|كأس آسيا 2019|
|Host country||United Arab Emirates|
|Dates||5 January – 1 February|
|Teams||24 (from 1 confederation)|
|Venue(s)||8 (in 4 host cities)|
|Goals scored||130 (2.55 per match)|
|Attendance||644,307 (12,633 per match)|
|Fair play award|
The 2019 AFC Asian Cup was the 17th edition of the AFC Asian Cup, the quadrennial international men's football championship of Asia organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It was held in the United Arab Emirates from 5 January to 1 February 2019.The tournament was won for the first time by Qatar, who defeated Japan 3–1 in the final. This was also Qatar's first ever top 4 finish in the competition. Australia, the defending champions, were eliminated by the hosts at the quarter-final stages, while the hosts themselves lost to the eventual champions in the semi-finals.
The AFC Asian Cup is an international association football tournament run by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It is the second oldest continental football championship in the world after Copa América. The winning team becomes the champion of Asia and qualifies for the FIFA Confederations Cup.
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is the governing body of association football in Asia and Australia. It has 47 member countries, mostly located on the Asian and Australian continent, but excludes the transcontinental countries with territory in both Europe and Asia – Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkey – which are instead members of UEFA. Three other states located geographically along the western fringe of Asia – Cyprus, Armenia and Israel – are also UEFA members. On the other hand, Australia, formerly in the OFC, joined the Asian Football Confederation in 2006, and the Oceanian island of Guam, a territory of the United States, is also a member of AFC, in addition to Northern Mariana Islands, one of the Two Commonwealths of the United States. Hong Kong and Macau, although not independent countries, are also members of the AFC.
For the first time, the Asian Cup final tournament was contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the 16-team format that was used from 2004 to 2015.Under this new format, the finalists would contest a group stage consisting of six groups of four teams, followed by a knockout stage of 16 teams. The host nation qualified for the final tournament automatically, while the remaining 23 places were determined among the other 45 national teams of the AFC through a qualifying competition running from 2015 to 2018, part of which also served as part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification process for the confederation.
The 2004 AFC Asian Cup was the 13th edition of the men's AFC Asian Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It was held from 17 July to 7 August 2004 in China. The defending champions Japan defeated China in the final in Beijing.
The 2015 AFC Asian Cup was the 16th edition of the men's AFC Asian Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It was held in Australia from 9 to 31 January 2015. The tournament was won by Australia after defeating South Korea 2–1 in extra time in the final, thereby earning the right to participate in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, which was hosted by Russia. The win was Australia's first Asian title since their move from the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) in 2006. It was also the first time a men's team has become champions of two confederations, following Australia's four OFC Nations Cup titles: 1980, 1996, 2000 and 2004; right after the Australian women's team won the 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup.
The 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification was the qualification process organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to determine the participating teams for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, the 17th edition of the international men's football championship of Asia. For the first time, the Asian Cup final tournament was contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the 16-team format that was used from 2004 to 2015.
With the victory, Qatar regained the right to participate in the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup, after they had initially qualified automatically as hosts but then lost the hosting rights.
The 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup is scheduled to be the 11th edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup, a quadrennial international men's football tournament organized by FIFA. It is expected to be held in 2021, as a prelude to the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Germany are the title holders, having won the previous edition of the Confederations Cup in 2017.
The bidding procedure and timeline for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup was approved at the AFC congress on 28 November 2012.The winning bid was originally set to be announced at an AFC congress in June, then November 2014. However, at its 60th Anniversary celebrations at the end of 2014, AFC gave the date of 'summer 2015' to when an announcement would be made.
In January 2015, AFC general secretary Alex Soosay said that Iran and the United Arab Emirates were the only two remaining bidders for the 2019 Asian Cup, and that the eventual hosts would be announced in March 2015.
On 9 March 2015, during an AFC Executive Committee meeting in Manama, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates was announced as the host.This was the second time the country hosted the tournament, after the 1996 edition.
