2019 AFC Asian Cup

2019 AFC Asian Cup
كأس آسيا 2019
2019 AFC Asian Cup logo.svg
Tournament details
Host countryUnited Arab Emirates
Dates5 January – 1 February
Teams24 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)8 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Qatar (1st title)
Runners-up Japan
Tournament statistics
Matches played51
Goals scored130 (2.55 per match)
Attendance644,307 (12,633 per match)
Top scorer(s)Qatar Almoez Ali (9 goals)[1]
Best player(s)Qatar Almoez Ali[1]
Best goalkeeperQatar Saad Al Sheeb[2]
Fair play award Japan[3]

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.[4]

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 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. The defending champions (Australia), were eliminated by the hosts (UAE) at the quarter-final stages, who subsequently lost to the eventual champions in the semi-finals.

Host selection

The bidding procedure and timeline for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup was approved at the AFC congress on 28 November 2012.[5] The winning bid was originally set to be announced at an AFC congress in June, then November 2014.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8]

On 9 March 2015, during an AFC Executive Committee meeting in Manama, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates was announced as the host.[9] This was the second time the country hosted the tournament, after the 1996 edition.

Other Languages
العربية: كأس آسيا 2019
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Кубак Азіі па футболе 2019 году
Bahasa Indonesia: Piala Asia AFC 2019
Bahasa Melayu: Piala Asia 2019
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Osiyo kubogi 2019 AFC
српски / srpski: АФК азијски куп 2019.