2020 AFC U-23 Championship

Discussion in 'AFC: Tournaments' started by Borah, Jan 1, 2020.

  1. Borah

    Borah Member

    Feb 3, 2018
    This tournament doubles as the qualification for the 2020 Olympic football. The top three finishers will qualify for the Olympics, however if Japan reaches the semi-finals, then the other three semi-finalists will be guaranteed qualification.

    Group A
    Thailand, Iraq, Australia, Bahrain

    Group B
    Qatar, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Syria

    Group C
    Uzbekistan, South Korea, China, Iran

    Group D
    Vietnam, North Korea, Jordan, UAE
     
  2. gamban98

    gamban98 Member

    Dec 7, 2013
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Japan couldn't call up 12 European based players. The biggest absences are Tomiyasu (starter in Serie A), Kubo (starter in La Liga) and Doan (starter for PSV).
     
  3. almango

    almango Member+

    Sydney FC
    Australia
    Nov 29, 2004
    Bulli, Australia
    Club:
    Sydney FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    Australia and Thailand the first teams through to the quarter finals. Iraq and Bahrain eliminated.
     
  4. thewitness

    thewitness Member

    Melbourne Victory, Derby County
    Australia
    Jul 10, 2013
    Club:
    Derby County FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    Interesting to see Syria have 20 of their 23 players born in January, and 8 of those born on January 1st.
     
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  5. almango

    almango Member+

    Sydney FC
    Australia
    Nov 29, 2004
    Bulli, Australia
    Club:
    Sydney FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    April is a big month in Syria.
     
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  6. Fureeku

    Fureeku Member

    Feb 9, 2011
    Maldives
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Maldives
    Not just Syria, but when I was at uni there were a lot of students who came from the more rural areas of Yemen and Iraq, and they had all stated January 1st to be their birthday.

    None of them knew their exact date of birth on the Gregorian calendar, so they just stated the year they were born, and wrote down January 1st as a convenience.

    Age fraud, even unintentional cases, is still a major issue in Asia and it's going to be a while until this is ever resolved. It could be the reason why certain teams are so dominant at junior competitions, but mysteriously fade away at senior level.
     
  7. glennaldo_sf

    glennaldo_sf Member+

    Deportivo Wanka, Semen Padang, Dinamo Bender, Fotballaget Fart
    United States
    Nov 25, 2004
    Doha, Qatar
    Club:
    FL Fart Vang Hedmark
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I had a project once teaching at a gas plant in Abu Dhabi to some of the workers, many of whom were from the Levant & north / north east Africa... many of the trainees had Jan 01 down as their birth-dates. When I asked about that I was told that that was the case, many of them didn't know their actual birthdate.
     
  8. almango

    almango Member+

    Sydney FC
    Australia
    Nov 29, 2004
    Bulli, Australia
    Club:
    Sydney FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    Interesting that most of those areas where part of the Ottoman empire. My grandparents were born in Eastern Europe in part of the Ottoman empire and birth dates there were only ever approximate and sometimes not registered at all. Most birth registrations were done in the local church and sometimes birth dates were recorded, sometimes christening dates were recorded and sometimes the date was just recorded as a particular saint's feast day. As the Julian calendar was in use at the time conversions to the Gregorian Calendar were sometimes done, and sometimes not. I think similar issues affected those of muslim faith, and it still seems to to this day.
     
  9. Borah

    Borah Member

    Feb 3, 2018
    Quarter-finals

    Australia - Syria
    South Korea - Jordan
    Saudi Arabia - Thailand
    UAE - Uzbekistan

    Thailand has played attractive football.
     
  10. almango

    almango Member+

    Sydney FC
    Australia
    Nov 29, 2004
    Bulli, Australia
    Club:
    Sydney FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    Quarter Final results

    Saudi Arabia 1 Thailand 0
    Australia 1 Syria 0 (aet)
     
  11. fcthai

    fcthai New Member

    Nov 15, 2016
    Nat'l Team:
    Thailand
    ******** Saudi Arabia. You are a disgrace to football. Dirty oil money.
     
  12. Vfootball

    Vfootball New Member

    Jan 23, 2018
    Hard luck. Even Vietnamese fans feel sorry for you. What a joke.
     
  13. almango

    almango Member+

    Sydney FC
    Australia
    Nov 29, 2004
    Bulli, Australia
    Club:
    Sydney FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    South Korea 2 Jordan 1
    Uzbekistan 5 UAE 1

    Semi Finals

    Saudi Arabi1 v Uzbekistan
    Australia v South Korea
     
  14. almango

    almango Member+

    Sydney FC
    Australia
    Nov 29, 2004
    Bulli, Australia
    Club:
    Sydney FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    Saudi Arabia 1 Uzbekistan 0
    Australia 0 South Korea 2

    The Koreans and Saudis meet in the final on Sunday and Australia and Korea meet in the 3rd place play off on saturday. The playoff means more than it usually does as the winner qualifies for the Olympics, and the other team gets to contemplate what might have been.
     
  15. glennaldo_sf

    glennaldo_sf Member+

    Deportivo Wanka, Semen Padang, Dinamo Bender, Fotballaget Fart
    United States
    Nov 25, 2004
    Doha, Qatar
    Club:
    FL Fart Vang Hedmark
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yep - gotta say I'm not surprised to see South Korea in the final. They've probably been the most competent and consistent team in the tournament. It's been a very even tournament so far. First stage saw 11 draws and only 13 wins, only 3 of which were by more than one goal, and only one game, Thailand 5-0 Bahrain more than 2... Australia vs Uzbekistan will be huge as it's for the Olympics. Think Korea will be slight favorites for the final but we'll see.
     
  16. almango

    almango Member+

    Sydney FC
    Australia
    Nov 29, 2004
    Bulli, Australia
    Club:
    Sydney FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    Australia 1 Uzbekistan 0

    Australia claim 3rd place and a spot in the Tokyo Olympics.
     
  17. mixpix442

    mixpix442 New Member

    Barcelona
    Spain
    Jan 25, 2020
    dirty oil money, dirty weapon money, dirty human trade money, we all are same us.
    but here in the football world, we are together beyond everything ...
     
  18. almango

    almango Member+

    Sydney FC
    Australia
    Nov 29, 2004
    Bulli, Australia
    Club:
    Sydney FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Australia
    South Korea 1 Saudi Arabia 0.

    Congratulations to South Korea, AFC under 23 Champions.
     
  19. Bluewings21

    Bluewings21 Member

    Suwon Samsung Bluewings
    Apr 26, 2018
    Nat'l Team:
    Korea Republic
    Good tournament for the Koreans
     

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