Manama is the capital and largest city of Bahrain, with an approximate population of 157,000 people. Long an important trading center in the Persian Gulf, Manama is home to a very diverse population. After periods of Portuguese and Persian control and invasions from the ruling dynasties of Saudi Arabia and Oman, Bahrain established itself as an independent nation during the 19th century period of British hegemony.
Bahrain, officially the Kingdom of Bahrain, is an island country in the Persian Gulf. The sovereign state comprises a small archipelago centered around Bahrain Island, situated between the Qatar peninsula and the north eastern coast of Saudi Arabia, to which it is connected by the 25-kilometre (16 mi) King Fahd Causeway. Bahrain's population is 1,234,571, including 666,172 non-nationals. It is 765.3 square kilometres (295.5 sq mi) in size, making it the third-smallest nation in Asia after the Maldives and Singapore.
The 1996 AFC Asian Cup was the 11th edition of the men's AFC Asian Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The finals were held in the United Arab Emirates between 4 and 21 December 1996. Saudi Arabia defeated hosts United Arab Emirates in the final match in Abu Dhabi. As the runners-up, the United Arab Emirates represented the AFC in the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup as the winners Saudi Arabia had qualified automatically as host.
The 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification process determined the 24 participating teams for the tournament. In 2014, a proposal to merge the preliminary qualification rounds of the FIFA World Cup with those of the AFC Asian Cup was ratified by the AFC Competitions Committee.The new qualification structure took place in three stages, with the first two merging with the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification. In the first round, the lowest ranked teams played home-and-away over two legs to reduce the total number of teams to 40. In the second round, the 40 teams were divided into eight groups of five to play home-and-away round-robin matches, where the eight group winners and the four best group runners-up qualified for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup finals. In the third round, the next best 24 teams eliminated from second round were divided into six groups of four and competed for the remaining slots of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. The first qualifying round of the qualification took place on 12 March 2015, and the final match of the third round took place on 27 March 2018.
India, Syria, Thailand and Turkmenistan qualified to the tournament after being absent in several Asian Cup tournaments spanning from 2004 to 2015. Lebanon and Vietnam both qualified for the first time after hosting the tournaments, in 2000 and 2007 respectively. For Vietnam, this was the first time they qualified for the AFC Asian Cup as a unified nation, having participated as South Vietnam in the first two editions (1956 and 1960), outside of hosting the 2007 edition. This was also the first time Yemen qualified for the AFC Asian Cup as a unified country, due to FIFA and AFC categorizing the participation of South Yemen in the 1976 as a distinct record not related to Yemen, who succeeded North Yemen. In addition to Yemen, the Philippines and Kyrgyzstan also marked this edition as their first times to qualify for an Asian Cup.
Tajikistan, along with its fellow CAFA member nation Afghanistan, were the only two countries from their confederation who failed to qualify for the tournament. Iran qualified to the Asian Cup for the first time as a CAFA member, having qualified as part of the WAFF before. Malaysia and Indonesia were the only co-hosts of the 2007 edition that did not qualify for the Asian Cup, as Malaysia had ended their campaign in disaster with just one point out of six matches; while Indonesia was barred from entering the qualification due to tension inside the PSSI which led to FIFA suspension. Kuwait was the only Arab country not to qualify for the Asian Cup, as they were also barred from completing the qualification due to FIFA's sanction. India remained as the only South Asian team to qualify for the tournament. On 13 November 2018 Asian Football Confederation warned the Iranian government to stop meddling in the country's football association, otherwise it may face sanctions before Asian cup games start in January.
