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Bumper cast for 2018 Asian Games men's football

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Korea Republic-Asian Games 2014-AFP

Jakarta: 32 countries have confirmed participation in men's football at the 2018 Asian Games, making it the largest ever. 

“The number of teams is amazing," said Indonesia Asian Games Organising Committee head Erick Thohir.

“The number of football participants is equal to the FIFA World Cup."

The 18th Asian Games, to be held in Jakarta and Palembang,  is on August 18 to September 2.

Football is an Under-23 affair at the Asian Games, with each team allowed three overaged players.

Korea Republic won the men's football gold medal in the 2014 Incheon edition, with DPR Korea second and Iraq third. 

Photo: AFP