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Know Your AFC Asian Cup 2019 Teams


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Dubai: The draw for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 is just two days away with the six groups set to be unveiled during a glittering ceremony at the Armani Hotel Ballroom in the UAE’s iconic Burj Khalifa on Friday.


It was an arduous campaign as 45 teams competed in a qualifying campaign that began in March 2015. Join the-AFC.com as we take a look at the 12 teams who will be in Pots 1 and 2 of the draw for the expanded 24-team AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.




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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES



FIFA Ranking: 81



Previous AFC Asian Cup Appearances: 9



AFC Asian Cup Record: Runners-up - 1996



Head Coach: Alberto Zaccheroni (ITA) 



As hosts, the UAE have been placed in Pot A for Friday's draw and head coach Alberto Zaccheroni's men will be eager to know the result as they target lifting the new AFC Asian Cup trophy on home soil come February 1, 2019.

IR IRAN



FIFA Ranking: 36



Previous AFC Asian Cup Appearances: 13



AFC Asian Cup Record: Champions - 1976, 1972, 1968



Head Coach: Carlos Queiroz (POR)



Iran will be eager to translate their position as the Continent's top ranked team into a tournament-winning squad as they look to add to the hat-trick of titles won between 1968 and 1976.



AUSTRALIA



FIFA Ranking: 40



Previous AFC Asian Cup Appearances: 3



AFC Asian Cup Record: Champions 2015



Head Coach: Graham Arnold (AUS)



(after FIFA World Cup Russia 2018)



Definitely boosted after qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 in arduous fashion, Australia will look to defend the AFC Asian Cup title they won for the first time in spectacular fashion on home soil in 2015 with new head coach Graham Arnold plotting their bid.



JAPAN



FIFA Ranking: 60



Previous AFC Asian Cup Appearances: 8



AFC Asian Cup Record: Champions - 2011, 2004, 2000, 1992



Head Coach: Hajime Moriyasu (JPN)



A fifth title is what Japan will be targeting to further consolidate themselves as the most successful team in the AFC Asian Cup, especially after having being eliminated in the 2015 quarter-finals.

KOREA REPUBLIC



FIFA Ranking: 61



Previous AFC Asian Cup Appearances: 13



AFC Asian Cup Record: Champions - 1960, 1956



Head Coach: Shin Tae-yong (KOR)



Given their pedigree, Korea Republic will surely be among the favourites to lift the AFC Asian Cup trophy, especially after having suffered heartbreak in the 2015 final against Australia which meant their wait for a third title continued.






SAUDI ARABIA



FIFA Ranking: 70



Previous AFC Asian Cup Appearances: 9



AFC Asian Cup Record: Champions - 1996, 1988, 1984



Head Coach: Juan Antonio Pizzi (ARG)



Saudi Arabia will feel they are long overdue a fourth AFC Asian Cup title and boosted by their FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 qualification, the West Asians are surely among the favourites in UAE 2019.






CHINA PR



FIFA Ranking: 73



Previous AFC Asian Cup Appearances: 11



AFC Asian Cup Record: Runners-up - 2004, 1984



Head Coach: Marcello Lippi (ITA)



Having suffered the heartbreak of missing out on the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, China PR will look to erase that disappointment by lifting the AFC Asian Cup title for the first time, having twice finished as runners-up.






SYRIA



FIFA Ranking: 76



Previous AFC Asian Cup Appearances: 5



AFC Asian Cup Record: Group Stage - 2011, 1996, 1988, 1984, 1980



Head Coach: Bernd Stange (GER)



Syria will be a team to watch, especially after their hugely impressive run in the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 qualifiers, where the West Asians were only shown the exit after a huge effort against Australia in the Continental Play-off.




UZBEKISTAN



FIFA Ranking: 88



Previous AFC Asian Cup Appearances: 6



AFC Asian Cup Record: Fourth - 2011



Acting Head Coach: Ravshan Khaydarov (UZB)



Surely disappointed after missing out on a place in the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, Uzbekistan will aim to stamp their mark in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 and they have the quality to go far, as shown by their juniors triumph in the AFC U23 Championship 2018.






IRAQ



FIFA Ranking: 88



Previous AFC Asian Cup Appearances: 8



AFC Asian Cup Record: Champions - 2007



Head Coach: Basim Al Suwaid (IRQ)



Iraq, as always, will be a team to watch and they will be eager to better their fourth place finish of 2015 and add to their majestic triumph in 2007.






QATAR



FIFA Ranking: 101



Previous AFC Asian Cup Appearances: 9



AFC Asian Cup Record: Q-finalists - 2011, 2000



Head Coach: Felix Sanchez (SPA)



Despite nine previous appearances in the AFC Asian Cup, Qatar have only progressed as far as the quarter-finals on two occasions and that is a stat Felix Sanchez's squad will be out to better in UAE 2019.






THAILAND



FIFA Ranking: 122



Previous AFC Asian Cup Appearances: 6



AFC Asian Cup Record: Third - 1972



Head Coach: Milovan Rajevac (SRB)



Third in 1972, Thailand have not progressed beyond the group stage in their subsequent five appearances and this is something they will be aiming to better in UAE 2019.

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