The following 24 teams qualified for the final tournament:
|Hosts||9 March 2015||10th||2015||Runners-up (1996)||79|
|Second Round Group C winners||17 November 2015||10th||2015||Quarter-finals (2000, 2011)||93|
|Second Round Group G winners||13 January 2016||14th||2015||Winners (1956, 1960)||53|
|Second Round Group E winners||24 March 2016||9th||2015||Winners (1992, 2000, 2004, 2011)||50|
|Second Round Group F winners||24 March 2016||7th||2007||Third place (1972)||118|
|Second Round Group A winners||24 March 2016||10th||2015||Winners (1984, 1988, 1996)||69|
|Second Round Group B winners||29 March 2016||4th||2015||Winners (2015)||41|
|Second Round Group H winners||29 March 2016||7th||2015||Fourth place (2011)||95|
|Second Round Group D winners||29 March 2016||14th||2015||Winners (1968, 1972, 1976)||29|
|Second Round Group E runners-up||29 March 2016||6th||2011||Group stage (1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2011)||74|
|Second Round Group F runners-up||29 March 2016||9th||2015||Winners (2007)||88|
|Second Round Group C runners-up||29 March 2016||12th||2015||Runners-up (1984, 2004)||76|
|Third Round Group D runners-up||10 October 2017||2nd||2015||Group stage (2015)||99|
|Third Round Group D winners||10 October 2017||4th||2015||Group stage (2004, 2007, 2015)||82|
|Third Round Group A winners||11 October 2017||4th||2011||Runners-up (1964)||97|
|Third Round Group B winners||10 November 2017||2nd||2000||Group stage (2000)||81|
|Third Round Group E runners-up||14 November 2017||2nd||2004||Group stage (2004)||127|
|Third Round Group C winners||14 November 2017||4th||2015||Quarter-finals (2004, 2011)||109|
|Third Round Group E winners||14 November 2017||6th||2015||Fourth place (2004)||113|
|Third Round Group C runners-up||14 November 2017||4th||2007||Fourth place (1956 1 , 1960 1 )||100|
|Third Round Group A runners-up||22 March 2018||1st||Debut||None||91|
|Third Round Group B runners-up||27 March 2018||5th||2015||Fourth place (1980)||109|
|Third Round Group F winners||27 March 2018||1st||Debut||None||116|
|Third Round Group F runners-up||27 March 2018||1st 2||Debut||None||135|
The draw of the final tournament was held on 4 May 2018, 19:30 GST, at the Armani Hotel in the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.The FIFA rankings of April 2018 were used as basis for the seeding. The 12 teams that secured their place in the final tournament by the end of the second round of the qualification process were placed in Pots 1 and 2 while the remaining teams which qualified during the third round were allocated to the remaining pots. As hosts, the United Arab Emirates were seeded into Pot 1. The 24 teams were drawn into six groups of four teams, with the hosts placed in position A1. Four renowned Asian players: Ali Daei, Sun Jihai, Sunil Chhetri and Phil Younghusband were chosen to draw the teams.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4|
Teams were drawn consecutively into Group A to F. Teams from each pot were assigned to the positions of their groups following by number orders of group stage, for example Pot 1 team were assigned to A1, and continued.
The draw resulted in the following groups:
On 5 December 2018, the AFC announced the list of 30 referees, 30 assistant referees, two stand-by referees and two stand-by assistant referees, including one referee and two assistant referees from CONCACAF for the tournament.Video assistant referees (VAR) would be used from the quarter-finals onwards. In each match, the referee and his assistants were accompanied by two additional assistant referees stationed next to each team's goalpost.
Each team must register a squad of minimum 18 players and maximum 23 players, minimum three of whom must be goalkeepers.
After being awarded the bid, initially the UAE chose six stadiums to host the tournament. The six stadiums were Zayed Sports City Stadium and Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium and Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, and Dubai's Al Ahli Stadium and DSC Stadium. Later, two stadiums in Dubai were dropped due to financial problems and were replaced by Al Maktoum Stadium and Rashid Stadium, which were also located in Dubai.
After the 2015 Asian Cup, the AFC agreed to increase the number of teams from 16 to 24, following the UEFA Euro 2016. Hence, more stadiums were about to be chosen and rebuilt, in which Sharjah and Abu Dhabi won the rights to have more stadiums for the tournament. Sharjah Stadium and Al Nahyan Stadium were chosen aftermath, finalized the number of stadium to eight.
