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UAE 2019 Birthday Boys


Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Takumi Minamino (2)

Kuala Lumpur: When the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 gets underway next month there will be more than 550 players hoping to have a celebration as the final concludes on February 1, but before that there are plenty amongst that number who will be having a smaller party of their own given that their birthday falls during the four-week extravaganza.


22 of the 24 participating nations will likely have a birthday boy amongst their ranks, with 2007 winners Iraq heading the list given they could potentially have seven players set to blow out the candles should they progress to at least the quarter-finals.

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In total, there could be as many as 61 players in contention for their nation's AFC Asian Cup squads who are set to celebrate their big day during the competition, with some fortunate to even do so during one of the various matchdays.

Australia defender Trent Sainsbury turns 27 on the opening day of the tournament - one of five to celebrate their birthday then - whilst Thailand striker Adisak Kraisorn will be 28 on the day of the final.

GROUP A

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Zaid Al Ameri (January 14) - Turning 22

Mohammed Marzooq (January 23) - Turning 30

Saif Rashid (January 25) - Turning 25

THAILAND

Sasalak Haiprakhon (January 8) - Turning 23

Charyl Chappuis (January 12) - Turning 27

Korrakot Wiriyaudomsiri (January 19) - Turning 31

Kawin Thamsatchanan (January 26) - Turning 29

Adisak Kraisorn [pictured above] (February 1) - Turning 28

INDIA

Anirudh Thapa (January 5) - Turning 21

Jeje Lalpekhlua (January 7) - Turning 28

Karanjit Singh (January 8) - Turning 33

BAHRAIN

NONE

GROUP B

AUSTRALIA

Trent Sainsbury [pictured above] (January 5) - Turning 27

Apostolos Giannou (January 25) - Turning 29

SYRIA

Osama Omari (January 10) - Turning 27

Amro Jenyat (January 15) - Turning 26

Omar Midani (January 26) - Turning 25

PALESTINE

Mohamad Basim (January 29) - Turning 24

Pablo Tamburrini (January 30) - Turning 29

JORDAN

Baha' Abdel-Rahman (January 5) - Turning 32

Oday Zahran (January 29) - Turning 28

Yazan Abu Arab (January 31) - Turning 23


GROUP C

KOREA REPUBLIC

Lee Seung-woo (January 6) - Turning 21

Park Joo-ho (January 16) - Turning 32

Ki Sung-yueng [pictured above] (January 24) - Turning 30

Hwang Hee-chan (January 26) - Turning 23

Kwon Kyung-won (January 31) - Turning 26

CHINA PR

Shi Ke (January 8) - Turning 26

Wang Dalei (January 10) - Turning 30

Jin Jingdao (January 18) - Turning 27

Yan Junling (January 28) - Turning 28

KYRGYZ REPUBLIC

Murolimzhon Akhmedov (January 5) - Turning 27

PHILIPPINES

Misagh Bahadoran (January 10) - Turning 32

Paul Mulders (January 16) - Turning 38

John-Patrick Strauß (January 28) - Turning 23


GROUP D

ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN

NONE

IRAQ

Waleed Salem (January 5) - Turning 27

Mahdi Kamel (January 6) - Turning 24

Mustafa Mohammed (January 14) - Turning 21

Osama Rashid (January 17) - Turning 27

Saad Abdul-Amir [pictured above] (January 19) - Turning 27

Brwa Nouri (January 23) - Turning 32

Mohammed Hameed (January 24) - Turning 26

VIETNAM

Pham Duc Huy (January 20) - Turning 24

Nguyen Cong Phuong (January 21) - Turning 24

Nguyen Anh Duc (January 25) - Turning 34

YEMEN

Abdulaziz Al Gumaei (January 8) - Turning 29

GROUP E

SAUDI ARABIA

Hussein Abdulghani [pictured above] (January 21) - Turning 42

Housain Al Mogahwi (January 28) - Turning 31

QATAR

Abdulkarim Al Ali (January 10) - Turning 25

Ali Asad (January 19) - Turning 26

Ahmed Alaaeldin (January 31) - Turning 26

LEBANON

Maher Sabra (January 14) - Turning 27

Mootaz Jounaidi (January 20) - Turning 33

DPR KOREA

Ri Yong-chol (January 8) - Turning 28

Kim Yu-song (January 24) - Turning 24


GROUP F

JAPAN

Takumi Minamino [pictured above] (January 16) - Turning 24

UZBEKISTAN

Ikromjon Alibaev (January 9) - Turning 25

OMAN

Mahmood Al Mushaifri (January 14) - Turning 26

Ali Al-Busaidi (January 21) - Turning 28

Ali Al-Jabri (January 29) - Turning 29

TURKMENISTAN

Myrat Yagsyyev (January 12) - Turning 27

Vahyt Orazsahedov (January 26) - Turning 27

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