Kuala Lumpur: It has been seven years since the AFC Asian Cup travelled down under for the first time, with Australia welcoming Asia a decade after joining the AFC, and it was by all measures a historic tournament.
Five venues across the cities of Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle and Sydney hosted the games with the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium hosting the opening match and Stadium Australia in Sydney hosting the final.
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Dubai: The first major international tournament in 2022 gets underway in Cameroon on Sunday with 24 African teams competing in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, and there is no shortage of Asia-based talents to watch. The-AFC.com digs into the squads to explore the footprint of Asian football in the upcoming competition.
Some high-profile Asia-based players miss out on this edition of AFCON such as Tunisia pair Yassine Meriah (Al Ain) and Feras Belarbi (Ajman) and Nigeria forward Odion Ighalo (Al Shabab), while others see their nations miss out including 2021 AFC Champions League top scorer Michael Olunga whose Kenya team were pipped out to Cameroon 2021 by debutants Comoros.
Kuala Lumpur: January 7th marks 11 years since the 2011 AFC Asian Cup kicked off in the Qatari capital Doha. A tournament that concluded 22 days later with Japan picking up a record fourth continental title.
Hosted in five stadiums, two of which are set to host games in the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the-AFC.com takes a stroll down memory lane for one of the most exciting editions in AFC Asian Cup history.
Four years after the unique experience of hosting the 2007 AFC Asian Cup in four countries for the first time in the competition’s history, eyes turned to the west of the continent with Qatar playing hosts to Asia’s top national teams’ competition for the second time in their history after 1988.
Iraq arrived in Doha as reigning champions, while Saudi Arabia and Japan were eager to establish advantage in the race to dominate the continent, having won three AFC Asian Cup titles each. And while there were no debutants, the 2011 edition saw the return of India for the first time since 1984, DPR Korea for the first time since 1992 and Syria who had been absent since 1996.