Asian Cup 2019: Complete guide, Fixtures and Teams

The Asian Cup 2019 is due to kick off in January 2019, marking the next major international tournament following the World Cup 2018.

AFC decided the 17th edition of the competition will be hosted in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and will take place from January 5 until February 1.

The host nation gained automatic qualification, and the first draw has taken place with all 24 teams allocated to their groups ahead of the tournament’s start next month.

Who are the Asian Cup 2019 hosts?

In 2019 the Asian Cup across eight different stadia in four different cities across the UAE. The eight venues were confirmed in 2015, directly after the last Asian Cup finals.

Each of the venues will stage at least three group stage games and a knockout round tie each. The breakdown of venues and games can be seen in the table below.

GamesCityStadium
Group stage & Round of 16Abu DhabiAl Nahyan Stadium
Group stage & Round of 16Al AinSheikh Khalifa International Stadium
Group stage & Round of 16SharjahSharjah Stadium
Group stage & Round of 16DubaiMaktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium
Group stage, Round of 16 & Quarter-finalsDubaiAl-Maktourn Stadium
Group stage, Round of 16, Quarter-finals & Semi-finalsAl AinHazza bin Zayed Stadium
Group stage, Round of 16, Quarter-finals & Semi-finalsAbu DhabiMohammed bin Zayed Stadium
Group stage, Round of 16, Quarter-finals and FinalAbu DhabiZayed Sports City Stadium

When does the Asian Cup start?

The Asian Cup kicks off with a game involving host nation United Arab Emirates (UAE) on January 5, 2019 . They will face Bahrain in the first of their group fixtures and will take place at Zayed Sports City Stadium, which will also host the final.

The tournament concludes on February 5 and there is no third-place play-off game, with the two semi-finals to be played at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium and Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium.


Which teams have qualified for Asian Cup 2019, and when are the fixtures?

The draw for the 2019 Asian Cup took place on May 4, 2018 and divided the 24 qualified nations into six groups. 

Reigning Asian Cup champions Australia are in a group with Syria, Palestine and Jordan. While Qatar, who host the 2022 World Cup, will face Lebanon, North Korea and Saudi Arabia. 

The 2019 edition of the Asian Cup starts on January 5 as hosts UAE take on Bahrain in the opening game. Each group then has six games before the top two progress to the last 16 as well at the top three third place nations from all groups.

One of the top games to watch in the tournament takes place during the last group games with Australia taking on Syria in Al Ain, as the Socceroos ended the war-torn Arab nation’s chances of competing in the 2018 World Cup. 

The last day of the group stage is January 17, with the knockout stage commencing on January 20 – a last 16 will be followed by quarter-finals, semi-final and a final in Abu Dhabi.

A full list of every team that has qualified, their fixtures is 

Group A

DateGameTime (UK)Venue
January 9, 2019UAE vs Bahrain11amAl Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 9, 2019Thailand vs India1:30pmSharjah Stadium, Sharjah
January 13, 2019Bahrain vs Thailand1:30pmZayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 13, 2019India vs UAE4pmMaktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
January 17, 2019UAE vs Thailand1:30pmMohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 17, 2019India vs Bahrain1:30pmKhalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain

Group B

DateGameTime (UK)Venue
January 6, 2019Australia vs Jordan11amHazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
January 6, 2019Syria vs Palestine3:30pmSharjah Stadium, Sharjah
January 10, 2019Jordan vs Syria1:30pmKhalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
January 11, 2019Palestine vs Australia11amMaktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
January 15, 2019Australia vs Syria1:30pmKhalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
January 15, 2019Palestine vs Jordan1:30pmMohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Group C

DateGameTime (UK)Venue
January 7, 2019China PR vs Kyrgyzstan11amAl Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 7, 2019South Korea vs Philippines1:30pmSharjah Stadium, Sharjah
January 11, 2019Philippines vs China PR1:30pmZayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 11, 2019Kyrgyzstan vs South Korea4pmMaktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
January 16, 2019South Korea vs China PR1:30pmMohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 16, 2019Kyrgyzstan vs Philippines1:30pmKhalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain

Group D

DateGameTime (UK)Venue
January 7, 2019Iran vs Yemen4pmMohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 8, 2019Iraq vs Vietnam1:30pmZayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 12, 2019Vietnam vs Iran11amAl Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 12, 2019Yemen vs Iraq1:30pmSharjah Stadium, Sharjah
January 16, 2019Vietnam vs Yemen4pmHazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
January 16, 2019Iran vs Iraq4pmAl-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai

Group E

DateGameTime (UK)Venue
January 9, 2019Japan vs Turkmenistan4pmAl Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 9, 2019Uzbekistan vs Oman1:30pmSharjah Stadium, Sharjah
January 13, 2019Oman vs Japan1:30pmZayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 13, 2019Turkmenistan vs Uzbekistan4pmMaktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
January 17, 2019Oman vs Turkmenistan1:30pmMohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 17, 2019Japan vs Uzbekistan1:30pmKhalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain

Group F

DateGameTime (UK)Venue
January 9, 2019France vs South Korea11amAl Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 9, 2019Norway vs Nigeria1:30pmSharjah Stadium, Sharjah
January 13, 2019Nigeria vs South Korea1:30pmZayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 13, 2019France vs Norway4pmMaktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
January 17, 2019Nigeria vs France1:30pmMohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
January 17, 2019Japan vs Uzbekistan1:30pmKhalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain

Who are the favourites to win Asian Cup 2019?

Japan  will go into the tournament as one of favourites after getting to the last 16 in the World Cup 2018 and narrowly missed out on a chance to progress after being defeated by an extra-time goal against Belgium. The final score finished 3-2 despite Japan being 2-0 up just after half-time. 

Asian Cup 2015 winners  Australia will also be in strong contention to win the tournament, despite them only making it to the group stages of World Cup and the retirement of attacking midfielder Tim Cahill.

Another teams expected to do well are South Korea , who despite not progressing further in the tournament defeated and eliminated Germany in their final game of World Cup 2018. Syria , too, will have high hopes having narrowly missed out on their chance to go to Russia 2018 in a continental play-off defeat.

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