Published On: Sun, Dec 9th, 2018

The Preparation for Asian Cup 2019: A Look at the Teams

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What is the Asian Cup?

The AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Asian Cup 2019 will mark the 17th year since its conception in 1956. This is the second oldest football championship ever hosted continentally. The championship is held every four years, except after 2004, where it was next hosted in 2007 to move away from the other football championships held in the same year. If you are betting online with lvbet bonus code, we are sure you are already following the developments.

The Preparation for Asian Cup 2019

The upcoming 2019 tournament will be hosted in the United Arab Emirates, and it will be the second time that the UAE has hosted the tournament since 1996. This year will also feature an increase in the number of teams playing from 16 to 24. Thus, the tournament will commence with a group stage made up of all 24 teams (6 groups of 4 teams) followed by a knockout stage, leaving them with eight teams.

The tournament will begin on the 5th of January, and with there being a little over 20 days remaining, all the teams are hard at work preparing for their win and the chance to compete in the 2021 FIFA Federations Cup.
The 2019 tournament has a record winning pool of $15 million up for grabs and will feature the use of VAR (Video Assistant Referee) Technology for the first time. Australia is the current defending champion having won the 2015 tournament and will be up against other major players like Lebanon and South Korea.

Team Preparation

A lot of the Asian nations have been taking this time until the tournament begins to compete against other countries in preparation for the tournament. The Indian Football team has gone against Jordan and China over the past two months to experiment new tactics and gain as much experience as they can before they face the tournament. Teams like China are a powerhouse in this tournament, and most of these teams are competing against tough match-ups where they are under constant pressure so that they would be more comfortable when playing in the upcoming matches.

Friendly Tournaments

Some countries such as Saudi Arabia are also participating in friendly tournaments to better improve their game. The Super Clasico Tournament played by four teams (Brazil, Iraq, Argentina and Saudi Arabia) has been an important step for both Iran and Saudi as they prepare for the upcoming tournament. As per the team managers, they have identified the key mistakes and have tested the readiness of their players by competing in this tournament.

Saudi Arabia is a three-time continental champion side, and a matchup between them and Iraq ended up with a 0-0 draw that is said to have boosted morale on both sides.

Early Problems

Iran has been playing friendly matches against Venezuela and Trinidad, but on the other hand, has been facing a lot of problems within the country itself. Unpaid wages from the 2018 FIFA World Cup and toxic publicity from the local media have prompted the team players to deactivate their social media accounts and boycott media interviews by refusing to speak to any reporters. They are also said to have been given very little help regarding facilities to use to prepare for the tournament, and enraged, the players are being forced to make a stand.

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