AFC Asian Cup 2019: Group C Preview

AFC Asian Cup 2019: Group C Consists of China, Korea Republic, Kyrgyz Republic and Philippines.

We take a closer look at all four teams and their chances in the AFC Asian Cup.

CHINA PR

CHINA PR

FIFA World Ranking: 76
Asian Cup Appearances: 11
Asian Cup Qualification Second Round – Group C Runners-up with 5 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss
Last 5 games: Qatar (0-1), Bahrain (0-0), India (0-0), Syria (2-0), Palestine (1-1)

The Chinese team comes into the competition at not its splendid best and Marcello Lippi has his errand removed. This will be the Italian’s last task with the Chinese team and he would need to complete on a high.

SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Yan Junling (Shanghai SIPG), Guo Quanbo (Beijing Guoan), Wang Dalei (Shandong Luneng)

Defenders: Liu Yiming (Tianjin Quanjian), Yu Yang (Beijing Guoan), Shi Ke (Shanghai SIPG), Zhang Linpeng (Guangzhou Evergrande), Feng Xiaoting (Guangzhou Evergrande), Zhang Chengdong (Hebei China), Liu Yang (Shandong Luneng)

Midfielders: Zhao Xuri (Tianjin Quanjian), Zheng Zhi (Guangzhou Evergrande), Hao Junmin (Shandong Luneng), Chi Zhongguo (Beijing Guoan), Wu Xi (Jiangsu Suning), Jin Jingdao (Shandong Luneng), Yu Hanchao (Guangzhou Evergrande), Piao Cheng (Beijing Guoan)

Forwards: Wu Lei (Shanghai SIPG), Xiao Zhi (Guangzhou R&F), Wei Shihao (Beijing Guoan), Gao Lin (Guangzhou Evergrande), Yu Dabao (Beijing Guoan)

Key Player – Gao Lin

With 21 goals and over 100 caps for his country, Gao Lin will have to bring in all his experience to see the side through.

KOREA REPUBLIC

KOREA REPUBLIC

FIFA World Ranking: 53
Asian Cup Appearances: 13
Asian Cup Qualification Second Round – Group G Winners with 8 wins, 0 draws and 0 loss
Last 5 games: Uruguay (2-1), Panama (2-2), Australia (1-1), Uzbekistan (4-0), Saudi Arabia (0-0)

Broadly viewed as likely the best side in Asian football, Korea Republic will come into the competition with only a title triumph in sight. Surprisingly, they haven’t won the mainland show-stopper after 1960.

SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka), Jo Hyeon-woo (Daegu FC)

Defenders: Jung Seung-hyun (Kashima Antlers), Kwon Kyung-won (Tianjin Quanjian), Kim Min-jae (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC), Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC), Kim Moon-hwan (Busan IPark), Hong Chul (Suwon Samsung Bluewings), Kim Jin-su (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC), Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande)

Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Newcastle United), Jung Woo-young (Al Sadd), Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg), Hwang In-beom (Daejeon Citizen), Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa FC), Lee Jae-sung (Holstein Kiel), Hwang Hee-chan (Hamburger SV), Na Sang-ho (Gwangju FC), Lee Chung-yong (VfL Bochum), Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur)

Forwards: Hwang Ui-jo (Gamba Osaka), Ji Dong-won (FC Augsburg)

Key Player – Lee Jae-sung

Lee Jae-sung was one of Korea’s best players at the FIFA World Cup and in Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min’s absence from the first two matches, Lee will have to do the majority of attacking work.

PHILIPPINES

PHILIPPINES

FIFA World Ranking: 116
Asian Cup Appearances: 0
Asian Cup Qualification Third Round – Group F Winners with 3 wins, 3 draws and 0 loss
Last 5 games: Thailand (1-1), Indonesia (0-0), Vietnam (1-2), Vietnam (1-2), Vietnam (2-4)

Coming into the competition as one of the debutants, Philippines can play without desires and with a free personality. They as of late made the AFF Suzuki Cup elimination round where they lost to inevitable heroes Vietnam.

SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Nathanael Villanueva (Kaya FC-Iloilo), Michael Falkesgaard (Bangkok United), Kevin Ray Hansen (Horsens)

Defenders: Alvaro Silva (Kedah), Carli de Murga (Ceres-Negros), Daisuke Sato (Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe), Stephan Palla (Buriram United), Luke Woodland (Suphanburi), Adam Tull (NA), Curt Dizon (Ceres-Negros), Paul Mulders (Ceres-Negros)

Midfielders: John-Patrick Strauss (Erzgebirge Aue), Iain Ramsey (Sukhothai), Manuel Ott (Ceres-Negros), Kevin Ingreso (Ceres-Negros), Stephan Schrock (Ceres-Negros), Miguel Tanton (Ceres-Negros), James Younghusband (Davao Aguilas), Mike Ott (Ceres-Negros)

Forwards: Jovin Bedic (Kaya FC-Iloilo), Phil Younghusband (Davao Aguilas), Patrick Reichelt (Ceres-Negros), Javier Patino (Buriram United)

Key Player – Stephan Schrock

A standout amongst the most experienced players in the side having played around Europe in a sparkling profession, Schrock should lead the Azkals from the front when they take the field in Asian Cup.

KYRGYZ REPUBLIC

KYRGYZ REPUBLIC

Like Philippines, this will be Kyrgyz Republic’s first appearance at the Asian Cup too and they would need to appreciate the event to its fullest as opposed to get overpowered by it.

FIFA World Ranking: 91
Asian Cup Appearances: 0
Asian Cup Qualification Third Round – Group A Runners-up with 4 wins, 1 draws and 1 loss
Last 5 games: Palestine (1-1), Syria (2-1), Malaysia (1-0), Japan (0-4), Jordan (1-0)

SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Pavel Matyash (NA), Kutman Kadyrbekov (Dordoi Bishkek), Valery Kashuba (Dordoi Bishkek)

Defenders: Valery Kichin (Yenisey Krasnoyarsk), Tamirlan Kozubaev (Dordoi Bishkek), Mustafa Iusupov (Dordoi Bishkek), Aizar Akmatov (Alga Bishkek), Viktor Maier (SC Wiedenbrück), Daniel Tagoe (Chittagong Abahani)

Midfielders: Tursunali Rustamov (Alga Bishkek), Aziz Sydykov (Dordoi Bishkek), Edgar Bernhardt (GKS Tychy), Bekzhan Sagynbaev (Dordoi Bishkek), Odiljon Abdurakhmanov (FC Alay), Murolimzhon Akhmedov (Dordoi Bishkek), Kairat Zhyrgalbek Uulu (Dordoi Bishkek), Bakhtiyar Duyshobekov (Bashundhara Kings), Farhat Musabekov (Dordoi Bishkek), Anton Zemlianukhin (Ilbirs Bishkek), Akhlidin Israilov (NA)

Forwards: Mirlan Murzaev (Somaspor Kulübü), Ernist Batyrkanov (Dordoi Bishkek), Vitalij Lux (SSV Ulm)

Key Player – Bakhtiyar Duyshobekov

The defensive midfielder will have a significant task to carry out in dealing with his side’s protections and ensuring they make it difficult for the restriction to score against them.

PREDICTIONS

With two debutants and two superpowers of Asian football in the gathering, this may very well be a standout amongst the most direct gatherings in the competition.

However, if one of Philippines and Kyrgyz Republic deal with a draw against one of Korea and China and get three points from the apparatus between them, they will expand their odds of qualifying as a standout amongst other third-set groups from the group stage.

First place: Korea Republic

Second place: China PR

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