Asian Cup: Azkals grouped with South Korea, China, Kyrgyz Republic

AFC Asian Cup Draw : As It Happened

Asian Cup titleholder Australia faces Syria, a team the Socceroos defeated in a World Cup playoff in October, as well as Palestine and Jordan.

The Philippines were given a ray of hope in their debut in a major tournament, having been drawn in a relatively fair group in the AFC Asian Cup next year in the UAE.

Vietnam too were handed a very tough group being slotted in alongside former champions Iran and Iraq as well as a Yemen outfit that will be desperate to provide a 2007 Iraq-like fairytale for their troubled nation.

Drawn with South Korea, China and Kyrgyzstan, the immediate aim should simply be to ensure they are competitive, but that task is being hampered by the protracted situation around the issue of just who is likely to be tasked with coaching the side come January.

The ultimate winners at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on Feb.1, 2019, will receive an impressive $5 million.

"I have heard people saying that our group is not hard, but whoever has qualified for the Asian Cup finals, they are all strong and have quality".

This is India's fourth qualification to the AFC Asian Cup, the last one being in Doha in 2011.

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Announced earlier in the ceremony was that a total of $15M is up for grabs.

In addition to the purse prize for the winners, the AFC President also announced the runners-up will receive $3 million, with the two losing semi-finalists pocketing $1 million each.

"I think I am really happy about the way we have played but the stage we are talking about is very different". It also reached the Asian Cup in 2011 and 2015.

The new trophy was unveiled by Sheikh Salman and former UAE global Zuhair Bakheet during the Final Draw. We have to make sure we use the tournament exposure well.

The new trophy is revolutionary in design and stands at an impressive 78cm high and 42cm wide and is crafted from 15 kilogrammes of Hallmarked Sterling Silver bullion. Two kids are going to official ball carriers in the World Cup, one of the matches will be Brazil vs Costa Rica and the other Panama vs Belgium.

He hoped that ahead of the AFC Asian Cup, they will play tougher opponents for practice because the teams they will take on in UAE will be very hard.

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