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Three smart people to replace China in 2023 Asian Cup final

29 Jun 2022 | 04:28 | LATEST POSTS

Three smart people to replace China in 2023 Asian Cup final

According to Australia’s News.au, three countries, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Japan, hope to replace China as the host. Previously, Australia was seen as a sensible candidate to take over the role left by China. However, Kangaroo Nation decided to give up the game.

Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Japan are considered Asia’s “big boys” both economically and football. In addition, extensive experience in organizing sports events large and small is also the basis for these countries to prepare for the Asian Cup final in a short period of time.

Three smart people to replace China in 2023 Asian Cup final
Three talented candidates take over from China to host the 2023 Asian Cup final.

In May 2019, China was designated by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) as the host of the 2023 Asian Cup final, but recently stopped giving up the hosting rights due to the complicated development of the Covid-19 outbreak.

After receiving this notice, the AFC tasked the governing body to determine the terms and requirements of the emergency host country procedure to find a new alternative country for China.

Immediately afterwards, the AFC issued an invitation to host all member federations. If any country qualifies, it will send out tenders until June 30. In addition, the AFC leadership also confirmed that the 2023 Asian Cup final will remain unchanged.

Three smart people to replace China in 2023 Asian Cup final
24 teams will participate in the 2023 Asian Cup.

At present, 24 teams have been determined for the 2023 Asian Cup final, including Japan, Syria, Qatar, South Korea, Australia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, China, Iraq, Oman, Vietnam, Lebanon, Jordan, Indonesia, Palestine, Uzbekistan Stan, Thailand, India, Hong Kong, Bahrain, Malaysia, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

2023 Asian Cup Seed Grouping

The 2023 Asian Cup is the second time the tournament has featured 24 teams. The 24 teams will be divided into 4 seed groups of 6 teams each based on the FIFA rankings. From here, the draw will determine 6 groups (4 teams each). At the end of the group stage, the top two and the best four third place in each group advance to 1/8.

In this year’s competition, the process was slower than expected due to the Covid-19 outbreak, when host China returned the hosting rights. The seed group for the lottery has not been officially announced. However, calculations based on FIFA rankings were able to pinpoint the seed groups almost exactly.

Three smart people to replace China in 2023 Asian Cup final
Will Vietnam have a favorable group at the 2023 Asian Cup?

Vietnam is expected to enter Group 2 along with the UAE, Iraq, Oman, China and Syria. The remaining three representatives from Southeast Asia, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia will all enter the fourth seed group.

Expected 4 seeded groups for the 2023 Asian Cup group stage

  • Group 1: Iran, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar
  • Group 2: UAE, Iraq, Oman, China, Syria, Vietnam
  • Group 3: Uzbekistan, Bahrain, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Palestine
  • Group 4: India, Thailand, Tajikistan, Hong Kong (China), Malaysia, Indonesia

Compared with the 2019 Asian Cup, the Vietnamese team has improved from the No. 3 seed group to the No. 2 seed group, ranking in the second group to help the red shirts avoid the UAE, Iraq, Oman and other strong teams. At the same time, many teams in Groups 3 and 4 are quite familiar with Mr. Park Hengrui and the coach.

According to experts, no matter which opponent they face, if Vietnam is ready, they will be able to compete for one of the top two spots in the group stage of the 2023 Asian Cup.

4 Southeast Asian teams set a new milestone in the Asian Cup

The 2023 Asian Cup is the first time in Southeast Asia that four representatives have qualified at the same time. The four teams are Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Vietnam, in particular, qualified for the second round of the 2022 World Cup in the final.

The remaining three teams have just passed the third qualifying round of the 2023 Asian Cup, and they have secured the final round of tickets after finishing second in the best-of-5 groups. The remaining Southeast Asian teams including the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar and Cambodia were eliminated.

Three smart people to replace China in 2023 Asian Cup final
There are 4 representatives from Southeast Asia in the 2023 Asian Cup final.

This is the first time that four teams from Southeast Asia have qualified for the final round of the 2023 Asian Cup. In the 2007 Asian Cup, four teams from Southeast Asia also participated in the final, namely Vietnam and Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. However, at the time, they were invited as co-hosts.

This is also the last time Malaysia and Indonesia will participate in the Asian Cup final. Meanwhile, Vietnam and Thailand have just participated in the 2019 Asian Cup final, and “Dry Elephant” is the most experienced team on the field, with a total of 8 participating teams. Vietnam and Indonesia also participated in the final 5 times, and the last team was Malaysia 3 times.

The 2023 Asian Cup final will be played from June 16 to July 16, 2023. According to the original plan, China was the host of the competition, but due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the country requested not to host it. At present, the AFC is urgently looking for a new host for this tournament.

Why are there 5 Southeast Asian teams in the 2023 Asian Cup Finals?

According to the Southeast Asian Football Federation (AFF), the representatives of the five Southeast Asian countries participating in the 2023 Asian Cup finals are Australia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. Among them, Australia and Vietnam have obtained tickets for the second qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup in advance, while three teams of Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia have just won tickets for the third round of qualifying for the 2023 Asian Cup.

Three smart people to replace China in 2023 Asian Cup final
Australia is the fifth Southeast Asian football representative for the 2023 Asian Cup final.

In 2013, the Oceania team Australia officially joined the Southeast Asian Football Association (AFF) and became the No. 1 team in the region. While the Australian men’s team has never played in the AFC Cup, their youth team has played in the U16s and U19s. The Australian women’s team will first compete in the Southeast Asian Women’s Championship in the Philippines in July.

Not only did they get tickets for the 2023 Asian Cup final, but after beating Peru in the past intercontinental play-offs, the Australian men’s team also got tickets for the 2022 World Cup final. This is Australia’s fifth consecutive World Cup participation, which is the pride of the Southeast Asian Football Association.

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