The eight venues used are Zayed Sports City Stadium, Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, and Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium and Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, Al Maktoum Stadium and Rashid Stadium in Dubai, and Sharjah Stadium in Sharjah.
|Zayed Sports City Stadium||Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium||Al Nahyan Stadium|
|Capacity: 43,206 (expanded)||Capacity: 37,500||Capacity: 12,201 (expanded)|
|Capacity: 12,000 (expanded)|
|Al Maktoum Stadium|
|Capacity: 15,058 (renovated)|
|Hazza bin Zayed Stadium||Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium||Sharjah Stadium|
|Capacity: 25,053||Capacity: 12,000||Capacity: 12,000|
The tournament was expanded to 24 teams from the previous format of 16 teams, which had been used since 2004. Only the hosts will receive an automatic qualification spot, while the other 23 teams will qualify through a qualification tournament. At the finals, the 24 teams will be drawn into six groups of four teams each. The teams in each group play a single round robin. After the group stage, the top two teams and the four best third teams will advance to the knockout stage, beginning with the round of 16. For the first time since a knockout stage was added to the competition in 1972, there will be no third place play-off. The format is exactly the one which was applied to UEFA Euro 2016, and is similar to the format of the 1986, 1990, and 1994 FIFA World Cups, except that the World Cup included a third place play-off.
The AFC announced the official match schedule on 7 May 2018.Zayed Sports City Stadium, one of three stadiums in Abu Dhabi, staged both the opening match and the final. At least five matches were allocated to each venue, with every ground hosting at least one match in the knockout stage. The semi-finals were played on different days in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. No city hosted two matches on the same day – except in the final round of group stage matches when simultaneous kick-off is required.
The top two teams of each group and the four best third-placed teams advanced to the round of 16.
All times are local, GST (UTC+4).
Teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria were applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings:
|1||3||1||2||0||4||2||+2||5||Advance to knockout stage|
| United Arab Emirates ||1–1|
| Thailand ||1–4|
| Bahrain ||0–1|
| India ||0–2|
| United Arab Emirates ||1–1|
|1||3||2||1||0||3||0||+3||7||Advance to knockout stage|
| Australia ||0–1|
| Syria ||0–0|
| Jordan ||2–0|
| Palestine ||0–3|
| Australia ||3–2|
|1||3||3||0||0||4||0||+4||9||Advance to knockout stage|
| China PR ||2–1|
| South Korea ||1–0|
| Philippines ||0–3|
| Kyrgyzstan ||0–1|
| South Korea ||2–0|
|1||3||2||1||0||7||0||+7||7||Advance to knockout stage|
| Iran ||5–0|
| Iraq ||3–2|
| Vietnam ||0–2|
| Yemen ||0–3|
| Vietnam ||2–0|
|1||3||3||0||0||10||0||+10||9||Advance to knockout stage|
| Saudi Arabia ||4–0|
| Qatar ||2–0|
| Lebanon ||0–2|
| North Korea ||0–6|
| Saudi Arabia ||0–2|
|1||3||3||0||0||6||3||+3||9||Advance to knockout stage|
| Japan ||3–2|
| Uzbekistan ||2–1|
| Oman ||0–1|
| Turkmenistan ||0–4|
| Oman ||3–1|
|1||A||3||1||1||1||2||2||0||4||Advance to knockout stage|
In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary.A fourth substitution could be made during extra time.
