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AFC Asian Cup 2019: How India's opponents Thailand qualified for the finals

06 May 2018, 06:39 | Tara Lloyd

India captain Sunil Chhetri with coach Stephen Constantine

India captain Sunil Chhetri with coach Stephen Constantine

Asian Cup titleholder Australia faces Syria, a team the Socceroos defeated in a World Cup playoff in October, as well as Palestine and Jordan.

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.

Group C: South Korea, China, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines.

A new trophy and a new ball was also presented as the AFC formally bade farewell to Nike as its technical partner with Japanese-made Molten stepping in as the confederations' new partner beginning with this tournament that will kick off on January 5.

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India will play 2 games in Abu Dhabi and one game will be played at Sharjah.

Thailand failed to qualify for the previous two Asian Cup finals.

Australia assistant coach Ante Milicic says he expects the UAE to represent formidable hosts when the Asian Cup kicks off in the Emirates early next year.

This is India's fourth qualification to the AFC Asian Cup, the last one being in Doha in 2011. Everyone is young and dynamic but the 2011 team was more solid. They lost 3-1 or 4-1 to Japan in Japan. He took a Dutch team to the final of the World Cup.

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The prize money is just a host of enhancements introduced to strengthen the stature of Asia's most prestigious competition.

Defending champion Australia will renew its rivalry with Syria at the Asian Cup finals after being drawn alongside the Middle Eastern nation.

"I think I am really happy about the way we have played but the stage we are talking about is very different". Additionally, the new trophy for the competition was presented.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an event organised by Kia Motors to select kids as the official match ball carriers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Chhetri said: "We will try to get as many points from the first game and will then think about the second game". India were clubbed with hosts UAE, Thailand and Bahrain in Group A.

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The first match featuring Molten balls will kick off on January 5, 2019 at the opening match of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 - an event that enjoys a television reach of more than two billion people.



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