2019 AFC Asian Cup - Third Round

Discussion in 'AFC: Tournaments' started by jonny63, Mar 29, 2016.

  1. Suren01

    Suren01 Member+

    Apr 9, 2012
    Netherlands
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    Iraq
    Palestine qualified for the 2015 Asian Cup, so it will be their second appearance.
     
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  2. Angsa

    Angsa Member

    Aug 26, 2008
    Hong Kong
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    Everton FC
    Country:
    Argentina


    India 4:1 Macau

    India qualifies for the finals. Macau scored its first goal in the competition.
     
  3. (De La)Redstriker06

    May 3, 2003
    Club:
    Montreal Impact
    Country:
    United States
    It's our second successful qualification. We were there in 2015!

    Lebanon has never qualified (played once as host) but look set to join the party. Yemen has a good chance of getting in too. I've been impressed with both in 2017.

    We are looking at a very plausible scenario of all the Middle Eastern Nations at the Asian Cup. Half the field could conceivably be a WAFF tournament (remember those?)


    QUALIFIED
    Iran
    Saudi Arabia
    Qatar
    UAE
    Iraq
    Syria
    Palestine
    Oman



    ONE POINT AWAY
    Lebanon (10 pts)

    THREE POINTS AWAY
    Jordan (8 points)
    Bahrain (7 points)

    IN POSITION
    Yemen (6 points/0 losses)
     
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  4. dinamo_zagreb

    dinamo_zagreb Member+

    Jun 27, 2010
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    They should throw in the rule that at most two teams from same regional confederation can play in same group.
     
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  5. (De La)Redstriker06

    May 3, 2003
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    Montreal Impact
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    Not so sure about that... To be honest the reason for this disparity is because the AFC has done everything in its power to coddle teams from India and Southeast Asia.

    The way they reorganized the AFC Cup is a glaring example of this. The AFC needs to commit to bringing all of Asia together and it can start by stopping the east v west division in club competition. On top of that, they should do something that grants Asian players equal status as local players in all leagues that allow foreign players.

    I guarantee if they did that the level of football in Asia would be a lot higher.
     
  6. +PL+

    +PL+ Member+

    Jun 22, 2015
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    Just a minor correction. Iran is no longer a member of WAFF. Because of political pressure, Iran left that AFC sub division and created central Asian sub division along Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

    WAFF is an all Arab nations sub division now.

    Iran and Uzbekistan have already qualified from CAFF.
     
  7. (De La)Redstriker06

    May 3, 2003
    Club:
    Montreal Impact
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    United States
    Yeah, I'm aware of that but I still count Iran as part of the Middle Eastern football family.
     
  8. Perspolis#1

    Perspolis#1 Member

    Jun 27, 2011
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    Manchester United FC
    There is no ME football family.

    Although Id be ok with some forced variety in groups. Watching Iran play Bahrain,Qatar, UAE made me eyes bleed in 2015.
     
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  9. thewitness

    thewitness Member

    Jul 10, 2013
    Club:
    Derby County FC
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    Australia
    I'd be happy with some degree of geographical separation at the Asian Cup.
    With the increase to 24 nations, you might be losing quality in the group stage but you should be gaining variety of nations and styles. There's no point blowing this variety and ending up with groups full of similar teams.

    While I'm not advocating for full separation based on region, I think it would be good to allow no more than 2 teams from any one region.

    Happy with 2 teams from Central Asia in the 1 group, just not 3.
    No need to mandate max 1 team per group even if there are less than 6 qualified nations from a Region.
     
  10. Angsa

    Angsa Member

    Aug 26, 2008
    Hong Kong
    Club:
    Everton FC
    Country:
    Argentina
    http://www.the-afc.com/asian-cup-2019/dpr-korea-and-malaysia-matches-to-be-played-in-neutral-venue

    North Korea vs Malaysia and Malaysia vs North Korea will both be played at the same neutral venue. North Korea ‘home’ match taking place on November 10 and the return fixture – Malaysia’s ‘home’ game – on November 13.

    Since both countries lose their home games advantage I suppose it is fair. I think AFC will pick Macau. It is about half way between the two and both should find it acceptable. Macau Stadium is not used much so it should be in good condition, too. Hong Kong is also about half way but we are in the same group so we are not neutral as such. We want Malaysia to take points off North Korea.
     
  11. (De La)Redstriker06

    May 3, 2003
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    Montreal Impact
    Country:
    United States
    :cry: Can we still be friends?
     
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  12. Matilda Maniac

    Matilda Maniac Big Soccer Memebr

    Sep 21, 2006
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  13. thewitness

    thewitness Member

    Jul 10, 2013
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    Derby County FC
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    Australia
    Not neutral enough for the Australian Border Force. No North Koreans allowed, even little kids.
     
  14. Matilda Maniac

    Matilda Maniac Big Soccer Memebr

    Sep 21, 2006
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    Perth Glory
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    or maybe that sarcasm was a bit subtle
     
  15. Angsa

    Angsa Member

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  16. dinamo_zagreb

    dinamo_zagreb Member+

    Jun 27, 2010
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    I'd say this favors Malaysia.
     
  17. mdhm

    mdhm Member

    Southern District FC
    Hong Kong
    Nov 7, 2010
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    Arsenal FC
    Country:
    Hong Kong
    Buriram I-Mobile Stadium will be the venue of North Korea vs Malaysia on Nov 10. The kick-off time is yet to confirm.
     
  18. jagum

    jagum Member

    Jun 20, 2007
    Panama City, Panama
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    Montreal Impact
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    Venezuela
    No surprises , first leg DPR Korea 4-1 Malaysia
     
  19. Angsa

    Angsa Member

    Aug 26, 2008
    Hong Kong
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    Everton FC
    Country:
    Argentina
    Hong Kong will probably lose out to North Korea in the qualifying again...
     
  20. Parisian75

    Parisian75 Member

    Mar 13, 2015
    Lebanon qualified for the 2019 afc asian cup!
     
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  21. Suren01

    Suren01 Member+

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    Congrats Lebanon :)
     
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  22. Angsa

    Angsa Member

    Aug 26, 2008
    Hong Kong
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    Everton FC
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    Argentina
    [​IMG]

    Chinese Taipei flew directly by chartered aircraft from Qatar to Turkmenistan to prepare for the important away match to the hosts. This was the first time in Chinese Taipei football history that the association chartered a aircraft for the national team.
     
  23. (De La)Redstriker06

    May 3, 2003
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    Montreal Impact
    Country:
    United States
    I'm guessing Qatar financed this- Hence the picture of the Emir?
     
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  24. Angsa

    Angsa Member

    Aug 26, 2008
    Hong Kong
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    Everton FC
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    Argentina
    [​IMG]

    Macau is determined to get their first point in the last home match of the Asian Cup qualifying campaign against Kyrgyzstan. They have been training hard and hope that the local support will help them to achieve it.
     
  25. Angsa

    Angsa Member

    Aug 26, 2008
    Hong Kong
    Club:
    Everton FC
    Country:
    Argentina
    #250 Angsa, Nov 13, 2017 at 8:23 PM
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2017 at 8:38 PM
    Turkmenistan probably heard of this and they moved the match from Ashgabat to Balkanabat. Chinese Taipei team had to spend another 12 hours (domestic flight and bus) to get there. Anyway coach Gary White said the team is determined to win the match for everyone in Taiwan.

    [​IMG]

    Tim Chow has gained his Chinese Taipei passport and will make his international debut tonight. Chinese Taipei also recruited Will Donkin, who plays for Crystal Palace U18 for the squad.
     

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