|Round of 16||Quarter-finals||Semi-finals||Final|
|20 January – Hazza bin Zayed|
|24 January – Mohammed bin Zayed|
|20 January – Mohammed bin Zayed|
|28 January – Hazza bin Zayed|
|20 January – Al Maktoum|
|24 January – Al Maktoum|
|21 January – Sharjah|
|1 February – Zayed Sports City|
|22 January – Rashid|
|25 January – Zayed Sports City|
|22 January – Al Nahyan|
|29 January – Mohammed bin Zayed|
|21 January – Zayed Sports City|
|25 January – Hazza bin Zayed|
|21 January – Khalifa bin Zayed|
| Jordan ||1–1 (a.e.t.)|
| Thailand ||1–2|
| Iran ||2–0|
| Japan ||1–0|
| Australia ||0–0 (a.e.t.)|
| United Arab Emirates ||3–2 (a.e.t.)|
| South Korea ||2–1 (a.e.t.)|
| Vietnam ||0–1|
| China PR ||0–3|
| South Korea ||0–1|
| Iran ||0–3|
There were 130 goals scored in 51 matches, for an average of 2.55 goals per match.
1 own goal
A player was automatically suspended for the next match for the following offences:
The following suspensions were served during the tournament:
|Group C vs Kyrgyzstan (matchday 1; 7 January)|
|Group B vs Australia (matchday 2; 11 January)|
|Group E vs Qatar (matchday 2; 13 January)|
|Group F vs Turkmenistan (matchday 2; 13 January)|
|Group A vs United Arab Emirates (matchday 3; 14 January)|
|Group B vs Palestine (matchday 3; 15 January)|
|Group B vs Syria (matchday 3; 15 January)|
|Group B vs Jordan (matchday 3; 15 January)|
|Group C vs China PR (matchday 3; 16 January)|
|Group D vs Yemen (matchday 3; 16 January)|
|Group E vs Qatar (matchday 3; 17 January)|
|Group E vs Lebanon (matchday 3; 17 January)|
|Round of 16 vs China PR (20 January)|
|Quarter-final vs Iran (24 January)|
|Quarter-final vs China PR (24 January)|
|Quarter-final vs Vietnam (24 January)|
|Quarter-final vs United Arab Emirates (25 January)|
|Quarter-final vs Australia (25 January)|
|Quarter-final vs South Korea (25 January)|
|Semi-final vs Japan (28 January)|
|Semi-final vs United Arab Emirates (29 January)|
The official logo of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup was unveiled on 23 January 2017 in Abu Dhabi during the drawing ceremony for the third round of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification.The colors used in the logo were derived from the flag of the UAE. The seven hexagons formed by colored ribbons represents the seven emirates of the host country. The interlacing hexagon pattern of the logo was inspired from Islamic art, as well as the old Emirati tradition of using palm leaves, locally known as saf, in weaving. The outer circle along with the geometric design within it symbolizes the sport of football.
The slogan "Bringing Asia Together" (Arabic : جمع آسيا معاً) was unveiled on 5 January 2018, a year before the tournament's kick-off.
The official match ball was provided by Molten Corporation.According from the AFC, the match ball would be known as Molten Acentec.
During the final draw on 4 May 2018, two mascots, Mansour and Jarrah, were unveiled. Mansour is a typical Arab football kid, while Jarrah is an Arabian falcon with lightning speed.
Also on the drawing day on 4 May 2018, an all new trophy made by Thomas Lyte was unveiled. It is 78 centimeters tall, 42 centimeters wide, and weighs 15 kilograms of silver.The trophy is modeled over lotus flower, a symbolically important aquatic Asian plant. Five petals of the lotus symbolized the five sub-confederations under the AFC. The winner names are engraved around the trophy base, which is separable from the trophy's main body.
Total prize money pool for the tournament was US$14,800,000.The champions would receive US$5 million, the runners-up will receive USD$3 million, and the losing semi-finalists would receive US$1 million. All 24 participating teams would also receive US$200,000.
The tournament organizers held a competition where fans got to choose and vote on slogans to be used on the team buses of the 24 participating national teams.
The tournament was broadcast live by around 80 TV channels covering the whole world. 800 million people were expected to watch matches,with the tournament reaching a potential TV audience of more than 2.5 billion people. Below was the list of confirmed broadcasting right holders for 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
ESPN5 made a "competitive bid" to broadcast the tournament on free-to-air television in the Philippines, but it was not accepted by the AFC.
