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Football: Asian Cup Australia 2015 tops Qatar 2011 attendance

Australia beat China in front of over 46,000 fans at Brisbane Stadium. Photo: WSG.

Australia beat China in front of over 46,000 fans at Brisbane Stadium. Photo: WSG.

January 23, 2015: Total attendance figures at the ongoing AFC Asian Cup in Australia have surpassed the final figure reached at Qatar 2011.

 

After the completion of Thursday’s first two quarter-finals, 465,381 fans have attended the matches so far, surging past the total of 421,000 four years ago.

 

Dato’ Alex Soosay, General Secretary, Asian Football Confederation, said: “The fans are making this a truly remarkable festival of football. The overwhelming support is heartening and we are on course to surpass our initial attendance estimation, which is a wonderful achievement. We are focused on giving fans a great football experience and the increasing support is further proof we have been doing just that.”

 

A total of 23,381 watched Korea Republic beat Uzbekistan in extra-time in Melbourne on Thursday before 46,067 fans watched Australia beat China 2-0 in Brisbane to also reach the semi-finals.

 

Michael Brown, CEO of the Local Organising Committee, said: “Australians have responded with great enthusiasm and passion for this tournament and turned out in fantastic numbers.

 

“We’ve seen football fans, multicultural communities and the wider sporting audience turning up for the games in every city and I want to thank them for their support. I am proud of the great spirit in which the football has been played and in which the fans have celebrated and supported their teams.”

 

Iran take on Iraq on Friday in Canberra, while Japan meet the UAE in Sydney in the two remaining quarter-finals.

 

Source: WSG / AFC Asian Cup (www.afcasiancup.com); Editing by SportAsia

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