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.
Dubai: With the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Official Draw now just days away, we sought the views of five football experts from across the continent.
The 2019 AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates is set to be the largest version of the continental competition yet, with 24 teams going into the Official Draw to be held in Dubai on Friday.
As such, the-AFC.com reached out to each of the Asian Football Confederation's regions (WAFF, CAFA, SAFF, EAFF and ASEAN), for a representative to give their thoughts on the draw and how they see things potentially playing out.
Kuala Lumpur: Server Djeparov will keenly follow the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Official Draw on Friday as the Uzbekistan legend awaits to see which teams his country will be drawn with in the Continent's showpiece football tournament.
Djeparov will join the AFC Asian Cup’s Digital Media team at the draw, when the 24 participating countries will learn their group stage opponents for next January’s tournament.
The Central Asian country’s most capped player, Djeparov will offer his exclusive insight into the proceedings at Dubai’s Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa after flying in from Tehran following his club side Esteghlal’s Hazfi Cup final a day earlier.
Currently plying his trade for the Iranian giants, Djeparov has turned out for clubs in his native Uzbekistan, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran, while he has also appeared for his country more than 120 times.
Statistics page launched ahead of AFC Asian Cup 2019 Final Draw
Kuala Lumpur: With just 250 days to go before the Continent's most prestigious football tournament - the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 - kicks off, the Asian Football Confederation has launched a statistics site for football fans.
The statistics page features all competitions organised by the AFC - stretching as far back as the inaugural AFC Asian Cup in 1956.
Fans can track the performance of their favourite teams - be it in the AFC Asian Cup, Women's Asian Cup, the AFC Champions League, the AFC Cup or the numerous age-group Championships organised by the AFC in its continuous efforts to raise the standard of Asian Football - over the years on the statistics page.
Dubai: The Final Draw for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 takes place on May 4. We know the identities of 24 teams and it's time to turn our attention to the permutations on offer.
The-AFC.com looks at what could unfold at the prestigious tournament draw event in Dubai and which teams could be pitted against one another in the proverbial group of death, groups of champions, familiar foes and more.