In the Middle East, where Qatar-based BeIN Sports has rights to broadcast the Asian Cup in the region, BeoutQ (allegedly backed by Saudi Arabia) also illegally broadcast the tournament as part of a proxy conflict in a diplomatic crisis between Qatar and various Arab states. The AFC has noted BeoutQ's broadcast and condemned it for "persistent and illegal screening".
At the end of the tournament, AFC announced that the 2019 Asian Cup was the most engaging in history across all social platforms reaching 169.4 million impressions, an increase by more than fifteen times from the 11 million reach from 2015 AFC Asian Cup.
Broadcast rights are sold by Lagardère Sports on behalf of the AFC.
|Country or Territory||Television broadcaster(s)||Online/streaming transmission||Ref.|
|Middle East and North Africa||BeIN Sports||BeIN Sports Connect|
|Arena Sport||Klik Sport|
|Fox Sports||Foxtel Go|
|BeIN Sports||BeIN Sports Connect|
|JTBC3 Fox Sports|
|Channel 7||Bugaboo TV|
Many ticket-holding fans were locked out of the Group B match between Palestine and Australia, with management closing a number of Rashid Stadium gates before the start of the match “in the interests of fan safety”. Rashid Stadium was one of the smallest stadiums in the tournament with only 12,000 seats and many non-ticket holding fans attempted to watch the match without buying tickets. The organizing committee issued a statement for the reasons of closure stating “Ahead of kick-off a large crowd of fans with and without tickets had gathered over a short period of time outside the stadium, which resulted in the need to secure the area." They then issued an apology to supporters who were “inconvenienced or left disappointed” and issued an investigative probe to insure it to be an isolated incident.
As a result of 2017–19 Qatar diplomatic crisis between Qatar and number of its neighbours since 5 June 2017, including the United Arab Emirates as the host country, the UAE suspended all direct flights between the two countries and initially banned Qatari citizens from entering their country,although the Emirati government later announced that it would permit Qatari citizens temporary entry into the country pending approval from Emirati authorities. According to a report, Saoud al-Mohannadi, a Qatari national who is the AFC vice-president and chairman of the organizing committee for the Asian Cup, was unable to enter the UAE two days prior to the tournament's start because Emirati authorities had not yet cleared him. The director of the 2019 AFC Organizing Committee denied reports that Al Mohannadi was refused entry and declared that Al Mohannadi has arrived on Friday morning and was preparing for his meetings. The director stated that there was no evidence that shows he was unable to enter and stated that this news has "political purposes". He stated "We try to keep sports away from politics."
The diplomatic crisis prevented many fans from attending Qatar matches in the UAE. This had affected attendance figures in Qatar matches, as little more than 450 people spectated the Group E clash between North Korea and Qatar on 13 January.The UAE government had confirmed previously that Qatari citizens may enter UAE with prior permission obtained directly through a hotline from UAE authorities.
According to Qatar's Sports Press Committee, five Qatar-based media representatives were denied entry into the UAE despite having entry visas and receiving assurances that they would be allowed to attend and report on the tournament by the AFC.The AFC Media Committee dismissed the Qatari reports and stated that some of the Qatar-based journalists confused visit visas with work visas and advised all journalists to contact them if they encounter any issues with the entry visa type.
According to Al Jazeera, the final match, which was won by Qatar, was played "almost entirely without" Qatari support from the stands, due to the travel ban.However, according to Qatar based The Peninsula large number of Qatar fans supported the Qatari team in the stadium, stating "The large number of fans who supported the Qatari team were wearing the logo of Al Annabi [The Maroons] with the background of the names of various players. Apart from their attendance, they carried flags in the stadium and continued to cheer for Al Annabi [The Maroons] players and sing songs throughout the game."
