 Cup is the United Arab Emirates, the venues and stadiums used will be the best ones from the country. There are eight venues to be enlisted on the schedule, they are:
- Zayed Sports City Stadium
- Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
- Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
- Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
- Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
- Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
- Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
- Sharjah Stadium
All the 24 countries will play in the listed stadiums above, all of them have a huge capacity to contain spectators from various countries. Among eight of them, the Zayed Sports City Stadium, which is the biggest, would be the place for the final match. Even though the date is close, but there is no info about the full schedule for the venues yet.
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It is because the current focus is still on FIFA world cup 2018 in Russia, but soon the full schedule of the matches would be revealed. The exact venue for the opening and final match has been decided, which is the biggest stadium in Abu Dhabi. And for the rest of the match will most probably be scheduled on each of the remaining stadiums evenly. Judging from the total number of the matches and the venues used, it is predicted that each venue will hold at least five matches.