AFC Asian Cup: India clubbed with Thailand, Bahrain, hosts UAE

2019 AFC Asian Cup draw at Dubai, LIVE updates: Who will India face in the group stages?

2019 AFC Asian Cup draw at Dubai, LIVE updates: Who will India face in the group stages?

The 2019 AFC Asian Cup, which brings together the top 24 teams of the continent, will be held in the United Arab Emirates from January 5 to February 1, with the Azkals taking the pitch on January 7 against Korea.

Hosts UAE, Thailand and Bahrain are the other three teams in the group.

Iran, meanwhile, meet historic rivals Iraq in group D alongside Vietnam and Yemen as they seek to claim the title for the first time since 1976.

The top 24 teams from all over Asia, including hosts UAE were drawn into six groups of four teams each.

India sealed their qualification to the main draw back in October 2017 with two games to spare.

A number of highly anticipated match-ups is bound to thrill neutrals in Group E, which includes Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Lebanon, and North Korea.

To help the team prepare for the Asian Cup, the All India Football Federation are set to host a four-nation Inter-Continental Cup in Mumbai from June 1-10.

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Chhetri was part of the national team in the 2011 Doha Asian Cup, the last time India played in the continental championship.

UAE are ranked the highest in the group - 81. Additionally, the new trophy for the competition was presented.

Recollecting his experience from 2011, Miranda suggested that comparatively India are placed in an easier group and the left winger believes that maybe the team can make it to the knock-out stage.

AFC President Shaikh Salman said: "Since 1956 we have had the same trophy and in keeping with the new and exciting future of the competition, the AFC chose to commission a new trophy, one that captures the excitement and drama of the tournament ahead".

"The AFC Asian Cup gives us the opportunity to rub shoulders with the best of Asia and play against players who many of whom play in many a Premier League across Europe, and other parts of the world".

Saudi Arabia, who have won the AFC Asian Cup three times, will be looking forward to returning to the UAE, the place where they defeated the hosts on penalties in the 1996 final.

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