During the semifinal match between Qatar and hosts United Arab Emirates, some UAE supporters threw bottles and footwear into the match after Qatari players scored their second goal, the latter is considered deeply offensive in the Middle East. One of the Qatari players, Salem Al Hajri, was struck on the head with a shoe after Qatar scored its third goal. This conduct was preceded by booing the Qatari national anthem. Qatar won 4–0 despite the situation, reaching their first Asian Cup final.Afterwards, the AFC declared that it would conduct an investigation into the proceedings.
On 30 January 2019, soon after the hosts lost to Qatar in the semi-finals, the United Arab Emirates Football Association lodged a formal appeal to the AFC over the eligibility of Sudanese-born Almoez Ali and Iraqi-born Bassam Al-Rawi, claiming that they did not qualify to play for Qatar on residency grounds per Article 7 of the Regulations Governing the Application of the FIFA statutes, which states a player is eligible to play for a representative team if he has "lived continuously for at least five years after reaching the age of 18 on the territory of the relevant association".It was alleged that Ali and Al-Rawi had not lived continuously in Qatar for at least five years over the age of 18, although the players claimed that their mothers were born in Qatar.
Only hours prior to the start of the final on 1 February 2019, the AFC Disciplinary and Ethics Committee announced that it had dismissed the protest lodged by the UAEFA.
A British-Sudanese football fan was allegedly beaten by fans for wearing a Qatar football shirt to a match in which Qatar was playing and then, after investigation by the police, arrested for wasting police time and making false statements of being assaulted.According to The Guardian, the fan was arrested for wearing a Qatar football shirt. The claim was denied by UAE authorities who stated the fan was arrested for wasting police time and making false assault claims to the police. The UAE police said that the fan had admitted to making false statements. A UAE official in London stated “He was categorically not arrested for wearing a Qatar football shirt. This is instead an instance of a person seeking media attention and wasting police time.” According to photos shown by The National, fans were seen waving the Qatari flag and wearing Qatari football shirts without any instances of arrests.
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Vietnam has qualified for four AFC Asian Cups so far: 1956 AFC Asian Cup, 1960 AFC Asian Cup, 2007 AFC Asian Cup and 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
Thailand national football team so far has participated in six AFC Asian Cup and is expected to make their seven debut in 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
The Iran men's national football team has participated in 14 editions of the AFC Asian Cup, first appearing in the 1968 Asian Cup after automatically qualifying as hosts. Overall, Iran is one of the most successful teams in Asia, having won three titles from 1968 to 1976. However, after the 1976 Asian Cup, Iran's best performance is just third place.
Since the AFC Asian Cup was founded in 1956, Qatar national football team has participated in 10 Asian Cups: 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019. However, before the 2019 edition, Qatar only reached the quarter-finals twice: in 2000 as one of the two best third-place teams when the tournament had only 12 nations competed and in 2011, when it finished second in Group A behind Uzbekistan.
Kyrgyzstan national football team, since independence from the Soviet Union, has struggled to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup. Not considering to be a top team, Kyrgyzstan was regarded as a weaker team, prior to 2010s.
Since the AFC Asian Cup was founded, so far, Bahrain national football team has qualified for at least six Asian Cups, starting from 1988 and since 2004 to now will be 2019. Bahrain, in spite of lesser population, has achieved a lot of impressive results, notably beating South Korea and Qatar 2–1 in 2007 and 2015, or thrilling with Japan in 2004 which Bahrain lost. However, in all six appearances, Bahrain's best result is just fourth place, in 2004, also the only time they qualified from the group stage. Since then, Bahrain has never repeated the feat.
Although has been part of the Middle East, which is often known for its success in football arena, Yemen national football team is not considered as a successful team comparing to their neighbors and cousins. Despite having youth teams to participate in big tournaments, notably Yemen national under-17 football team had participated in one FIFA U-17 World Cup, Yemen had remained under shadow of other Arab teams, often failed to qualify for major tournament. Since the Yemeni Civil War erupted in 2015, Yemen had been unable to play in their home ground. Against all odd, Yemen had managed history and become the last Arab team in the Middle East to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup. They will make debut in 2019.